New York-based production company Durga Entertainment and IFP have announced the honouree of the second annual grant.


The recipient of the $20,000 Durga Entertainment Filmmaker Grant is Olivia Newman.

The grant was created to “acknowledge the distinctive challenge of balancing parenthood with independent filmmaking and to recognize the importance of career and creative sustainability.”

American directors working in narrative film who are also alumni of IFP were eligible to apply. 

Newman is a mother of two young children and said she plans to use the grant to produce her first narrative feature, First Match.