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Career Programs

Empowering women to excel in roles behind the camera and behind the scenes.

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Current Programs

New! WIF Fellowships

Starting in 2023, participants in WIF career programs will be WIF Fellows—this means that in all discipline-specific programs, participants will receive a year of support through mentoring and networking. Our current mentoring program is also being folded into this fellowship model. To find out more about what this means, see below for specifics and watch a recording of our AMA (“Ask Me Anything”).

Thanks to Netflix for their support of the Director and DP Fellowships.

Financing Intensive

Historically the annual WIF and Sundance Institute Financing Intensive, this two-day workshop equips filmmaking teams with financing strategies advised by industry executives, and introduces them to leading financiers. All selected WIF participants will become WIF Producer Fellows.

WIF | The Black List Writing Labs

The Episodic Lab and Feature Residency are offered to promising non-professional television and film writers, respectively, to hone their projects through workshops and master classes. All selected WIF participants in both programs, as well as a small group of applicants who are not accepted into the Episodic Lab or Feature Residency, will become WIF Writer Fellows.

Thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their support of this program.

Inactive Programs


Emerging Producers Program

For participants early in their producing careers, to gain the information and entry points needed to advance through master classes and group advising.


This program is on hiatus. Consider applying to the WIF Producer Fellowships!

Thanks to eMinutes for their historical support of this program.

Film Finishing Fund

Through this fund, a select group of films have been awarded 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. The WIF Film Finishing Fund is currently on hiatus.

Thanks to Stella Artois for their historical support of this program.


INSIGHT is a collective of talented, emerging women of color filmmakers that provided support through a strong network of advocates, mentorship, and continuing education.


Interested in this program? Consider applying to a WIF Fellowship, or learn more about WIF’s Black Member Forum and Black Member Support Spaces.

Thanks to Lexus for their support of this program.


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


Mentorship is now a built-in component of every WIF Fellowship!


Production Program

This multifaceted program offered support and funding for short-form content, which included mentoring for writers, directors, creative producers, and line producers, as well as resources to hire women-focused crew.


This program is on hiatus. Consider applying to a discipline-specific WIF Fellowship!

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Shorts Lab Supported by Google

Combining WIF’s years of expertise in nurturing women and non-binary creatives with comprehensive support, the WIF Shorts Lab supported by Google provided three filmmaking teams with the funds and support needed to produce a short film.


This program is on hiatus. Consider applying to a WIF Fellowship!