About

Women In Film advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries—to achieve parity and transform culture.

PROGRAMS

FILM FINISHING FUND

Through this fund, a select group of films—from any genre or format—is awaded grants in cash and in-kind gifts, enabling them to complete production; many going on to gain distribution, receive top honors at film festivals, and win accolades including Oscars and Peabody awards. Thanks to Stella Artois for their support of this program.

FINANCING INTENSIVE

This two-day workshop equips filmmaking teams with financing strategies advised by industry executives, and introduces them to leading financiers.

INSIGHT

INSIGHT is a collective of talented, emerging women of color filmmakers that provides support through a strong network of advocates, mentorship, and continuing education. Thanks to Lexus for their support of this program.

LEGACY SERIES

By filming interviews with trailblazing women whose accomplishments paved the way for new generations of women working in front of and behind the camera, we are building a library of knowledge and inspiration, preserved in a special collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Thanks to the Dr. Scholl Foundation for their support of this program.

MENTORING PROGRAM

Mentoring Circles and Peer Mentoring together offer a safe and open environment for established women to cultivate the next generation of women seeking professional guidance as they build their careers and networks.

PRODUCTION PROGRAM

This multifaceted program offers support and funding for short-form content, which includes mentoring for writers, directors, creative producers, and line producers, as well as resources to hire women-focused crew. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships offer career-launching opportunities to female students, of all ages and backgrounds, at major film schools throughout the country.

SCREENING SERIES

The Screening Series highlights the dynamic work of talented female filmmakers and engages those creators in thoughtful conversations. Our yearly slate is a fusion of the entertaining and enlightening, new releases and classic cinema, indie gems and mainstream marvels. Thanks to AMC Theatres for their support of this program.

SPEAKER SERIES

Industry leaders share valuable insights into the art, craft, and business of film, television, and media-making with WIF Members and the public at these regular educational events, presented in partnership with the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division.

WOMEN IN FILM | THE BLACK LIST WRITERS LABS

The Episodic Lab and Feature Residency are offered to promising non-professional television and film writers to hone their projects through workshops and master classes. Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their support of this program.

ADVOCACY

SEXUAL HARASSMENT HELP LINE
Call (855) WIF-LINE

This integrated program offers resources and support—including referrals to pro bono attorneys, free therapist-run support groups, and other services from trusted partner organizations—to anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or misconduct while working in the entertainment industry.

ENTREPRENEURIAL PATHWAYS

In an effort to counter one of the major roadblocks to gender parity in the screen industries—access to capital at the top of the system—Women In Film partnered with Pepperdine University to launch Entrepreneurial Pathways.

FEMALE FILMMAKERS INITIATIVE

In 2012, the Sundance Institute and Women In Film, Los Angeles launched the Female Filmmakers Initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. Our first step was to understand the hard numbers and the root causes behind the paucity of American female filmmakers so we could address the problem head-on. Our landmark research revealed key barriers and opportunities for women filmmakers that inform our collective and individual work.

REFRAME

Founded and led by Women In Film and Sundance Institute, ReFrame is a research-based action plan in partnership with leaders across the industry committed to increasing the number of women of all backgrounds working in film, television, and media.

THINK TANK FOR INCLUSION & EQUITY

TTIE is a consortium of working TV writers spanning all levels of experience, from various backgrounds and working across various segments of the television industry. TTIE is committed to increasing inclusion and improving working conditions for all writers, in particular those from diverse backgrounds. TTIE is a grantee of the Pop Culture Collaborative and a collaborative project of Women In Film.

SIGNATURE EVENTS

ANNUAL GALA

This yearly benefit, formerly known as the Crystal + Lucy Awards®, supports Women In Film, Los Angeles’ educational and philanthropic programs, and our advocacy for gender parity throughout the industry. Since 1977, we have annually honored outstanding women in the entertainment industry who have broken ground and excelled in their chosen fields. These awards have evolved to honor women whose entrepreneurial strides are creating opportunities for more women to succeed in careers in the screen industries.

EMMY NOMINEES PARTY

Women In Film and our partner, Variety, host this annual festive salute to the women nominated for Emmy Awards for outstanding achievements in television.

OSCAR NOMINEES PARTY

Each year, Women In Film celebrates the women nominated for Oscars. This night offers a unique opportunity for women at the top of their fields in the film industry—both in front of and behind the camera—to extend their professional networks and be fêted.