The national alliance organisation of US Women In Film (WIF) has announced the winners of the second annual WIF/GM 2007 Acceleration Grant For Emerging Filmmakers.

The winners are: Jamie Taucher from Sedona, Arizona; Julia Kots from New York, New York; Connie M Florez from Honolulu, Hawaii; Joyce Lee from San Francisco, California; and Mabel Valdiviezo, who also hails from San Francisco.

The grant provides the recipients with a broad-based understanding of the business of film-making through a six-day, full-immersion mentoring programme, shepherded by WIF members, which include some of the industry's most successful female talent.

Taucher is a recent graduate of the Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking and intends to turn Sea Of Change into a full-length film.

Kots is currently an MFA candidate in the film programme at Columbia University's School for the Arts, and her short film Naturalized and feature script Natural Market explore the Russian Immigrant identity.

Florez has been working in the Hawaii film and television industry for 10 years and served as producer for the recently completed narrative feature All For Melissa. She is also working on three documentaries: Hawaii Statehood Project, The Glades Project and TATAU-Tongan Evolution.

Lee started out as a 2-D visual artist and used her skills in the 3-D animated short Paper Words.

Valdiviezo has been making documentary, narrative and experimental films for nearly 10 years and is currently developing a feature called Soledad Is Gone Forever.

This year's winners will be hosted by the WIF/GM Alliance from Oct 31-Nov. 6, and will receive full access badges to the AFM in Santa Monica.