Women In Film is a 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. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF’s ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education— provides scholarships, grants, and film finishing funds—and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.
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—offering women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to create careers in film, television, communications, and new media—by awarding 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; and the WIF PSA 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.