Unicorns wins IFW grant

by Leah Meyerhoff

Unicorns recently received a Panasonic Grant at IFP’s Independent Film Week

IFW winners

A Sundance Lab finalist, UNICORNS tells the story of an awkward teenage girl who escapes to a fantasy world when her first romantic relationship turns increasingly abusive. Writer/Director Leah Meyerhoff is a Student Academy Award finalist and Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winning NYU grad. Her short films have screened in over 200 film festivals, won a dozen international awards, and are currently airing on IFC, LOGO and MTV. Executive produced by Allison Anders (Things Behind the Sun, Gas Food Lodging) and produced by Alexis Fish (Shortbus) and Heather Rae (2008 Sundance winner Frozen River) UNICORNS was recently accepted into IFP’s Emerging Narratives program.


Full list of Independent Film Week honors:

Independent Filmmaker Lab Finishing Grant: “A Thing as Big as the Ocean,” directed by Joseph Cashiola

Adrienne Shelly Director’s Grant: “Sorry, Thanks,” directed by Dia Sokol

Kodak Grand Jury Screenwriting Prize: “Walrus Eating Baloney,” written by Benjamin Bates

Fledgling Fund Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries: “The Promise of Freedom,” directed by Beth Murphy

Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants: Damian Lahey and Ian Ogden for “Child in the Dark; J.P. Chan for “Chinos y Negros”; Pascal Leister and Nissar Modi for “Gringo Bay”; Leah Meyerhoff for “Unicorns“; and Shiva Ramanathan for “The Unseen”

Grand Prize Winners of the Panasonic Digital Filmmaking Grants: Annie Howell for “The Black Kid,” Susan Youssef for “Habibi Rasak Kharban,” Matthew Porterfield for “Metal Gods.”