Northwest Film Forum Awards Mirta Desir $25,000 as the 2023 Recipient of the Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant

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We are proud to announce Mirta Desir as the recipient of the fourth annual Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant! 🎉🎉

Desir will receive an unrestricted cash award of $25,000 to support her first narrative feature film, ANGIE. Desir describes ANGIE as “a love letter to Latin American artists and Haitians’ oral history — a marriage of human drama and the power of Voudou.”

“The Lynn Shelton ‘Of a Certain Age’ Grant is an amazing source of support for women filmmakers whose moment has come due to our life experience, hard work and persistence. With this grant, I'll be able to bring ANGIE, a story that has lived with me for some time, into reality,” Desir said. “ANGIE is a story that I am compelled to tell. It is based on two things: Haiti's historical interconnectedness with Voudou and my love for my younger sister, who died too young. Through the lens of magical realism, ANGIE explores the bond between sisters and its power to overcome the worst of circumstances.”

Co-founded by Duplass Brothers Productions and NWFF, and with major ongoing support from COLOR, Eliza Flug, CB Shamah, Lacey Leavitt Gray, Megan Griffiths, Colin Trevorrow, Olivia Newman, Marc Maron, Jennessa & Rob West, Kat Candler, Michaela Watkins, Rosemarie DeWitt, and additional community members, the Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant is now in its fourth year. It champions a U.S.-based female, non-binary, and/or transgender filmmaker – age 39 or older – in the process of developing and directing their first narrative feature.

This year’s Award Selection Committee was comprised of Jane Charles, Saelyx Finna, and Numa Perrier.

"It has been an honor to be a part of this grant," NWFF Grants Manager Mikayla Nicholson said. "Every year we receive an incredible crop of applications, and this year is no different. After a lengthy deliberation process, the panelists unanimously decided that Desir showed immense talent to make a great and distinctive first feature film. The panelists were drawn to her use of magical realism to tell a deeply personal story, and the way she articulated her inspirations and her vision in her application."