In 2001, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office became the first and only Film Commission in the country to launch an initiative to engage local filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. Since the launch of this initiative, production in the local filmmaking community has increased and multicultural filmmakers have been exposed to new and critical information about the business of filmmaking.

GPFO is committed to encouraging inclusion in filmmaking locally through outreach, research, and sharing resources and information on inclusion in media. The mission of the Multicultural Affairs director is to identify unique barriers of entry for filmmakers and crew within under-served and underrepresented ethnic and social groups; to help identify tangible career paths; to build awareness within diverse communities about government incentives and the benefits of filming in the Greater Philadelphia region.  For more information about the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Multicultural Affairs, contact our Director of Marketing & Multicultural Affairs, Amira Smith,


Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Multicultural Affairs director strives to provide access to information and links to resources for under-served content creators.  Inclusion in media needs to happen now.  Motion pictures and the 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 camera.  We hope to see true diversity of people in media.

We thank the Producers Guild of America (PGA) for providing us with 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 networks, studios, and organizations with 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

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
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 (network & studio)

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 Female Forward– Annual initiative that aims to solve that problem by giving female directors a pipeline into scripted television.

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

ARRAY– Independent film distribution and resource collective comprised of arts advocacy organizations, maverick volunteers and rebel member donors worldwide. Formerly the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM), ARRAY was created by Ava DuVernay to amplify independent films by people of color and women filmmakers globally.

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