The Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant was established by Northwest Film Forum alongside Duplass Brothers Productions to honor Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who passed away tragically on May 16th, 2020.

The $25,000 unrestricted cash grant will be awarded each year to a woman or non-binary U.S. filmmaker, age 39 or older, who has yet to direct a narrative feature.

Please review 2020 grant details on the Northwest Film Forum website.

We are currently redesigning our grant application process for 2021.


Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant Awarded to Miami-Based Caribbean-American Filmaker Keisha Rae Witherspoon

Award Selection Committee Included Justin Chang, Nia DaCosta, Mel Eslyn, Aurora Guerrero, and Nahnatchka Khan

The recipient of the 2020 Lynn Shelton “Of A Certain Age” grant is Keisha Rae Witherspoon, a Caribbean-American filmmaker based in Miami. “From a truly stellar group of nominees I’m so excited for our winner, Keisha Rae Witherspoon,” Nia DaCosta said. “Her point of view, visual acuity and humane sensitivity make her work electrifying. She creates in the exciting mode of our late Lynn Shelton. I feel there is a kinship in the process between them—an unbreakable and clear thread between their distinctive works.” READ FULL PRESS RELEASE.

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