WIF Responds to COVID-19

Dear WIF Community,

How are you doing? This has been a stressful and unsettling time for many, and we would like to assure you that the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, and supporters are our top priority. The situation we are all facing together, the threat of COVID-19, is changing rapidly, and we are adapting our response as it progresses.


The WIF Help Line remains fully operational. Trauma-informed responders are available to callers who have experienced sexual harassment or misconduct while working in the entertainment industry. We are in communication with our legal and community partners, and there will be updates provided if there are any changes to how these services operate. Call (855) WIF-LINE between 7am–8pm M/W/F or 10am–5pm PT Tu/Th.

  • Applications for the WIF x The Black List Episodic Writing Lab remain open through May 22. The Lab does not begin until October; we encourage aspiring television writers to apply for this career-launching opportunity.
  • Mentorship remains a keystone of our work. Currently ongoing mentoring circles will be moving online until further notice, and participants will be contacted about details. Applications for the 2020 Mentoring Program will open May 31.
  • The Screening and Speaker Series have been redesigned into online gatherings like Laptop Cinema Club, Q&A, and Conversations & Connections. We are continuing to brainstorm creative ways to nurture a robust, supportive community as we transition to online gatherings and programming. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter for up-to-date event information!

We encourage everyone to remain positive while taking care of community members through social distancing. This situation affects all of us. Please use our Facebook and LinkedIn groups to connect with fellow WIF members—support each other through impacted work, continue to collaborate online, and offer mutual understanding.

We look forward to hearing from you and working together as a creative community to do what only art can do—bring joy, spark compassion, and deepen awareness.


Kirsten Schaffer
Executive Director, Women In Film


We are gathering emergency relief resources for women in the screen industries whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic. Do you know of any that aren’t listed below? Take our survey (above) to let us know!






  • Women and Hollywood is promoting fundraising campaigns for festival screenings that were canceled due to Coronavirus—APPLY


We’ll also be updating this page with resources for media consumption and building digital community during this time.

A recent staff outing, before social distancing.