GPFO MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS INITIATIVE
In 2001, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) became the first, and only, film commission in the country to launch an initiative to engage local filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, its Multicultural Affairs initiative. The focus of GPFO’s Multicultural Affairs initiative is to identify the unique barriers of entry for filmmakers and crew who are of color, women, LGBTQ, and/or disabled and provide resources (below) to help them overcome those barriers to create tangible career paths.
The Multicultural Affairs initiative also aims to build awareness among diverse communities about government incentives and the benefits of filming in the Greater Philadelphia region, create inclusive programming and workshops in collaboration with GPFO’s Filmmakers program, and promote efforts of organizations that support inclusion in film and media, in front of and behind the camera.
The following list strives to identify the unique barriers of entry for filmmakers and crew who are of color, women, LGBTQ, and/or disabled and provide resources to help them overcome these barriers to create tangible career paths. With sharing these resources, we hope to see an increase of diverse people, onscreen and behind the camera.
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, followed by the response of networks, studios, and organizations with programs and incentives that we hope you can become involved in and benefit from. Together, we can move media to accurately reflect our society and get our stories told. We will be adding many more resources so be sure to check this page again soon.
If you know of an incentive, resource, program, or initiative you feel should be added to this page, please email the information to our Director of Marketing & Multicultural Affairs, Amira Smith at email@example.com.
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
• Flawless Brown (all women of color arts collective/sisterhood)
• Women in Motion
• 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 Bridge– Scholarship 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
If you have any questions on this information or want to suggest additional resources, contact our Director of Marketing & Multicultural Affairs, Amira Smith by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.