Women in Film advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture.
WIF believes that…
- Gender parity – defined by equal opportunity, pay and representation – is a requirement of healthy civil society.
- Despite progress, systemic bias in the screen industries persists; it manifests in forms both conscious and unconscious.
- This bias is intersectional across race, ethnicity, ability, age, class, sexual orientation and gender identity.
- This bias informs the decision-making process of both men and women.
- Women helping women cultivates the next generation.
- Awareness of systemic imbalance is the precedent to Culture Change. Culture Change is the precedent to Policy change.
- Parity is only possible when decision-makers change culture and policy, and hold themselves, their teams, and their businesses accountable for its implementation.
- Parity is good business. Parity, inclusivity, and equal representation are non-negotiable requirements of sustainable media businesses.
Our educational programming includes a Speaker Series, featuring filmmakers and industry leaders across many areas of entertainment, who share valuable insights into the art and craft of film, television, and media-making; the WIF Film Finishing Fund (FFF), a highly-respected grant program that has awarded millions in cash and in-kind services to over two hundred films from countries all over the globe; the WIF Scholarship Program offers scholarships to female students at major film schools in the Los Angeles area and other parts of the country; the WIF Mentoring Program annually provides 80–100 members the opportunity to learn from experienced entertainment industry professionals who share best practices and tools of the trade; the WIF/Black List Episodic and Feature Labs sponsored by go90 giving women writers the opportunity to learn from established showrunners and screenwriters; and the WIF Production Program that selects nonprofit organizations in Southern California to receive a pro bono PSA. Women In Film members hone their craft and expand their skill set while helping local charities get the word out about their invaluable work.
In 2012, Women In Film and Sundance Institute cofounded the Female Filmmakers Initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. We commissioned a three-year landmark study of female directors by Professor Stacy Smith and her team at USC’s Annenberg School, which garnered extensive media attention and is the foundation of an ACLU action to expose and combat gender discrimination in Hollywood. The next step in our advocacy work is to address issues of systemic change. We are designing pilot programs and projects that can be executed in key sectors of our industry to get us on par with our male colleagues.
The WIF Legacy Series documents the personal and creative worlds of exceptional women in Hollywood whose accomplishments paved the way for generations of women. Examples include: Marilyn Bergman (lyricist), Anne V. Coates (editor), Eva Marie Saint (actress), Fay Kanin (writer), and Laura Ziskin (producer). The filmed interviews of these inspiring women create an enduring record of their extraordinary achievements. The Legacy Series is housed in a special collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
The Crystal + Lucy Awards® were established in 1977 (originally just The Crystal Award) to honor outstanding individuals who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. During Oscar® season, WIF celebrates the female Academy Award® nominees with the WIF Oscar® Party and during Emmy® season, we celebrate women in television with the WIF Emmy® Award Cocktail Party.