Multicultural Affairs Resources for Diversity in Media

Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Multicultural Affairs department strives to provide access to information and links to resources for under-served content creators.  Inclusion in media needs to happen since media informs so many personal and professional opinions and biases in our society.  Representation matters.  With sharing these resources, we hope to see an increase of people of color, women, disabled people, and seniors, onscreen and behind the cameras.  We hope to see true diversity in media.

We thank the Producers Guild of America (PGA) for providing much of the list of resources you see below.  The list is divided into toggle sections with the problematic statistics on lack of inclusion leading, followed by the response of organizations with solution-based initiatives, programs and incentives that we hope you can become involved in and take advantage of.  Together, we can move media to a place where it accurately reflects our society.  We will be adding many more so be sure to to check this page again soon.

If you know of an incentive, program, or initiative you think should be added to this page, please email the information to our Director of Marketing & Multicultural Affairs, Amira Smith at amira@film.org.

Inter-Guild Diversity Coalition created with Writer’s Guild of America, Producer’s Guild of America, and the Screen Actor’s Guild

Writer’s Guild of America (WGA East)
Wright-Hannon Bill (Proposed NY State Legislation) (sign the petition!)
Director’s Guild of America
DGA’s Inaugural Feature Film Diversity Report
Producer’s Guild of America (PGA East)
• Highlights diverse filmmakers, content, and change-makers of the industry
• Make efforts to partner with diverse organizations
MsFactor Toolkit.com
PGA Power of Diversity Workshop

Ranking Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges (NYT)

New York University
Tisch Future Filmmakers Workshop
Fusion Film Festival
Radical Artists Aiming for Diversity (RAAD)

Emerson College
Flawless Brown (all women of color arts collective/sisterhood)
Women in Motion
Vassar College
• Received $1M in scholarship funding as a result of their efforts toward gender/ethnic/economic diversity
• Rated #1 among US colleges for ethnic/gender diversity
• Successful because they increased their endowment – 60% of incoming freshmen are on financial aid
New York Times article on Vassar & Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Posse Foundation- Scholars Program
Quest BridgeScholarship Program
La Cine Fabrique (France)
• 3-year program in Rhone Valley, France
• Accept 30 per year (15 male/15 female), recent high school graduates
• Must be French citizen or EU national
• Mission: to expose students to filmmaking in a diverse environment

Diversity Initiatives

Disney/ABC Directing Program– Two year directing program spanning two television seasons

CBS Diversity Institute– Writing mentor-ship program, writing fellowship, directing initiatives, talent showcases, daytime initiative, and actor career workshops

Fox Audience Strategy– Writer’s Intensive, Global Director’s Initiative, and Film Fellowship

HBO Access– Directing and Writing Fellowships

Lifetime’s Broad Focus Program– Program for women directors, producers, and writers

NBC Universal Emerging Director’s Fellowship– Directing fellowship

NBC Universal Shorts Fest– Nationwide search for talent behind and in front of the camera with a bi-coastal film festival

Warner Bros. Writers & Directors Television Workshops– Directing program for television

Incubator and Lab Programs

Alliance of Women Directors (AWD)– is the only organization solely dedicated to education, support and advocacy for women directors in the entertainment industry

Asian American Feature Film Fellowship– For writer and writer/directors of Asian descent writing first or second narrative feature film relating to the Asian American experience

Ava Duvernay- championing women in film– Independent film distribution and resource collective comprised of Arts Advocacy organizations, Maverick Volunteers and Rebel Members Donors worldwide

Film Independence: Project Involve– Free, intensive nine month program allowing for industry networking, mentor-ship, short film production, and masters workshop

Game Changer– Film fund for women directors and their projects

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media–  organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

Indigenous Media– Incubator for The Big Script and Project HER mainly online media based

Latino Film Fellowship– Fellowship to support one Latino writer or writer/director in either Sundance Writing Lab or Sundance Screenwriting Intensive

Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT)– is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to recognizing, celebrating and advancing the professional development achievment of women working in all areas of film, televison, video, multimedia and related disciplines.

Seed and Sparks- Crowdfunding Platform– an organization to help make movies & shows independently/ streaming and crowdfunding in one platform

Sundance Institute– Women’s Fellowship available to apply for

The Women’s Media Center– has the goal of making women visible and powerful in media

Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program– Grant program for diverse filmmakers whose work uniquely positions and advances the concept of storytelling

Tribeca Film Institute– All Access program, Sloan Fund, and Documentary program

We Do It Together– Production company to fiance and produce media dedicated to the empowerment of women

Women At Sundance– Various programs for women

Women in Film LA– non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media.

Women’s Initiative Resource Map– Resources for women filmmakers

Women Occupy Hollywood–  to build a movement to achieve equality for women in film and all women in the United States of America