2020 Sundance Film Festival Line-Up

The feature films that will be showcased at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, held January 23–February 2, have been announced. Keri Putnam, Sundance Institute Executive Director and Women In Film L.A. Board Member, said, “At this year’s Festival, we’ll explore the theme of ‘imagined futures,’ inside the theaters and in the conversations sparked by the work […]

The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women

BBC Culture polled 368 film experts from 84 countries in order to find the best films from female filmmakers – here’s the top 100. There was one stark statistic that jumped out from the results of last year’s BBC Culture poll to find the 100 greatest foreign-language films of all time: just four out of that 100 […]

Parity & Perspective in Cinematography Aids in Storytelling

“Most female cinematographers’ primary concern is how to get the best shot to facilitate the story, but they are also aware of what images are mission from mainstream narratives and they are driven to bring those images to life on screen,” says Women In Film executive director Kirsten Schaffer. […]

WIF Help Line Marks 2nd Anniversary

855.WIF.LINE. Confidential. Survivor-centered. For everyone working in entertainment, regardless of job or gender. Call us for referrals to pro bono lawyers, free support groups, and sliding-scale therapy, in California, New York, and Georgia.

We’re Hiring: Program Coordinator

We seek a full time Program Coordinator to support the Programs team (Director of Programs, Manager of Programs, and Manager of Public Programs) in implementing the following WIF Programs: speaker series, screening series, mentoring, film finishing grants, production program, INSIGHT, scholarships, episodic/feature writing labs and additional programs.

We’re Hiring: Director of Development

We seek a full time Director of Development to lead a team of Board and Staff responsible for raising $3.5 million annually, with a goal of increasing to $5 million in the next five years. This position will work closely with the Board of Directors, composed of corporate and film/television executives, who leverage their relationships to support […]

2020 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees

Nominations have been announced for the 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held on February 8, 2020. WIF congratulates the women whose accomplishments were recognized with nominations for this year’s awards. Best Feature A HIDDEN LIFE Producer: Elisabeth Bentley CLEMENCY Producer: Bronwyn Cornelius THE FAREWELL Producers: Anita Gou, Daniele Melia, Lulu Wang, […]

Celebrating 30 Years of Strand Releasing

Strand Releasing has been a cutting edge figure in the distribution of arthouse cinema for three decades. With their work, the films of women creators, queer creators, and more underrepresented voices have been able to find their audience. In celebration of their anniversary, filmmakers are contributing to a series entitled 30/30 Vision: 3 Decades of Strand […]

WIF Board Member, ReFrame Ambassador Producing Oscars

WIF Board Member Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People”) and Oscar-nominated ReFrame Ambassador Lynette Howell Taylor (A STAR IS BORN) will produce the 92nd Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today. It will be the first involvement with the Oscars for both. “The combined producing talents of Lynette and Stephanie will […]

2019 AFI Fest Line-up & Ticket Giveaway

The weeklong AFI Fest opens this Thursday, featuring an excellent spectrum of women-directed films. We at Women In Film are very excited to see two 2018 recipients of our Film Finishing Fund, THE PLANTERS (co-directed by Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder) and THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (co-directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and […]

WIF Member Spotlight: Veterans Day

Women In Film thanks our members who have served in the nation’s military. On Veterans Day, we’re proud to highlight three such women: Onitra Johnson Onitra Johnson is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where she earned Honors in Film Studies, was awarded the Olin Fellowship, and was a Posse Foundation scholar. She is pursuing […]

WIF Alumnae to be Sundance Fellows & Grantees

Women In Film Finishing Fund grantee Christina Choe (NANCY) and INSIGHT fellow Avril Z. Speaks (JINN) have been announced as Sundance Institute 2020 Momentum Fellows, and INSIGHT fellow Kase Peña (TRABAJO) has been announced as a recipient of Sundance’s Launch Grant Fund.

Student Academy Award Winners 2019

Women In Film Congratulates the Women and NB Filmmakers Who Received Medals at the 46th Student Academy Awards Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools) Gold: Georden West, PATRON SAINT, Emerson College Animation (Domestic Film Schools) Gold: Kalee McCollaum, GRENDEL, Brigham Young University Animation (International Film Schools) Gold: Daria Kashcheeva, DAUGHTER, Film and TV School of the Academy […]

WIF Recommends: 31 Scary Movies Directed by Women

Ida Lupino [Content warning: This article contains descriptions of violence in film, and in real life situations inspiring some films.] In front of the camera, there is a rich catalogue of women who have come to define the face of the scary movie: Jamie Lee Curtis in her screen debut as Laurie in the Halloween series. […]

Lina Wertmüller Fêted by Nancy Meyers, Lisa Cholodenko and More

Nancy Meyers, Lisa Cholodenko, Nisha Ganatra and Martha Coolidge came out to Culina at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills on Thursday afternoon for a Women in Film luncheon in honor of Lina Wertmüller, the legendary Italian director who was the first woman nominated for an Oscar for best director in 1977 for “Seven Beauties.” […]

WIF to Honor Lina Wertmüller, 1st Female Oscar-Nominated Director

The Italian filmmaker, who is also set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, broke the glass ceiling with an Oscar nomination in 1976 with her film ‘Seven Beauties.’ It’s shaping up to be a big week for Roman auteur Lina Wertmüller, as the 91-year-old Academy Award-nominated writer and director is set […]

Dispatches from the 2019 WIFTI Summit

“Run towards trouble.” Last week, delegates from chapters of WIFTI—Women in Film and Television International—gathered for their biennial summit, this year held in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand alongside The Power of Inclusion, a two-day conference focusing on issues of representation and equality in the global entertainment industry. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing findings, […]

A-Listers Pledge to Mentor Directors With ReFrame Rise

A group of A-list producers and executives are combating Hollywood gender inequality in a pledge to mentor women directors in the middle of their careers. That’s a time when, at least one prominent study suggests, they disappear from show business entirely. ReFrame Rise, an initiative of ReFrame, the parity organization run by Women in Film and Sundance […]

WIF & Black List Reveal Episodic Lab Participants

The Black List and Women In Film have unveiled the participants for their episodic lab, which is in its fourth year. The program is an effort between The Black List and WIF LA that provides mentorship and career opportunities to six rising women television writers: Kim Garland, Robin Hayes, Rosette Laursen, Jude Roth, Anna Salinas, Gillian Weeks […]

Vidiots Relaunching with WIF among Partners

Vidiots is officially coming back! The iconic Los Angeles-based video store-turned-film nonprofit organization is set to relaunch in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood via an entertainment community space with an independent theater and a storefront. The new Vidiots home is set to open its doors in fall 2020. The new Vidiots theater will be housed in […]

Film Finishing Fund Grantee Acquired by ARRAY

Women In Film Finishing Fund Grantee THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN, by filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn, has been acquired by ARRAY Releasing for worldwide rights. ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay says the company plans for a release later this fall for the Canadian film.

WIF Board Member Cathy Schulman #WeFilm Q&A

Cathy Schulman is an Oscar-winning producer. Her credits include “Crash,” “Bad Moms,” and “Darfur Now.” She is also dedicated to making certain women are represented fairly in the industry, spending nearly a decade as Women in Film’s board president lobbying for gender parity, and launching the diversity-minded Welle Entertainment.

News & Documentary Emmy Winners 2019

The women who were awarded at the News and Documentary Emmys on September 24, 2019 are: * For the list of Primetime Emmy Award winners, click here. For the list of Creative Arts Emmy Award winners, click here. News & Documentary Lifetime Achievement Award Andrea Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award Paula Apsell Outstanding Coverage of a […]

Primetime Emmy Winners 2019

The women who were awarded at the Primetime Emmys on September 22, 2019 are: * Winners listed in order of appearance during the awards show.Click here to see the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” “I want to dedicate […]

WIF Launches Showcase of Socially Conscious Movies

Women in Film, Los Angeles is set to host its first showcase of socially conscious films from female directors who are recipients of its long-running Film Finishing Fund grant program, the organization announced. Though Women in Film has awarded grants for 34 years running, this is the first such curated event the organization is hosting […]

Creative Arts Emmy Winners 2019

The women who were awarded at the Creative Arts Emmys on September 14–15, 2019 are: * Categories listed in groups by alphabetical order. Actors Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Rosamund Pike as Louise State of the Union, “Dolphins” Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon The Marvelous […]

Attend the WIFTI Summit in New Zealand this October

Kia ora! Women in Film and Television International is excited to be hosting the 2019 WIFTI summit in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. These biennial summits are a wonderful opportunity for you to gather with your Women in Film and Television colleagues from around the globe. Come to be visible, connect, and share knowledge in the […]

WIF Recommends: Labor Day Weekend

What to do with the long Labor Day holiday weekend ahead of you? Here are some ways to get in on the summer fun: For Grownups WHAT: Rooftop Cinema Club screening of 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, written by Karen McCullah & Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith. $16.20 – $23; 21+ WHEN: Wednesday, August 28, 8:30 […]

ICE Shut Down a Hotline for Detained Immigrants After it was Featured on “Orange Is the New Black”

In the fifth episode of the last season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” the character Maritza, who has been languishing in an immigrant detention center, finds out about a toll-free hotline she can call to get a free lawyer. As she’s rejoicing, another character, Gloria, cuts her off. Gloria warns Maritza: “You have […]

Variety to Forgo Annual Emmy Party for Donation to Planned Parenthood

Variety has decided to make a donation to Planned Parenthood in lieu of hosting this year’s annual Emmy Awards nominees party in partnership with Women In Film. The decision comes in response to Planned Parenthood’s Aug. 19 announcement that it will drop funding over the current administration’s “unethical” rule blocking the organization from discussing its abortion services with patients. “Variety […]

Women’s Equality Day 2019

Thursday, August 22, is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. What a white man earns in one year, a Black woman must work an additional eight-plus months to earn. For white women, Equal Pay Day falls on April 19. For Indigenous women it’s September 23, and for Latinas it’s November 20. Our friends at TIME’S UP want […]

Women in Film Expands Sexual Harassment Help Line to New York

Women in Film Los Angeles, an organization that advocates for the careers of women working in the industry, is expanding its sexual harassment help line services to New York. The initiative, in partnership with New York Women in Film and Television, as well as the Actors Fun, will extend the hours to serve east coast […]

WIF Sexual Harassment Help Line Expands to NY

In partnership with New York Women in Film & Television, the Women In Film Los Angeles Sexual Harassment Help Line is now expanding services to New York State. With extended hours to serve the East Coast, WIF LA’s Help Line responders will provide services to New York-based callers, with referrals to pro bono employment attorneys, […]

Fulbright Scholar Tanya Charina on Her WIF Internship

This summer, Women In Film hosted a Fulbright Graduate Scholar as part of the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program. This prestigious network of motivated, multilingual students is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, in an effort to foster mutually beneficial working relationships with graduate students from around the globe. Upon the […]

Not Just A Drill

[Content warning: The films and television shows discussed below tackle issues relating to gun violence and mass casualty events. Some do so with graphic audio and/or visual content.] TOWER (2016) August 5, 2019 This week began, as so many have, with the queasy combination of feelings that follow the news of mass casualty events. Fear, […]

2019 TIFF Line-up

The complete line-up has been announced for the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held next month. One of the world’s biggest film festivals, TIFF’s mission is “to transform the way people see the world through film.” Admirably, TIFF’s slate reveals itself to be far more inclusive than many older-fashioned film […]

2019 TCA Award Nominations

This summer, the Television Critics Association (TCA) announced the nominees for the 35th Annual TCA Awards, which will be presented this Saturday, August 3, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Women In Film congratulates the women working behind the scenes of so many excellent TV series up for recognition. In particular, it’s very exciting to see […]

The Black List & WIF Unveil Participants in 2019 Feature Labs

The Black List and Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF LA) revealed the participants in their 2019 Feature Residency program as well as their Annual Feature Lab. The collaboration between the organizations provides mentorship and career opportunities to six rising women screenwriters over the course of a year, the Feature Residency kicked off with a three-day […]

Tempo Scaduto

[Content warning: This essay includes a discussion of sexual violence.] The line-up has been announced for the 76th Venice International Film Festival, which will be held from August 28 to September 7. The event has historically underrepresented female directors, and of the 21 films in competition this year, only two are helmed by women: Haifaa […]

Wonder Women at Comic-Con 2019

From L–R: Te Fiti (MOANA), Shuri (BLACK PANTHER), Glimmer (“She-Ra and the Princess of Power”), La Mujer Maravillosa What did Comic-Con 2019 preview about women in entertainment? Every July, tens of thousands of people flock to San Diego for Comic-Con International. Established in 1970 as a fan convention focusing on comic books and sci-fi, it […]

Spotlight on: Comic Con

Going to Comic Con? Don’t miss these panels focusing on women’s creative work and gender equality in entertainment! Women Rocking Hollywood 2019: Women-Powered Projects and the Push Towards Parity There have been positive developments in the last year for women in television and film. Initiatives like the 4% challenge are making news, movies and TV […]

2019 Emmy Nominations

Now that the nominations have been announced, television fans and insiders await the live telecast of the 71st Emmy Awards on September 22. Of course, there are far more mediamakers working behind the scenes than are typically recognized, and we’re excited to congratulate all of the women nominated this year—listed below—including those in the Creative […]

WIF Recommends: Independence Day Weekend

What to do with the long Independence Day holiday weekend ahead of you? Here are some female-forward ways to get in on the summer fun: For Grownups WHAT: Screening of HAL with Q&A to follow between Director Amy Scott and Heather Lenz (Director & Producer, KUSAMA-INFINITY). Part of the Female Filmmakers Documentary Q&A series. $6 to […]

Community and Pride

This week, two of Women In Film’s signature programs held events that were indicative of what is at the heart of our work. On Monday evening, the 2018 Production Program Fellows had the opportunity to show their completed shorts at an exclusive screening and reception. On Tuesday, our monthly Speaker Series offered a significant opportunity […]

WIF & Pepperdine: Entrepreneurial Pathways

Pepperdine University and Women In Film are proud to announce a research partnership that seeks to identify the drivers and inhibitors of funding for women-owned businesses in the screen industries. The project is part of Entrepreneurial Pathways, a new WIF initiative that will work to equalize opportunities for women-owned businesses.

WIF Member Emily Dean to Make Feature Directorial Debut

EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Emily Dean, a vet of such animated pics as The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and The Lego Batman Movie, is set to make her feature directorial debut on Sony Pictures Animation’s Tao. The project is in early development with Tonya Kong attached to write. Tao is described as a female-driven sci fi adventure story that is set in […]

ReFrame Rising

Last Wednesday at the Women In Film Annual Gala, ReFrame Rise was unveiled by presenter Kyra Sedgwick—heralding this unique two-year pilot program developed by ReFrame partners Sundance Institute and Women In Film, that provides high-level endorsement and career acceleration for eight female directors as selected by ReFrame Ambassadors from a curated pool of 80 candidates. […]

Inclusion Rider? What Inclusion Rider?

Nearly a year and a half after Frances McDormand made the term famous, few Hollywood productions are using this contractual tool. There is, however, a newish measure for diverse hiring on productions: the ReFrame Stamp, which was created by the group Women in Film Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute, and begun last year in […]

Women Directors and Writers Make Gains in Independent Films But Lag on Parity

Women directors, writers, editors and producers are making inroads, reaching historic highs in the world of independent films — while still lagging in reaching parity with men, a new study shows. “These differences are dramatic and demonstrate that when women direct films, they disrupt traditional hiring patterns, installing women as writers, editors, and cinematographers,” Lauzen […]

Issa Rae’s Acceptance Speech is the Swag We Need All Summer 19

Issa Rae is known for her witty one-liners (Remember: “I’m rooting for everybody Black”?) And now she’s back not only with quotes we’re sure to use as Instagram captions soon, but a reminder to Black women that we’re too humble too often. While accepting the Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur Award earlier this week in Los […]

Scenes From the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

What an incredible evening! All of us here at Women In Film are so grateful for—and energized by—the tremendous success that was last night’s Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year. For those who attended, sponsored, or donated, your participation is incredibly valuable as we continue to provide programming to advance the careers of women working […]

Cathy Schulman Reveals Harassment Battles in Hollywood: “I’ve Paid a Deep Price for My Advocacy”

“I never collected a single dollar from ‘Crash.'” Schulman was a producer on the film, for which she won an Oscar. Viola Davis introduced her producing partner on The Woman King, Cathy Schulman, at the Women in Film gala on Wednesday as “that stubborn woman on the bull while it’s bucking and does not let go — even […]

WIF To Launch Entrepreneurial Pathways

Announced at their annual gala, the program will examine the paucity of funding for female-led companies and create tools and resources for women to raise capital. “We’re brand-new tonight,” host Xosha Roquemore said, toasting the newly minted Women in Film gala, formerly known as the Crystal + Lucy Awards in past years, to a fresh […]

Amy Poehler, Issa Rae Praise Female Changemakers

Rae paid homage to her favorite hip-hop artists with her tongue-in-cheek speech, while Amy Poehler honored the women in media who have inspired her asking for “more, more, more, more, more.” Elizabeth Debicki woke up Wednesday morning in a cold sweat. “Why is it difficult for me to accept any kind of recognition?” she asked […]

Inside the Women In Film Gala: Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Shulman Talk Gender Parity

Remember when Issa Rae told Variety that she was “rooting for everybody Black” at the 2017 Emmys? Well she just did herself one better, while accepting the ‘Women In FilmEmerging Entrepreneur Award’ at the organization’s annual gala on Wednesday night, with a memorable and hilariously braggadocious speech. “Sometimes I feel like as women we tend to downplay ourselves and to dim […]

Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Issa Rae take the stage

In a night of commanding words from some of the most accomplished women in entertainment — the likes of Issa Rae, Viola Davis and producer Cathy Schulman — at the annual Women in Film Gala Wednesday in Beverly Hills, Amy Poehler put her own unconventional spin on the ‘‘empowerment speech.’’ Poehler, who was accepting the final honor of the evening, the Entrepreneur […]

At Women in Film gala, Issa Rae is loud and proud of her success

Issa Rae made sure she came off as anything but humble at the Women in Film gala. Too often women downplay their accomplishments, she explained at the Wednesday night event. Instead, the “Insecure” and ColorCreative chief channeled the hubristic attitudes of her favorite hip-hop artists and delivered an amusingly arrogant speech upon accepting the inaugural […]

All should aspire to have the confidence of Issa Rae accepting an award

(CNN) Issa Rae knows what she deserves, and she was not shy about telling everyone that while accepting an award at Wednesday’s Women in Film Annual Gala. While accepting the emerging entrepreneur award at the event, Rae delivered a speech that should inspire anyone with an ounce of self-doubt to stop wasting their time on […]

Women In Film Gala: New Awards, Demands for Gender Balance

First, the news: This year’s Women in Film Gala, held Wednesday night at the Beverly Hilton, showed this group means business by introducing three new awards honoring Hollywood’s female entrepreneurs: The WIF Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award, Emerging Entrepreneur Award, and the WIF Members Choice Award.

Elizabeth Debicki Talks About Being Supported by Other Women in Hollywood

Elizabeth Debicki is looking to the future — which makes sense, since she was named Women in Film and Max Mara’s “Face of the Future” for 2019. “No pressure,” Debicki laughed when Variety asked the actress about the honor on the red carpet. “It means a great deal. I have always deeply respected the work that they do. I think they’ve […]

Olivia Wilde, Storm Reid and more toast Face of the Future honoree Elizabeth Debicki

Olivia Wilde, Rachel Bilson and January Jones were among the Max Mara-clad attendees who turned out to the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood to celebrate the Italian label’s Women in Film Max Mara Face of the Future honoree Elizabeth Debicki on Tuesday night. “I’m feeling fresh, fancy, free, excited, happy and grateful,” said the “Tenet” […]

ReFrame Launches Program to Boost Female Filmmakers

The gender-parity coalition’s Rise will sponsor seasoned female directors, who, unlike many of their male counterparts, find themselves stalled mid-career: “It’s not just how you fill the pipeline, but how you move through the pipeline as well.” When the gender-parity industry coalition ReFrame launched two years ago, one of its three key aims was to […]

Women in Film Gala Recognizes Seismic Shift in Showbiz

Each year, the Women in Film gala supports the org’s foundation, which advocates for gender parity for women throughout the entertainment industry, while also supporting various educational and philanthropic efforts in Los Angeles. The 2019 edition, taking place June 12 at the Beverly Hilton, will honor Amy Poehler(Entrepreneur in Entertainment Award), Issa Rae (Emerging Entrepreneur Award), Elizabeth Debicki (Max Mara Face of the […]

Elizabeth Debicki Has Range—and She’s Not Afraid to Use It

This week is kind of like Debicki’s official L.A. coming-out party. On Wednesday night, the actress will be honored with the annual Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award at the Women In Film Gala, and on Tuesday, she was feted at a Max Mara celebratory cocktail party (with InStyle magazine) at Chateau […]

Cathy Schulman on Fighting for Gender Parity

During Cathy Schulman’s nearly decade-long tenure as Women in Film’s board president, she’s seen massive shifts in gender representation in the entertainment industry. She oversaw WIF’s commissioning of several seminal studies from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that quantified gender disparity as well as the nonprofit’s response to industrywide reckoning with workplace sexual harassment and violence against […]

Tonight’s The Night!

Tonight, Women In Film is holding our biggest fundraiser of the year, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. This is my first year on the WIF team, and I’ve been impressed time and time again by the passion and dedication of our staff and Board, Members, and supporters. At the Gala, […]

ReFrame Ambassador Paul Feig to Create Projects for Quibi

The Hollywood director also discussed his activism and alignment with female characters and talent in film and TV. Feig is an ambassador for ReFrame, a nonprofit organization from Women in Film and the Sundance Institute to encourage more women filmmakers in Hollywood. “The whole aim is to break the default setting. It’s that banality of […]

Elizabeth Debicki to be honored alongside “incredible women” at WIF Gala

[Steve McQueen’s WIDOWS] is what caught the attention of Italian label Max Mara, who will honor Debicki with the Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award during Women In Film’s Gala on Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Amy Baer, Women In Film’s L.A. Board President, said the nonprofit organization, which advocates […]

Presenters Announced for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

Viola Davis, Natasha Lyonne, and Maria Giulia Maramotti added as presenters…

Spotlight On: Cathy Schulman

The 2019 Crystal Award for Advocacy in Entertainment: Cathy Schulman Gala Details As we approach the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala, we are excited to profile each of our distinguished honorees. We hope that you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, June 12, for what is sure to be the event of the summer: […]

Spotlight On: Elizabeth Debicki

The 2019 Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future®: Elizabeth Debicki Photo by Jacopo Raule for Getty Images Gala Details As we approach the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala, we are excited to profile each of our distinguished honorees. We hope that you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, June 12, […]

Don’t Miss the Event of the Summer!

We’re just days away from the event we look forward to all year: our Annual Gala to fundraise for the work we do to further gender parity in media, and to celebrate those who are enacting this change. Join us to toast to the future of a balanced entertainment industry alongside others who support this […]

Hollywood Response to Abortion Legislation

“A woman’s right to make choices about her own body is fundamental to her personal and professional well-being,” Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of the nonprofit group Women in Film, told Variety in an exclusive statement. “We support people who make the choice not to take their production to Georgia or take a job in Georgia […]

Spotlight On: Issa Rae

The 2019 Women In Film Emerging Entrepreneur:Issa Rae Photo Credit: Taylor Jewell Gala Details As we approach the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala, we are excited to profile each of our distinguished honorees. We hope that you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, June 12, for what is sure to be the event of […]

Spotlight On: Amy Poehler

The 2019 Women In Film Entrepreneur in Entertainment: Amy Poehler Photo Credit: Mary Ellen Matthews Gala Details As we approach the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala, we are excited to profile each of our distinguished honorees. We hope that you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday, June 12, for what is sure to be […]

Lessons Learned at the WIF Financing Intensive

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we hosted our annual Financing Intensive at the Paley Center for Media. This lab was designed in 2012 when Women In Film and Sundance Institute partnered to address the most challenging obstacles facing women filmmakers. Our research showed that lack of knowledge about and access to film financing […]

Women In Film to honor Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki, Cathy Schulman

Women in Film, Los Angeles, have announced four of the five women who will be honored at the newly renamed gala in June. Formerly named the Crystal + Lucy Awards, the Women in Film Gala will award Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman for their groundbreaking achievements in the entertainment industry that […]

Women In Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards Gets New Name, Sets 2019 Honorees

Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki and Cathy Schulman will be honored at this year’s Women In Film Annual Gala, the new name of Women in Film Los Angeles’ annual awards event that had been known as the Crystal + Lucy Awards since 1994…

Announcing the 2019 WIF Annual Gala Honorees!

Dear Women In Film Member, This year, the WIF Board set out to pivot our Annual Gala to highlight community, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to honor Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, and Cathy Schulman with a new slate of awards that represents the true essence of WIF’s Mission: advocating for and advancing the careers of women in the […]

Women In Film Finishing Fund Submissions Open

Women In Film is accepting applications for the organization’s 2019’s Film Finishing grants, which for the 34th year will award grants in cash and in-kind gifts for films by female directors. The submission period runs through July 14. Recipients will be revealed in November. Submission info […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month + Denim Day 2019

More than a year has passed since the revelations of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault rocked the entertainment industry. A flurry of press brought shock and pain. Many were surprised to learn about the sheer number of people who have been victimized while working in film and television. But for many others, the numbers were […]

Vote for WIF to Win an LA2050 Grant

Vote for Women In Film to Win an LA2050 Grantfor our Proposed Campus to Career Initiative From 9am PDT on Monday, April 22, 2019 through 5pm PDT on Monday, April 29, 2019, we ask that you cast your vote in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge so that Women In Film can become one of 50 […]

Debuting the WIF Member’s Choice Award

UPDATE AS OF 4/18/19: Voting is now open! Members, click here to log in and select your winner before 5:00pm PDT on Monday, May 6, 2019. Save the date! We’re pleased to announce that the Women In Film Annual Gala will be held on June 12, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton. This night will be […]

Remembering Agnès

This was the first photo I saw of Agnès, and it struck me instantly. A woman operating a camera, standing on a man’s back. I was introduced to her films in my high school French class and decided that I wanted to be a filmmaker as well. This experience, significant in my life, is shared […]

WIF Panel Talks Female Composers

Make yourself aware of the film industry, take initiative, and love what you’re doing. Those were some of the expert tips shared at the speaker series panel hosted by the Women in Film (WIF) advocacy group. WIF hosted their “Female Composers in Film: Balancing the Scales” panel on Wednesday night (March 27), which featured an […]

WIFLA Adds Five to 2019 Board of Directors

Tracy McGrath, Vanessa Morrison, Andrea Nelson Meigs, Syrinthia Studer and Talitha Watkins have been elected to three-year terms. “With the election of these new members, the board gains the valuable expertise of five of our esteemed colleagues in the screen industries,” board president Amy Baer said in a statement. “Each has established herself as an […]

Welcoming New WIF Board Members

Tracy McGrath Senior Physical Production Executive, Amazon Studios Original Movies Vanessa Morrison President, Fox Family Andrea Nelson Meigs Senior Talent and Literary Agent, ICM Partners Syrinthia Studer Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions, Paramount Pictures Talitha Watkins Motion Picture Talent Agent, Creative Artists Agency March 25, 2019 We’re very excited to announce that the Women […]

WIF Collab Study on State of Diverse TV Writers

Hollywood has been putting weight and focus on diversity and inclusion when it comes to not only acting but directing and writing. Various studios and networks have put their best foot forward to do what they can to move the needle when it moves to representation with various programs — particularly ones that promote diverse […]

WIF Member Pinar Toprak, Composer of CAPTAIN MARVEL

With the March 8 opening of “Captain Marvel,” composer Pinar Toprak becomes the first woman to score a Marvel superhero movie — possibly the most high-profile accomplishment yet for a female in a notoriously male-dominated profession. But the Turkish-born musician isn’t interested in gender comparisons. “No man was ever asked, ‘Do you think you got this action film because […]

Make Your International Women’s Day Marvelous

CAPTAIN MARVEL co-director Anna Boden with fans March is Women’s History Month, and this week a number of women will be making history on-screen and behind the camera when CAPTAIN MARVEL debuts as Marvel Studios’ first movie centered on a female lead. We are excited to support this film and highlight not only the superhero […]

Women’s History Month

On the first day of Women’s History Month, a look back at the history of the early days of Women In Film in 1973. The following is an excerpt from the 2003 book Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood by WIF President Emerita (1981-82) Mollie Gregory: […]

Reflecting on the 91st Academy Awards

Ruth E. Carter This past weekend’s Academy Awards made headlines for celebrating the most female nominees in the event’s history, and for recognizing the talent of diverse women in front of and behind the camera. Before Sunday night, only one black woman had ever won an Oscar in a non-acting category, when Irene Cara’s “Flashdance… […]

Women In Film Community Reflections: On Allyship and Empathy

“You’re so lucky to be a woman of color right now.” Iterations of this sentiment currently hang over Hollywood like an added layer of plexiglass above the proverbial glass ceiling. Replace “woman of color” with any description of someone who doesn’t identify as a White, cis-gendered, heterosexual, able-bodied male, and it applies – at the […]

Nisha Ganatra Sets Next Directing Gig

Nisha Ganatra, who directed the Sundance darling “Late Night,” is in negotiations to helm Universal and Working Title’s upcoming film “Covers,” sources tell Variety. Not much is known about the project, written by first-time screenwriter Flora Greeson, other than it being a romance set in the Los Angeles music world. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and […]

WIF Film Finishing Fund Grantee’s HBO Premiere

John Legend was joined by Salt-N-Pepa’s Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton and The Real host Jeannie Mai at the Avalon on Wednesday night for the premiere of HBO’s new documentary United Skates. The film documents the history and impact of roller rinks that catered to African-American skaters and the unique culture and skating […]

No female director nominees; What we’re doing about it

When you look at the 2019 Oscars class of best director nominees, you have Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Alfonso Cuaron and Adam McKay. They are all deserving of praise and acclaim for their films this past year, but not a single one is female. You may think this might just be a down […]

Board Member Hannah Minghella to Oversee TV at TriStar

TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella is expanding her purview to include oversight of TriStar Television. The move reflects a mandate from Sony Corp’s new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida to foster synergy across all of Sony’s streams of business. As an executive known for strong literary instincts, Minghella already has been working informally with the TV division, […]

LATE NIGHT by Nisha Ganatra Sold for $13M to Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Sales on the record setting Late Night deal: “Mindy Kaling has crafted the rare film that is both entertaining and powerful,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “The moment the lights came up after the premiere, we knew Late Night is a film our viewers will love and talk about. […]

Women In Film’s Finishing Fund Unveils 2018 Grant Recipients

Nine grantees were selected from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts, submitted from 22 countries. Women In Film, Los Angeles on Wednesday announced the recipients of its 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund. The nine grantees were chosen from 390 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts that were submitted from 22 countries. The Film Finishing […]

WIFLA + Women and Hollywood Launch #RememberTheLadies

Women In Film LA and Women and Hollywood have joined forces for a social media campaign to support women directors that will launch Sunday, Jan. 6. The campaign, which is entitled #RememberTheLadies, is designed to run until Jan. 14, and the timing of this campaign is no coincidence. January 6 marks the 2019 Golden Globe ceremony, and the […]

Six Female-Facing Titles Join Welle Entertainment Slate

Former Women in Film president Cathy Schulman, now president/CEO of Welle Entertainment, doesn’t only talk the talk but is walking the walk about getting more female-strong projects into the pipeline. The executive and producer has been on a buying spree of late, acquiring six new, female-facing IP titles which are being developing for both film […]

WIF Chosen Among 18 Groups to Get $20M As Part of Moonves Exit

CBS Corp. on Friday detailed which women’s advocacy groups would get portions of the $20 million that it had previously said it would be donating as part of its separation agreement with former CEO Leslie Moonves. Those groups include the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, RAINN, the National Women’s Law Center and others. Joe Ianniello […]

‘Bless This Mess’ by WIF Board Member Lake Bell Picked up by ABC!

Single-camera comedy Bless This Mess has been picked up to series by ABC. I hear the show, starring Lake Bell and Dax Shepard, has received a six-episode order to air this coming midseason. Bless This Mess, created/executive produced by Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether (Single Parents, New Girl), originated at 20th Century Fox TV and was […]

Screenplay by WIF Mentee Savion Einstein to Star Constance Wu

Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy for Screen Gems. Kimmy Gatewood, who plays one of the Old Bitties wrestlers on Netflix’s GLOW, is in talks to make her feature directorial debut on the project, which is being produced by Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman via […]

BRIAN BANKS, Produced by Amy Baer, gets Release Date!

Bleecker Street has partnered with ShivHans Pictures for the release of Brian Banks, the true story about an All-American football player who went to prison for a crime he did not commit. Directed by Tom Shadyac, the pic premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, where it picked up the Audience Award. It will bow […]

The 62 Recipients of the ReFrame Stamp for TV!

The path to parity in television has been a slow one. Women comprised only 27% of key decision-making behind-the-scenes roles, from show creators to directors, writers, producers, editors and directors of photography, for the 2017-18 season, according to the Boxed In report from the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film at […]

Pose with Purpose – Get a New Headshot and Support WIF! (Oct 30, ’18 – Feb 28,’19)

Now through the end of February 2019, MAB STUDIO Portraits will give Women In Film members $50 off a full Headshot Experience session (regularly $299) or Creative Portrait Session (regularly $500) and make a $50 donation to Women In Film. Sessions must be booked in advance, with a 24-hour cancellation policy, and may not be […]

Gender Parity (Italian Style) with ReFrame! 

During a panel on the final day of the MIA Market in Rome, our Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer and ReFrame Ambassador Paul Feig presented the tools of ReFrame with co-hosts Women in Film, TV & Media Italia.

WIF Board President Named on Elle’s The Power List!

Women In Film Board President Amy Baer is on Elle’s 2018 Women In Hollywood Power List! This year’s Power List celebrates 12 women and gender-nonconforming folks who are making that change happen from the inside out.

2018 INSIGHT Participants

GHETTO FILM SCHOOL ROSTER PARTICIPANTS ALEJANDRA ARAUJO A Native New Yorker from Queens with Colombian roots, Alejandra Araujo is a filmmaker, artist and all-around creative. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and loves directing, writing and shooting. She has previously partnered with Google, Tribeca Film Institute, MTV, Funny or Die, […]

Women In Film and Ghetto Film School Partner to Expand the Hollywood Pipeline

Women In Film and Ghetto Film School Partner to Expand the Hollywood Pipeline Los Angeles, California, September 26, 2018 – Women In Film Los Angeles (WIF) and Ghetto Film School (GFS) have partnered to elevate the careers of emerging women of color filmmakers. Beginning in Fall 2018, six participants of Ghetto Film School’s ROSTER program […]

ReFrame’s Newly Certified Gender-Balanced Films

ReFrame — a coalition of industry leaders founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute — and IMDBPro announced on Tuesday nearly two dozen films to be certified for their gender-balanced productions. Reframe launched the data initiative in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows. The collaboration relies on data from IMDBPro to […]

WIF Signs Open Letter for Transgender Representation

Nearly four dozen production companies, talent agencies, film studios, and advocacy groups have announced their support for expanded LGBTQ representation, calling on Hollywood to use its soft power to tell authentic stories. In an open letter published exclusively in Variety, GLAAD and 5050by2020 — a strategic initiative within the Time’s Up organization — urged networks […]

2019 WIF | Black List Writing Labs

    The applications to the 2019 Black List and Women In Film Writers Programs are live!     2019 Feature Residency This year, we’re thrilled to announce that the Black List and Women In Film will invite six promising non-professional screenwriters who identify as women to participate in a one year residency, kicking off […]

Announcing First Recipients of ReFrame Gender Parity Stamp

In addition, Amazon, HBO and Ryan Murphy Productions are among 25 companies and organizations to pledge to become ReFrame Partners. A little over a year after the unveiling of ReFrame, an ambitious coalition of more than 50 top-level industry executives and creatives committed to achieving gender parity in Hollywood, the supergroup is ready to announce […]

Amy Baer Elected Board President of Women in Film

Amy Baer, who has deep industry experience as a top studio executive and more recently as a producer working with major talent, has been elected board president of Women in Film. She steps into the role at a critical juncture in Hollywood, as the entertainment industry faces a broad reckoning over gender disparities and sexual […]

Women In Film Finishing Fund Accepting Submissions

Women In Film is now accepting applications for its 2018 Finishing Fund and Belgian beer Stella Artois continuing its support of female filmmakers with the announcement of $100,000 in new grant funding. The Women in Film Finishing Fund will award 10-15 grants in cash and in-kind gifts for films by and/or about women as represented […]

Movie Fights Fundraiser

ScreenJunkies is proud to partner with Women in Film for an incredible Movie Fights special event on Thursday, May 3rd at 3:00 PM PST on YouTube.com/ScreenJunkies. Throughout the month of April, ScreenJunkies is raising money to support Women In Film’s mission to advocate and advance the careers of women both in front of and behind […]

Oscar-nominated women broke the mold…

On Monday Night, we held our monthly Speaker Series at the West Hollywood Library. This month’s topic was “Breaking the Oscars Mold,” and reporter Rebecca Sun spoke with Hollywood Producers — Oscar winners Blye Pagon Faust & Nicole Rocklin and Oscar nominee Bonnie Arnold about their road to The Oscars.

ReFrame Initiative By WIF, Sundance in Deadline

Two days after Best Actress winner Frances McDormand led a handful of female Oscar nominees and winners to stand as she urged for more inclusion in Hollywood, the ReFrame initiative has generated a handbook with numerous key proposals its organizers believe will help promulgate meaningful reform and diverse hiring practices in the film and TV […]

Apply for the 2018 Film Financing Intensive

 Six years ago, Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles launched an initiative to foster gender parity for women behind the camera. Our first step was to understand the root causes and hard numbers behind the paucity of American women filmmakers so we could design effective ways to improve on the status quo. When […]

When Halle Berry accepted her Oscar…

For Black History Month, Women In Film staff share favorite moments with African American women in film.

Watch WIF Board President Cathy Schulman at Sundance

Panel Hosted by HFPA and Sundance Institute at Sundance TV on January 20, 2018. Tina Lifford, Octavia Spencer, Sandra Oh, Reed Morano and Cathy Schulman. Moderated by Elisabeth Sereda.

2017 In Review

Happy New Year! What a year 2017 has been for women. We feel and hear the momentum of our collective power, and we are proud of the work that our community, and our organization, has done to mobilize change. Our dedicated members, Staff, and Board give us strength to build new tools to address problems, […]

WIF Mentee Melissa Hickey is Sony Fellow

WIF Scholarship Alum & current WIF Mentee Melissa Hickey has been named one of eight fellows in the Sony TV Diverse Director’s Program. We are thrilled for Melissa, and will continue to support her in her endeavors as a gifted, emerging director.

WIF To Launch Sexual Harassment Services

Women in Film is starting a sexual harassment Help Line and pro bono legal service to assist those in the entertainment industry who’ve encountered any mistreatment in the past. The service is expected to be operational as of December 1 and be available every day throughout the year. The legal aid panel will refer both […]

2017 WIF | Black List Episodic Lab Participants

Congratulations to 2017’s Women In Film  | Black List Episodic Lab Participants!    “THE TROUBLES” by Liz Beall Logline: Claire Sullivan, former IRA operative, now a dedicated wife and mother, becomes reactivated when an old lover crashes her quiet suburban life and pits her against her all-American police detective husband. Bio: Before jumping into television […]

WIF Statement on Harvey Weinstein

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 10, 2017 Women In Film has been speaking with individual press outlets since the story about Harvey Weinstein broke. With the escalation of the story, and the conversation this has opened up nationally and worldwide, we are making this statement. Women In Film encourages women to continue speaking up about […]

2018 Mini-Upfronts Submissions

Do you have a teaser, sizzle, or trailer for a film, pilot, web series, doc that has not yet been in wide release? If you do, then the Mini Upfronts is for you! WIF Mini Upfronts, in its second year, invites Women In Film content creators to submit trailers and reels for their upcoming projects in […]

Patty Jenkins to Direct WONDER WOMAN 2

“Wonder Woman” has become the biggest blockbuster of the summer with $402 million and counting, beating out the likes of Marvel heavyweights “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Patty Jenkins’ superhero origin story won over critics with its empowering themes and performances, and it did the impossible in getting people to finally […]

WOMEN REPRESENT: Immigrants on Screen

In the wake of the recent announcement of the Executive Branch’s intentions to end DACA, we have been talking about immigration here at the Women In Film office. This issue is personal to many of us, as we think of our undocumented loved ones. Hollywood, too, has reacted to this decision. Much of the work […]

Sexual Harassment: What to Do About It

  In California sexual harassment is defined as a form of discrimination based on sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Harassment falls into two categories: Quid pro quo: when someone conditions a job, promotion, or other work benefit on your submission to unwelcome sexual advances or […]

WIF Board Member Nisha Ganatra will direct ‘LATE NIGHT’

Nisha Ganatra will direct the upcoming comedy LATE NIGHT starring Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson.[…]

‘The Murders Of Molly Southbourne’ Picked Up By Cathy Schulman

Bringing in yet another female-facing project is not surprising for Schulman, given that she has been such a strong advocate for women’s rights and promoting gender parity as president of Women in Film.[…]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman has acquired ‘ALPHA GIRLS’

WIF Board President, Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment, has acquired the film and TV rights to Julian Guthrie’s nonfiction book ‘Alpha Girls’ about the unsung female heroes of Silicon Valley.[…]

WIF Board Member Amy Baer’s ‘MARY SHELLEY’ at TIFF 2017

WIF Board Member and Producer Amy Baer’s film, MARY SHELLEY, starring Elle Fanning and directed by the Saudi filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.[…] 

Jessica Chastain, Face of the Fragrance, Woman

“She’s a huge supporter of Women In Film. ‘I’m going to do anything I can to be there and support any organization that empowers and creates opportunities for women.'”[…]

HP: Diversity and Brands Inspiring Reinvention

HP celebrated more than seven decades of empowering filmmakers and creative visionaries at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[…]

Cathy Schulman acquires film rights

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman has acquired the film rights to Scott W. Stern’s THE TRIALS OF NINA MCCALL, the true story of one of the largest mass quarantines in U.S. history and the women who fought against it.[…]

Hannah Minghella on ‘Wonder Woman’ Envy

WIF Board Member, President of TriStar and daughter of Anthony Minghella, Hannah Minghella opens up about Sony’s hands-off approach (really), new CEO Tony Vinciquerra and how the Trump presidency is affecting her. She says, “We still have a long way to go,” when speaking about studios advocating for women.[…]

What does ‘Wonder Woman’ mean for female filmmakers?

The weekend’s global number one debut by Wonder Woman has delivered a stunning victory for the gender parity camp, although experts warn there is still plenty of work to be done. Patty Jenkins directed the Warner Bros and DC Entertainment superhero adaptation starring Gal Gadot and shattered the North American opening weekend record for a […]

#WonderWknd a Powerful Success

WONDER WOMAN is an action-packed tale of female empowerment, directed by the unstoppable Patty Jenkins. We cannot thank you all enough for joining forces to help Wonder Woman reach her destiny as a box office warrior. Together, moviegoers DID catapult WONDER WOMAN to an incredible opening weekend – blazing a trail for female superheroes and […]

Dear White People, Created by WIF Board Members

Dear White People premieres 4/28. It’s creative team includes Women In Film Board Members Nisha Ganatra & Stephanie Allain: “Having a black vibrator does not count as an interracial relationship.” That sets the tone for the first full trailer for Dear White People, Netflix’s anticipated half-hour comedy series based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed debut indie […]

Lisa Callif one of “Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys”

WIF Attorney Lisa Callif is one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Attorneys of 2017. “If you’ve got a documentary in the works, Callif and partner Michael Donaldson are the ones you call to make sure your subjects don’t sue. This year’s Sundance festival featured nearly two dozen films by her firm’s clients, including the […]

THR Covers WIF + Sundance Institute Finance Panel

Several financing myths were debunked at Monday night’s Women, Money and Movies panel, moderated by Women in Film president Cathy Schulman. Contrary to conventional wisdom, lower-budget films aren’t always easier to make. That lesson was one of the key take-aways from the Women, Money and Movies panel on Monday night at the Pacific Design Center […]

Women in Film Adds Six to 2017 Board of Directors

Bela Bajaria, Terry Curtin, Nisha Ganatra and Laura Gordon are joining for the first time. Women in Film has elected four new members to its Board of Directors, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. In addition, TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella and UTA partner and Independent Film Group head Rena Ronson have rejoined the board of […]

WIF Grant Winner BAND AID Gets Release Date

Zoe Lister-Jones’ feature directorial comedy Band Aid will be opening on June 2. IFC took North American rights to this Sundance Film Festival comedy about a feuding couple who start a band to reconcile their marriage per the suggestion of their therapist. Lister-Jones stars as Anna and Adam Pally plays her husband Ben. Fred Armisen also co-stars […]

Hollywood companies to talk inclusion with ReFrame

When was the last time that every major film studio, every broadcast network, leading cable networks and streaming services all agreed on something? Maybe … never? Well, we can report that they’ve all agreed to meet with a group called ReFrame — an initiative designed to get more women hired in Hollywood, both behind the […]

WIF, Sundance & Industry Leaders Launch ReFrame

Enough talk! Studio and agency insiders, producers, directors and industry leaders reveal ReFrame, a focused and results-oriented push to break entertainment’s gender-parity logjam: “This is bigger than the bullshit.” Lack of parity for women — behind the camera, in the front office, on the payroll — long has been one of Hollywood’s most intractable obstacles. […]

Piper Laurie to Appear at WIF/Ojai Film Festival Event

Women In Film Members can write to info@wif.org to receive their discount. (OJAI, CA – February 14, 2017) Imagine it’s the 1950s and you’re going to the movies, what film would you see? Probably one of the 15 movies made by screen legend Piper Laurie, star of film, stage, and a television diva who was […]

2016 WIF Grantee CHAVELA at Berlinale

Latido Films will handle international sales to “Chavela,” a documentary on this hugely influential Mexico-raised singer from directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi. Featuring key figures in her life, such as Pedro Almodovar, “Chavela” world premieres at the Berlin Festival on Feb. 9 where Latido will introduce it to buyers. Vargas’ friendship, maybe passionate affair, […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman Launches Welle Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Cathy Schulman, former head of production at STX Entertainment, just launched a new production and finance company called Welle Entertainment. In addition, she has entered into a co-venture with Primary Wave Entertainment and is starting up with several diverse film and television projects already on the slate. The first Welle film will be a […]

New MDSCI Study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith & Marc Choueiti

80 Percent of Female Directors Made Only One Movie in 10 Years. The latest USC research also reports that just 8.1 percent of Hollywood’s helmers over the past decade were black or Asian. Adding age to its latest study on Hollywood representation, USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative has uncovered sobering evidence that […]

Women In Film Mini-Upfronts Recap

The first annual Women In Film Members Create Mini Upfronts was held on Friday, January 13th, at the William Morris Endeavor screening room in Beverly Hills.  We had over 90 attendees, including executives from Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Fox, CBS, OWN, STX, WME, CAA, UTA, and Gersh. The event was Executive Produced by Women In Film members […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman in LARB Roundtable

“Women are going into schools in filmmaking, and graduate schools, but coming out early. So something’s happening in those walls — and then all the way through. On the other side of the triangle, we have this enormous cultural bias issue going on with decision makers and content creators, and frankly, it doesn’t even really […]

Women In Film Shorts Night

Women In Film is excited to announce the selections for our fabulous night of short films! Come see seven carefully curated shorts made by our own members. The theme for this year’s event is SECRETS & DISCOVERIES. The films are: COME AWAY WITH ME (Ellen Gerstein) CRUSH (Rosie Westhoff) EVERYBODY DOES IT (Megan Brotherton) NODAL […]

Women In Film’s 2016 In Review

This New Year’s day, we remember the successes of women over the past year. The attention given to the issue of gender inequity in film, television and media continues to grow; meanwhile, women have been turning out exceptional content — especially in television. Issa Rae’s “Insecure,” Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar,” & Pamela Adlon’s “Better Things” […]

Deborah Liebling Honored at Palm Springs

December 10, 2016: Women In Film Board Member Deobrah Liebling received a “Broken Glass” award from Palm Springs Women in Film. On November 15th, over 200 people gathered for a snazzy luncheon at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa to celebrate the 8th Palm Springs Women in Film and Television’s Broken Glass Awards. PSWIFT […]

Four WIF Grantees in Sundance 2017

As Sundance’s lineup unfolds,we find more WIF-supported filmmakers are revealed in the program. 2016 Women In Film Finishing Fund Grantees Zoe Lister-Jones & Jennifer Brea; 2016 Women In Film Special Recognition Grantee Kitty Green; and 2015 Women In Film Finishing Fund Grantee Christine Turner have all had films selected for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Learn more about […]


10K #52FilmsByWomen Pledges

Brandy Parker’s Transformative Experience with #52FilmsByWomen Brandy Parker Still from GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014)  Late Sunday night of Thanksgiving weekend, we hit our goal of 10,000 pledges to watch #52FilmsByWomen, one each week for a year. This is meaningful. When we started this project, we had taken note of how few cinephiles […]

Women In Film Finishing Fund Winners Announced

Women In Film has announced the recipients of its 31st annual Film Finishing Fund grant programme in support of films by, for or about women. The narrative winners are: Solace by Tchaiko Omawale; Band Aid by Zoe Lister-Jones; Miracle by Egle Vertelyte; and The Darkest Days Of Us by Astrid Rondero. Documentary recipients are: Amor […]

Mentoring Circle Applications Open

The mission of the Women In Film Mentoring Program is to nurture emerging talent in the entertainment industry by connecting WIF members with established professionals who can offer advice and guidance. Mentees get the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the entertainment industry’s business practices and culture, focus their efforts, and hone skills.We feel […]

Submit to Our Shorts Night!

On January 31, we’ll hold a screening of Women In Film Member shorts at The West Hollywood Library, hear from the selected filmmakers, and celebrate with a post-screening reception. Filmmakers chosen to screen will be notified in early January. This event will be open to the public. Submissions must be directed and/or written by active […]


Women In Film is excited to unveil the “Up and Out” PSA for A New Way of Life. The Los Angeles-based charity provides support to formerly incarcerated women for successful community re-entry, empowering them to be advocates for personal change. The organization boasts an 80 percent success rate. The PSA features an original rap written especially […]

Laura Lewis & Naketha Mattocks in Variety

WIF Board Member Laura Lewis & Former WIF Board Member Naketha Mattocks are both featured in Variety’s “Power of Women L.A. Impact Report.” Thanks to them for their invaluable service!

Twilight Contest Winners, One Year Later

In 2014, Women In Film, Lionsgate, Facebook, and Volvo cars created a unique opportunity for women to make short origin story films about characters from Twilight Saga. Hundreds of women submitted their screenplay outlines and pitched their visions on Tongal, and just seven shorts were selected for production. In 2015, these seven films premiered on Facebook, where […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman on The Frame

LISTEN: How hidden biases hurt women (and lots of other people) in Hollywood

Three WIF Members are Fox Directing Fellows

On August 25, 2016, Fox Global Directors Initiative announced its 16 Director Fellows for its comedy and drama apprenticeship program. Three of the fellows selected are Women In Film members: Rachel Goldberg, Alexis Korycinski, and Yoko Okumura. All three of these women are part of WIF’s mentoring program, and also directed shorts selected for Women In Film’s […]

3 WIF Members Selected as Fox Directing Fellows

Women In Film Los Angeles members selected for The Fox Global Directors Initiative include Alexis Korycinski, Yoko Okumura, & Rachel Goldberg. Jennifer Phang, who appeared on our director’s panel earlier this year, was also selected.

WIF Grantee GODLESS Wins Golden Leopard

Bulgarian filmmaker [& 2015 WIF Grantee] Ralitza Petrova took home the grand prize from the Swiss festival. The 69th Locarno International Film Festival has wrapped up after a successful two weeks that showed 279 films at the Swiss event. This year, the international lineup gave voice to a number of new female filmmakers. Of the […]

WIF CFO Jane Fleming’s Company Enters Deal

Court Five was founded by former New Line Cinema executives Fleming and Ordesky, who were responsible for more than 60 films while at New Line and Fine Line Features. Ordesky was executive producer on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, spending five years supervising all elements of development, production and post in New Zealand with filmmaker […]

WIF Members Create: Mini Upfronts

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 9/21   WIF Members Create: Mini Upfronts Details Do you have a teaser, sizzle, or trailer for a film, pilot, or web series that has not yet been in wide release? If you do, then the Mini Upfronts is for you! Fall 2016, WIF will host a screening of jury selected teasers, […]

July Speaker Series: New Trends in Distribution

As the landscape of film distribution evolves and new companies and platforms enter the marketplace, so do filmmaker’s options. A panel of experts from United Talent Agency, Drafthouse Films, The Orchard, Quiver, and more will impart their knowledge on new and steadfast strategies for distribution. Moderated by CAA Film Finance Agent Laura Lewis. RSVP now!

Finalists for Women in Film-The Black List TV Lab Announced

The women’s scripts will be hosted on the Black List website for free and also read by multiple agencies and networks.

ArcLight Second Annual Women in Entertainment Summit

The event will bring together such participants as Geena Davis, Bonnie Arnold, Rob Thomas and Kirsten Schaffer.

How to Get More Women Into the Director’s Chair

People insist it’s a pipeline problem when it’s really a broken doorbell problem. Competent and talented women are right there on the doorstep, hitting the buzzer, but no one is answering the door. Last year, even with constant calls for more gender diversity, 86 percent of the first-time TV directors were still white males.

‘Ghostbusters,’ the bros who hate it and the art of modern misogyny

What really sets off the haters is when women do things that men have traditionally done: Firefighter, sportswriter, Army Ranger, video game designer, commander in chief. Even a made-up occupation — Ghostbuster — is apparently off limits to women. Yup, turns out that this weekend’s opening of the Ghostbuster’s movie reboot has turned into a […]

Shelby Stone To Run Common’s Production Company Freedom Road

Former WIF Board Member Shelby Stone has been hired as President of Production by Freedom Road Productions.

Crystal+Lucy Awardees Nominated: Emmys 2016

Several past Crystal + Lucy Awardees have been nominated for Emmys for a variety of categories. These include: Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Lesli Linka Glatter, Jill Soloway, Rachel Morrison, and Diane Warren. Congratulations Ladies!

New Director of Systemic Change Project: Alison Emilio

In the newly created position, she will oversee the project, whose goal is to build a coalition of industry leaders to take tangible steps to bring about measurable progress in gender equity, with an initial emphasis on female directors in film and television.

ScreeningRoom launches film and grant Submission Platform with Women In Film

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (June 16, 2016) ScreeningRoom, a new media platform for independent filmmakers and content creators, has launched an intuitive and easy to use submission platform in partnership with Women In Film’s Film Finishing Fund. “The new ScreeningRoom platform offers a simple and elegant solution for filmmakers and organizations alike for […]

2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards

Taraji P. Henson brought down the house at Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday, talking about equal pay for women. “If I do just as good a job as men, why shouldn’t I get paid the same?” she said… “Is it because I don’t have a penis? In this day and age […]

WIF PSA Wins Telly Award

WIF LA River PSA named a Winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards The Telly Awards has named Women In Film as a winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for their piece “Bird Photobombs Selfie on the LA River”. The PSA competed with over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. Check […]

Crystal + Lucy® Honorees In Variety

Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Dormer and Lesli Linka Glatter are set to receive top honors at the 2016 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards fundraiser dinner June 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The annual benefit gala advocates gender parity for women throughout the industry, and this year’s theme “Designing Change” […]


If you’re looking for something to do this Memorial Day weekend, a new look into a campaign aims at getting more visitors to spend time in an unexpected place: the Los Angeles River. From kayaking at the Glendale Narrows, bike riding on the paths and picnicking at a nearby park, a new public service announcement […]

Films By Women at LA Film Festival

#52FilmsByWomen at LA Film Festival Women In Film is proud to share these great films by women at LA Film Festival! With a lineup including 25 woman-made films, the festival is an excellent chance to start your list of #52FilmsByWomen, one each week for a year. In fact, those who pledge to watch #52FilmsByWomen here […]

Women in Film Launches Music Committee

Women scored fewer than 2 percent of the top 500 films in 2015, a minuscule improvement from 1 percent in 2014. To help improve those dismal stats, advocacy group Women in Film has formed a new music committee, chaired by music supervisor Tracy McKnight. The committee launched Saturday with a Los Angeles event featuring Oscar-winner […]

WIF Grantee Priscilla Anany Wins Directing Award

Priscilla Anany, director of “Children of the Mountain” (USA, Ghana). Jury Comments: “So many of the films we had the pleasure of viewing were expertly directed and worthy of recognition. The winning director presents a fearless and heart wrenching tale of an embattled mother’s high stakes journey to heal her sick child and ultimately herself. […]

Interview with WIF Grantee Kristi Zea

Women In Film speaks with grantee Kristi Zea at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where she premiered her documentary directorial debut “Everybody Knows… Elizabeth Murray.” The Women In Film Finishing Fund supported this film in 2011. The film documents the life of the artist Elizabeth Murray, and includes readings of Murray’s journals by Meryl Streep. […]

Hey ladies: This TV writer’s lab could be for you

Two organizations are combining forces to help female writers who are eager to break into Hollywood. Women In Film, Los Angeles, and The Black List are teaming up to create a television lab for female writers. The lab will take place in August, but they are on the lookout for participants right now at blcklst.com and […]

Women In Film Grantwinners at Tribeca Film Festival

Four of the films premiering at 2016’s Tribeca Film Festival received support from Women In Film’s Finishing Fund. The festival will take place in New York City April 13 – 24. If you’re attending please check out these wonderful films! 2015 Grant Winners AWOL “Building from her award-winning short, writer-director Deb Shoval’s debut feature is […]

WIF Board Member Stephanie Allain in Cosmo

In 1990, I interviewed a young man to replace me as a script reader in the story department of Columbia Pictures. That man was 22-year-old John Singleton, and he couldn’t care less about the reader job. Instead, he pitched me his script about three young kids in South Central called Boyz N the Hood. When […]

WIF Board President Cathy Schulman speaks at UN

8 Mar 2016 – Women’s International Forum is pleased to present Ms. Cathy Schulman Academy Award Winning Producer and Board President of Women in Film in a talk on “Gender Equality in Hollywood”.

Press Releases

09/19 Women In Film, Los Angeles Hosting Inaugural Showcase of Film Finishing Fund Recipients as Part of Stella Artois Grant Program; Event to Feature Female Filmmakers’ Socially-Conscious Fare

08/19 Women In Film Sexual Harassment HELP LINE to Expand Services to New York State

07/19 The Black List and Women In Film, Los Angeles Announce Participants and Mentors for 2019 Feature Programs

06/19 Women In Film and Pepperdine University Partner on ENTREPRENEURIAL PATHWAYS, a New Initiative to Improve Funding for Women-led Businesses in the Screen Industries

06/19 Women In Film, Los Angeles Celebrated the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala

06/19 Presenters Announced for the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala: Viola Davis, Natasha Lyonne, and Maria Giulia Maramotti Added as Presenters

05/19 Women In Film, Los Angeles Announces 2019 Annual Gala Honorees: Amy Poehler, Issa Rae, Elizabeth Debicki, and Cathy Schulman

04/19 Women In Film Finishing Fund Applications Open

03/19 Women In Film Los Angeles Adds Five New Members to the 2019 Board of Directors

02/19 Women In Film and Max Mara Announce Elizabeth Debicki as the Recipient of the 2019 Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award®

06/18 Honoring Women of BLACK PANTHER at the Crystal + Lucy Awards®

06/18 2018 Announcing New Women In Film Board President, Producer Amy Baer

06/18 First ReFrame Stamp Recipients Announced

06/18 2018 Announcing New Women In Film Board President, Producer Amy Baer

05/18 2018 Crystal + Lucy Honorees Announced

01/18 Women In Film Finishing Fund Recipients Announced

09/17 Trailblazing Women In Film

07/17 Women In Film & The Black List Launch Inaugural Feature Film Lab

05/17 Women In Film Finishing Fund Applications

05/17 Women In Film 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards ©

02/17 Women In Film, Sundance Institute and 50 Hollywood Leaders Launch ReFrame to Create Sustainable Gender Equity in Film and Television

11/16 2016 Film Finishing Winners Announced (Updated 12/16)

07/16 2016 Systemic Change Project Director Alison Emilio Announced

07/16 WIF/Blacklist Episodic Lab Participants Announced


05/16 WIF Announces Music Committee

03/16 Women In Film/The Black List Announce Writers Lab

01/16 Women In Film/Sundance Grants Announced

12/15 Film Finishing Fund Recipients Announced

12/15 WIF-Sundance Systemic Change Project

06/15 TCM and WIF Announce Partnership

04/15 WIF-Sundance Groundbreaking Study

03/15 2015 Crystal + Lucy Award ® Nominees