The Academy’s annual Apprenticeship Program aims at providing female directors across the country the opportunity to further develop and advance their careers across all platforms.
Over the last year, the ACLU has heard directly from 50 women in the directing industry. [expand title=”See more”]Their stories mirror the dismal numbers reported, but more importantly give voice to the discrimination they endure.
Our mission is to expand, explore and create business opportunities for minority women filmmakers throughout the entertainment industry.
Alliance of Women Directors was founded in 1997 by alumnae of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women as a community of peers to share information and support one another’s career advancement. In the decades since our inception, our values haven’t changed. Today we are an inclusive collective of over 250 professional women-identifying and gender nonbinary directors working together to affect positive, lasting change in the entertainment industry. A relentless advocate for gender parity, AWD believes it is vital that stories are told from all perspectives. Representation matters. AWD is committed to substantially increasing the number of working women directors in film, television, commercials and new media by: Providing education and professional support for members in the form of hands-on craft enrichment, mentorship, and education Developing and leveraging relationships with industry partners Partnering with like-minded organizations to increase our reach and impact Alliance of Women Directors’ members range from recent graduates to award-winning veterans. Each has achieved professional status by having directed at least one long or short-form narrative film, television program, documentary, commercial or new media program that has been recognized by the creative community. We hope you’ll join us as a member, ally, volunteer or donor.
Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is a nonprofit international association of 90 leading female film journalists who are based in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Austria, Italy, Germany and Serbia., working in print, broadcast and online media. AWFJ was founded in 2006 to amplify the voices of women critics, provide a platform for women’s perspectives on film and support women working in all aspects of cinema in front of and behind the cameras. At www.AWFj.org, we publish and aggregate women’s film reviews, feature AWFJ’s Movie of the Week, spotlight women’s achievements in cinema and report industry developments pertaining to women. We present EDA Awards for outstanding achievement at year’s end and for best female-directed films at select film festivals. We partner with other organizations in educational programs and community outreach. We admin The Female Gaze Forum on Facebook, and welcome new members. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An independent film distribution and resource collective comprised of arts advocacy organizations, maverick volunteers and rebel member donors worldwide. Our work is dedicated to the amplication of independent films by people of color and women globally.
Artemis Motion Pictures is dedicated to re-defining the feminine principal in film. Our mission is female action and empowerment. We not only wish to celebrate, we wish to elevate. We believe that film has both the power to entertain and to awaken – to awaken people’s awareness of the dynamic and powerful roles of women in our society and throughout the world. We aim to kick ass and open minds. We are content producers, and creators of The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival, the #WomenKickAss Library, your resources for content featuring female action and empowerment heroes; the #WomenKickAss Forum, a blog dedicated to empowered women, the #WomenKickAss Podcast, and yes you guessed it! dedicated to empowered women!
Black Chick Media, a Columbus, OH based international consulting firm specializing in the arts, was formed to create and promote opportunities such as film festivals, workshops, networking sessions, writing groups, seminars and other events centered on the arts of the Diaspora. Currently, we work with local, national, and international professional artists and organizations promoting recognition and empowerment of the Black creative community.
The Black List and Women In Film will invite six to eight promising non-professional television writers who identify as women to the Lab.
Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) is a collective of women (and non-binary) filmmakers and industry representatives of color. The collective builds community online and in person to further members’ creative enrichment, exchange resources and ideas, and bolster professional growth and opportunity.
The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University is home to the longest running and most comprehensive studies of women working in television and film. Dedicated to producing extensive and timely research, reports generated by the Center provide the foundation for a realistic and meaningful discussion of women’s on-screen representation and behind-the-scenes employment. The Center produces annual studies including The Celluloid Ceiling: Behind the Scenes Employment of Women on the Top 100, 250, and 500 Films (since 1998); It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) Women: Portrayals of Female Characters in the 100 Top Films (since 2002); Thumbs Down: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters (since 2007); Boxed In: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television (since 1997); Indie Women: Behind-the-Scenes Employment of Women in Independent Film (since 2008).
Cinefemme is a 501-c3 c non-profit charitable organization that provides fiscal sponsorship, real project support, mentorship, community, and other programs empowering female-identified and non-binary filmmakers, artists, and key creatives.
CR8:BLK vision is to create opportunities and provide spaces for Black/African women artists throughout the Diaspora to share their artwork and to build networks to help them prosper creatively.
Our team is a collaboration of established film and production specialists that come together from various disciplines. Diva Film Productions has the collective network and story power to put ideas into film. We know how to tell intriguing and relevant stories across multiple platforms.
NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative (DWIMI) seeks to empower, inspire and advance women of diverse backgrounds to influential positions in media to improve diverse representation on and behind the camera. Centered around an annual Forum where Attendees will learn from dynamic industry women leaders, hear thought-provoking sessions and workshops to come away with new tools, ideas and connections to influence the future of women in media.
Electra aims to interview women in the entertainment industry differently. By asking intelligent questions, by focusing on the inner woman and her work, beliefs and talent, we want to change our culture.
The European Women’s Audiovisual Network was born in 2013 as an initiative of a group of women working in the European film industry. EWA supports women working in the European film industry. Through networking opportunities, career boosting programs, research and advocacy, and further member benefits, we encourage the professional development of women in the audiovisual sector. EWA Network has grown as a strong and supportive community for women audiovisual professionals across Europe, organising activities for members which boost their careers and put them into a new spotlight, being present at important industry events and advocating for more gender equality
Film Fatales advocates for parity in the film industry and supports an inclusive community of hundreds of women and non binary feature film and television directors around the world. Each month, Film Fatales organizes private events in a dozen cities where filmmakers can discuss their projects, share resources, and engage in moderated discussions about their careers. Film Fatales works with over one hundred industry organizations to recommend directors for jobs, grants, labs, screenings, and other opportunities. Film Fatales raises the visibility of underrepresented voices and increases the talent pool for programmers and production companies looking to hire at parity.
FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS, the production company helmed by the five real-life Burton siblings, is committed to making movies that are entertaining, engaging, and highlight diverse and underrepresented voices.
For Film’s Sake is Australia’s flagship advocacy organisation providing opportunity for all women in production, distribution and cultural exhibition.
FREE THE WORK is a 501c3 non-profit talent-discovery platform for underrepresented creators.
From Script to Pre-Production (FS2p) is for women writer-directors who are ready to make narrative features but need some help putting together pitch packages. Each filmmaker will have written and directed at least one narrative short that showcases her as a director and have written a feature length narrative script that’s ready for production on a low budget.
The Institute is the first and only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence content creators, marketers and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconscious bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media that targets and influences children ages 11 and under.
On Monday December 7, 2015, Screen Australia announced a five point, $5 million plan for Gender Matters, a suite of initiatives that address the gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry.
Film Powered is a networking and skill sharing tool for professional women in the industry. It is the free, membership-based international community of over 2,000 vetted women designed to increase the skills and strengthen the contacts of and relationships between our members in an effort to reach gender parity in our business.
Glassbreaker Films is an initiative launched by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to support women to be leaders in nonfiction filmmaking by funding films that tell great stories and inspire audiences.
GlobalGirl Media promotes the voice and leadership capacity of young women from underserved communities by teaching them digital journalism and storytelling to affect social change.
Ryan Murphy launched Half aiming to make Hollywood more inclusive by creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera.
Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking is a feminist nonprofit organization committed to achieving gender equity in filmmaking. We are a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking. By providing access to a broad network of resources, education, leadership, and support, we create the conditions for women and girls to express themselves through the medium of film; raise awareness and visibility of women’s and girls’ work in film; and promote a diverse and positive representation of girls and women in media.
Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.
Her Film Project is a global initiative to advance equality in film through inclusive storytelling across race, gender, age, sexuality, and ability.
“The mission of the Los Angeles Women’s Film Collective is to empower women working across all film-making disciplines. We want to radically invigorate the industry by cultivating a powerful community, inspiring collaborations, and fostering opportunities with one another.”
Lady Filmmakers Foundation is the newest endeavor by the founders of Lady Filmmakers Festival to create more opportunities for women!
The “Femmes de cinéma” Lab aims at creating a movement that can make this situation evolve. Cinema is only the tip of the iceberg that is gender inequality. Its symbolic importance is thus very powerful.
The Lyric is an art house movie theatre in Fort Collins, Colorado with a bar, restaurant, and an outdoor bike-in movie screen, too! We love to support Women Make Movies and movies made by people from backgrounds underrepresented in the film industry. Come by sometime, have a local beer, and say “hello.”
New Mexico Women in Film is a New Mexico based outreach network committed to the professional development and achievement of women in the film and television community through Mentorship, Networking, Education, and Community.
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers. NYWIFT brings together nearly 2,500 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 50 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 15,000 members. NYWIFT produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists and hair stylists in the industry.
The Online Association of Female Film Critics (OAFFC) is an independent organization consisting of female film journalists and critics from across the globe. The OAFFC serves to uphold the integrity of online film criticism, foster the growing field of female film writers, celebrate and recognize outstanding achievement in cinema through our annual “Best of the Year” awards, and provide professional networking opportunities for our members.
Picture Parity rates movies and television shows based on how well-represented women are in front of and behind the camera.
Lydia and Deborah introduced the PGA Women’s Impact Network at the November 2013 Sundance Institute/WIF Women and Finance Forum in LA, and PGA WIN will collaborate with Sundance on a similar finance forum planned for New york in the spring of 2014. These events are focused on midcareer support, and offer valuable opportunities to give accomplished female writers, directors and producers an overview of current film financing models, an understanding of what today’s investors are looking for, and training to bolster and harness confidence in the course of raising money for productions.
Indigenous Media will pair five female storytellers with established mentors. Each mentor will guide and encourage each new voice through the process of creating and bringing her project to life. For each pair, Indigenous Media will finance a short pilot, with the potential to produce and fund a full-length version.
An intensive nine-month program supporting filmmakers from communities typically underrepresented in film and entertainment.
Pro Quote Film is the successor organisation to Pro Quote Regie. It is the voice of creative people in German film, who want to work in an industry, which is diverse, gender equal and innovative. Regardless of how differently the various film trades operate, we all share the common concern for one goal: achieving gender equality in the film and TV industries. Pro Quote Film demands gender monitoring, gender equality in the composition of relevant institutional bodies, a 50 % quota, fair and equal pay.
QWOCMAP uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truths of inequality, and build understanding and community around art and social justice. QWOCMAP creates, exhibits, and distributes high-impact films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color (cisgender & transgender), and gender variant and transgender people of color (of any orientation), and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern multiple communities. QWOCMAP actively invests in, develops, and nurtures the creativity and leadership of African descent/Black, Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, First Nations/Native American/Indigenous, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA), and mixed-race lesbian, bisexual, queer women, Two Spirits, and gender nonbinary and transgender people of color.
ReFrame is a partnership founded and led by Women In Film and Sundance Institute to advance inclusive representation in film, TV, and media through research, programs, and partnerships with studios, networks, agencies, and production companies. Our goals are to provide research, support, and useful frameworks that can be used independently by producers and companies to celebrate successes, and to measure progress toward a more representative array of talent and product.
The primary mission of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute is to inspire community and elevate the voices of women through film. The RMWFI is committed to supporting women filmmakers, as well as promoting film as art and education.
Seed & Spark invests in education, resources and tools to create access for all storytellers to move from funding through distribution. We want to ensure that creators (who make all the things we love to watch) can build a better future for themselves by retaining ownership and creative control.
SWAN ASSOCIATION AIMS FOR GENDER EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE SWISS AUDIOVISUAL INDUSTRY. SWAN connects women and interested men of the audiovisual industry and cooperates with other networks and organizations. SWAN supports the role and the position of women in Swiss and in international cinema, television and other audiovisual media. SWAN aims to enable exchange – with an online platform (search and offer) as well as with live events and networking occasions. SWAN provides gender relevant information about the film industry on all kinds of levels, from Switzerland and internationally.
Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT) is a fresh and energetic non-profit. Birthed when a group of South African women making films and television came together to discuss the needs of women, it is now the only South African organisation focusing exclusively on the common concerns and shared experiences of women working in film and television. As we work towards engaging, developing and advocating women, SWIFT has fast become a hub of support, empowerment and inspiration.
Tangerine Entertainment is a film production company focusing on commercially viable, critically acclaimed stories for all audiences, with an emphasis on female filmmakers and strong roles for women. Tangerine has a clear and specific agenda aimed at increasing the presence of smart, complex women both behind and in front of the camera.
TWIFM is a public, non profit organization gathering those working with film, television, and visual media/moving images as professionals. The focus is on driving advancement of women in the industry, providing a network to bring the exchange of ideas and work opportunities and to build a platform to accelerate the professional development of our members. We support collaboration and celebrate the work of all.
The Director List is a centralized hub for finding women directors and their work. At the heart of this site is a database – a list of 1000+ (and growing) female directors with demonstrable experience in features, tv, and/or large scale commercials and music videos.
“The Future of Film is Female” project was founded to provide financial and promotional support to women filmmakers who are in pre/post-production of a short film.
Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry. The site was founded in 2007 by Melissa Silverstein. On a daily basis, Women and Hollywood sets the standard, defines the conversation, fuels coverage, and reinforces messages throughout the specialized and mainstream media to call for gender parity. Women and Hollywood blogs in a unique proactive style to engage filmgoers and filmmakers with news and information highlighting women filmmakers and agitates for increased opportunities for women.
The Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) is a freely accessible, collaborative digital resource that showcases the hundreds of women who worked behind the scenes in the silent film era. Always expanding, WFPP publishes original scholarship on women who worked all around the world as directors, producers, screenwriters, and more. WFPP features short career profiles on single individuals, longer thematic overview essays, and archival and bibliographic materials. Our mission is to jumpstart historical research on the work of women filmmakers from the early years of cinema, ending with the coming of sound; to facilitate cross-national connections between researchers, students, and film organizations; and to reconfigure world film knowledge by foregrounding women’s global presence in the early years of cinema.
Founded in 1995, WIA is the only organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation. They envision a world where women share equally in the creation, production and rewards of animation, and they provide resources and connections to make it happen.
We serve our community by facilitating their access to opportunities in industry. In addition, we lend our services to non-profit organizations helping women and children. Our programs and events include workforce skills development through mentoring and training workshops; production of public service announcements for non-profits dedicated to women and children; and industry partnerships that further our mission. WIFM is a chapter of Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), a global network comprising over 48 chapters worldwide with more than 10,000 members, dedicated to advancing professional development and achievement for women in industry.
Women In Film, Los Angeles advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries—to achieve parity and transform culture. Founded in 1973, Women In Film supports all women working in film, television, and digital media, inclusive of all disciplines and career stages. Our distinguished programs include: mentoring, speaker and screening series, production training, writing labs, film finishing funds, legal aid, and an annual financing intensive. Our advocacy work includes research, education, and media campaigns to promote gender parity, encourages systemic change through the ReFrame Project, and supports members of the entertainment industry through our Sexual Harassment Help Line and resources. Women In Film honors the achievements of women in Hollywood through the Legacy series, annual Emmy and Oscar parties, and our signature annual gala. Membership is open to all media professionals. More information can be found on our website: wif.org.
Women in Film & Television Australia (WIFT Australia) is a Not-For-Profit organisation dedicated to achieving gender equality in the Australian screen industry through research, advocacy, education and support for female-identifying screen industry practitioners. WIFT Australia operates nationally with a presence in all states and territories and provides a number of programs, events and initiatives throughout the year. This includes the Raising Films Australia initiative to support parents and carers, mentor programs, screenings, educational workshops and panel discussions. WIFT Australia circulates a monthly e-news to alert women of new opportunities as well as promotion of female-led work and has a strong presence in the industry to ensure women have a voice when policy and programs are developed. WIFT Australia also engages in research to uncover the nuances of gender inequality in screen, to develop the best strategies to address it and to advocate for change.
WIFT Sverige (Sweden) is the Swedish chapter of Women in Film and Television. Women in Film and Television (WIFT) started in Los Angeles in the 1970’s. Today, WIFT has more than 10,000 members in over 35 countries. The Swedish chapter, WIFT Sverige, was founded in Stockholm in 2003. Within a few months, groups of active WIFT members also formed in Göteborg, Malmö and Luleå. Since 2005, WIFT Sverige is also a member of WIFT International, WIFTI.
Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member driven, not-for-profit, society which addresses systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in the production and dissemination of screen-based media. WIFTV organizes the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival that happens annual in March. www.womeninfilm.ca
Women in Film & Video (WIFV) is dedicated to advancing the career development and achievement for professionals working in all areas of screen-based media and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women’s creative and technical achievements. WIFV, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit organization founded in 1979, is the premier professional resource for people who want successful media careers in the DC-metro region. Our resources, connections and advocates support a vibrant, creative media community.
Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them. We are an intersectional group of women and woman identifying crew members in the film, television, and new media industries.
Women in Media Eastern Europe
Women In Media Eastern Europe Association aims to support and embrace women in media industries and strengthen international relations. Founded by the film industry professionals, Women In Media seeks to establish a new community to share experience and advice, as well as promote and guide ladies in media and art fields.
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WIFT-FL strives to provide our members and the Florida film community at large advanced opportunities through networking, educational programs, and events held throughout our 6 different branches. When you join WIFT-FL you join a network of over 300 members who are united for one common goal – to improve production employment in the state of Florida. Check out our Member Center for more details on how to become a Professional Member, a Friend of WIFT, or a Student Member.
WIFT-US is a group of WIFTI chapters whose leaders have come together to support and encourage each other, solve common problems and share resources to improve our chapters and better serve our members. It started with a meeting in Louisiana in August of 2017 where we identified a need for better communication and cooperation amongst chapters. Since then, through monthly phone calls, email support, and semiannual meetings, we have come together to help connect our members with each other and with the resources to advance their careers and to promote the WIFTI mission.
WIFVNE works to “Change the Lens” for New England filmmakers by advancing female storytellers in their craft through networking, community, mentorship, and education. Women in Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. We provide an educational forum for media professionals and a valuable network for exchange of ideas and resources. WIFVNE works to promote proactive images of women to the public and to empower all women in film and video to achieve their professional potential. Women in Film & Video New England is a member of an umbrella group called Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI). WIFTI is a global network comprised of around 70 WITTI and WIFTI-partner chapters on six continents – all working for the same goal: gender balance in the industry.
Women’s Media Center
The Women’s Media Center is an inclusive and feminist organization founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem that works to make women visible and powerful in media. Our media programs that address the problems of unequal representation and misrepresentation of women in media include interconnected strategies that: 1) Recruit and place diverse women experts in the media – print, broadcast, radio, internet, social media, and media leadership through WMC SheSource; 2) Train diverse women experts to be effective in media, and increase their thought leadership through WMC Progressive Women’s Voices and other customized training and leadership programs; 3) Investigate, report, create, and publicize original media to expand diverse women’s voices and representation through WMC Features, WMC Women Under Siege, WMC FBomb, WMC Speech Project, and our syndicated radio program and podcast, WMC Live with Robin Morgan; Research, document, and produce reports that highlight the status of women in US media, equip activists with evidence, and create benchmarks to hold media accountable for sexist and racist coverage; Advocate before government officials and agencies on policies affecting women’s access to media and technology, ownership of media and technology, safe and free speech in media and technology.
Women in Film and Television Ireland is a branch of Women in Film and Television International, a voluntary foundation promoting greater representation of women on screen and behind the camera, with a membership of over thirteen thousand professionals worldwide. The Irish branch is a voluntary body run by film and TV professionals of international standing. Our committee members represent the creative, business and technical divisions of the Irish audiovisual sector. We are all internationally credited and the recipients of industry-recognized awards. Our intention in creating this organization is to ensure that the film and television industry functions as a meritocratic, sustainable and successful force into the future.
Women in Film Finishing Fund
The Women In Film Finishing Fund gives grants to filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres—narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental. To apply for the Finishing Fund, the filmmaker must have completed 90% of principal photography and have a rough cut at the time of application (rough cuts must be uploaded at time of submission). You do not have to be a Women In Film member to apply and international submissions are welcome. Please note that student films and television/web pilots are not eligible to receive Finishing Funds for their projects.
Stella Artois is proud to continue their support of female filmmakers with $100,000 in grant money for the Women In Film Finishing Fund. Stella Artois will provide four $25,000 grants for fiction and documentary films that inspire social change, with particular consideration given to films with a water social action theme. There is also a general fund with grants ranging from $1,000-$20,000. The amount of films we select ranges from year to year depending on the submission pool we receive. Film Finishing Funds are given out annually.
Since 1997, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) has been offering mentorship, project development, production awards and professional development programs to advance the careers and screen fiction projects of mid-career women directors in Canada. New international offerings are being developed for 2020.
The Writers Lab is a screenwriting competition for women over 40, backed by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, produced with support from New York Women in Film & Television. The Writers Lab is dedicated to amplifying the voices of women screenwriters and strives for a new landscape where audiences have access to stories and characters from the perspective of the female gaze, where the female narrative is heard in equal proportion to the male narrative. Since 2015, The Lab has received thousands of scripts and international recognition. It has become a beacon for female filmmakers globally and expanded the ranks of employed female screenwriters. The Writers Lab is further committed to supporting lab participants beyond the annual retreat. Lab alumni have gone on to secure managers and agents, writing positions, prestigious awards including The Academy Nicholl Fellowship, and to sign production options and production deals with award-winning directors.
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