Announces its Westridge Grants Winners for 2020
And the date to request Grants to U.S.  Filmakers

By Iride Aparicio

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.  On June 9th, in partnership with the WESTRIDGE FOUNDATION, the SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL announced the projects that will receive a total of $100,000 in funding. 

Awarded twice annually, the Grants are given to US based filmmakers whose stories take place primarily in the United States and focus on significant social issues and questions of our time. The Grants provide support to film project in their critical early stages, safeguarding filmmakers' creative processes and allowing artists to concentrate on thoughtfully developing their stories while building the right strategy and infrastructure to guide them through financing and production. The Recipients will also benefit from SFFIM's comprehensive and dynamic artist development program SF FILMMAKERS as well as support and counsel for WESTRDIGE FOUNDATION as mentor.

Five filmmaking teams have been granted funding to help support the screenwriting stage of their narrative feature film.
The films are:

The Girl
LACI  DENT (Top left) Writer/director/producer- screenwriter -$20,000.

Salt  (Sabras)
SUSHMA KHADEPAUN, (Top center) Writer/Director, MONIQUE WALTON, producer (US) and ANDREA KUEHNEL, Producer (Germany) - Screenwriting- $20,000.

Tiger Girl 
ANDREW THOMAS HUANG, (Top left) writer/director; ANGELA C. LEE, NATE MATTESON and HIRO MURAI Producers --Screen writing -- $20,000.

Untitled Opa-locka Project
KEISHA RAE WITHERSPOON, (Bottom left) director/co-writer; JASON FITZROY JEFFERS,  co-writer/producer; JONATHAN DAVID KANE, Producer --Screenwriting--$20,000

The Weight of Land
DANIEL de LACERDA e DRUMMOND,(Bottom right) writer/director/producer : AaRON FINKGIA RIGOLI and ESTEBAN ZULUAGA, producers-screenwriting -- $20,000.

the SFFILM Westridge Grant is part of a robust suite of funding and support initiatives facilitated by SFFILM makers. Additional programs include the development brand of SFFILM Rainin Grant, the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund, the Film House artist residency program and a range of fellowships and professional development opportunities. For information visit

The application period for the next round of grants is now open at the final deadline to apply is July 2.



Director/co-writer:W THOMAS HUANG, Writer/Director,  ANDELA C. LEE, NATE MATTESON, and HIRA MORAI, Producers - Screenwriting - $20,000
Untitled Opa-Locka Project KEI