WIF NEWS

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 Califf one of “Hollywood’s Top 100 Attorneys”

WIF Attorney Lisa Califf 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 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 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 […]

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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 […]

WIF PSA feat. BRE-Z

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 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” […]

WIF PSA on NBC

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 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 President of Women in Film in a talk on “Gender Equality in Hollywood”.

Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Lawrence, WIF Oscar Party

Discussions on pay inequality and gender diversity commanded the Women in Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party Friday night, where actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander and Patricia Arquette convened to honor 2016’s 51 female Oscar nominees. Before the cocktail party commenced, Women in Film president Cathy Schulman led a toast to recognize all the 2016 Oscar […]

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Celebrate V-Day with #52FilmsByWomen!

Make this Valentine’s day extra romantic. We’ve suggested fourteen films by women to watch for a great February 14! You can enjoy some romance and add to your list of #52FilmsByWomen at the same time. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this list on social media, as well as our wonderful intern Susan! Blood & […]

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Women In Film Awards Sundance Filmmakers

  Women In Film, Los Angeles (WIF-LA) awarded $32,000 in cash and in-kind grants at Sundance over the weekend. The honors were presented at the 10th annual Women in Film Sundance Filmmakers Panel discussion, titled “What the Future Holds.” Panelists included Meera Menon (“Equity”), Sian Heder (“Tallulah”) and Clea Duvall (“The Intervention”). “Trapped” director Dawn […]

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The Independent Covers #52FilmsByWomen!

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Adam McKay, Ridley Scott, Todd Haynes, Steven Spielberg. There’s a common theme in the BAFTA nominations for Best Director that were revealed this morning. This is not to say that the academy itself is necessarily guilty of favouring men, but rather that a complex system of sexism is endemic in the film […]

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Film Finishing Fund Winners Announced!

PDF of press release available here. WOMEN IN FILM ANNOUNCES 30TH ANNUAL FILM FINISHING FUND RECIPIENTS                                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOS ANGELES, CA   December 11, 2015 – Women In Film […]

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WIF Scholar Wins Samuel Goldwyn Award!

Emily Bensinger (pictured above with Teri Schwartz and Tony Goldwyn) took first price for Harridans. Second place was a tie, with the prize split between Noel Scott Chalmers for Stinker and Chloe Keenan for What I Did This Summer By Sophie Crumb. Third place went to Melissa Finell for Sensitivity Training, and UC Riverside’s Sean […]

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Hollywood leaders take on lack of women

Usually it takes a fundraising politician or a glittering awards show to convene competing studio executives and Hollywood agents in one room in Los Angeles. But for two days this fall, a group of 44 entertainment industry leaders gathered quietly, turning off their phones and setting aside their rivalries to tackle an increasingly visible problem […]

Happy Holidays

WIF 2015 Holiday Party

Gift Bags Sponsored by RSVPs include a complimentary mulled wine or holiday cocktail. Hors d’oeuvres served until 8:30 pm. Advance ticket sales will close at 5 pm, December 11th, or when sold out. Additional tickets may or may not be available at the door. Reservations are recommended.

Digital Content

WIF SPEAKER SERIES: CASTING

Featuring casting directors Sharon Bialy, Sarah Finn, and more TBA! Monday, November 30. Doors open at 7:00 PM for networking. Panel begins at 7:30.   Of the 100 top-grossing movies of 2014, 21 had a female lead, 17 had a lead person of color, and at the cross-section, 3 had a woman of color in […]

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Talking with Mollie Gregory

Talking with Mollie Gregory, author of STUNTWOMEN: The Untold Hollywood Story Interviewed by Ilene Kahn Power Trustee Women In Film Board of Directors Notable best selling author and former Women In Film President MOLLIE GREGORY has written a fascinating new book about the history of Stuntwomen in Hollywood.   The book, STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD  HOLLYWOOD STORY […]

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Spirit Music X WIF at Gibson Guitar Showroom

On Monday October 19, Spirit Music, in collaboration with Women In Film, ASCAP, and Kobalt, played host to a memorable night at the Gibson Guitar Showroom. Over 100 people were in attendance to see acoustic sets by up-and-comers Seafret and the multi-platinum band Kodaline.  The night was hosted by WIF’s music chair Tracy McKnight, along […]

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#52FilmsByWomen: Expanding Opportunities

At present there is a mounting public awareness that a lack of female directors working in the film and television industry is tangible. Recent news is that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is taking a step toward a potential class-action lawsuit driven by hiring discriminations in the entertainment industry. The suit was partially ignited […]

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Female-Driven Movies Make Money, So Why Aren’t More Being Made?

It’s good business to cast strong women in lead movie roles. Last summer’s opening weekend was a master class on femi-nomics when “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” faced off on May 15 — and both films came out ahead. This story first appeared in the October 06, 2015 issue of Variety. Subscribe […]

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Women Directed Just One-Third of Festival Short Films, Study Finds

Looking at major festivals, the USC study discovered that career inequality for female directors starts early on. A study from the University of Southern California finds that of the short films running in the world’s top film festivals, 68 percent were helmed by males, while the remaining 32 percent were headed by women directors. From […]

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Make the Pledge – #52FilmsByWomen

Will you watch a film a week by a woman for one year? Say YES, and join our #52FilmsByWomen movement! It is super easy: make the commitment, watch the film and post about it on Facebook or Twitter. You can curate a list on GoWatchIt, or pull from one of the many lists of films […]

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WIF Board Member Sandra Stern Promoted

She has 30 shows on the air, 16 more originals this year and two series up for a best drama Emmy (‘Mad Men’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’). So what keeps the veteran dealmaker up at night? “Everything!”

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Join LA Women In Film’s #52FilmsByWomen Movement

WIF LA is inviting viewers to take part in their #52FilmsByWomen campaign. The org is asking feminist cinephiles to commit to watching a woman-directed film once a week for a year and let the world know that female filmmakers are out there via Facebook or Twitter. Read the article.

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TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES (TCM) AND WOMEN IN FILM LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Women In Film (WIF) Los Angeles have joined forces for a multi-year partnership dedicated to raising awareness about the lack of gender equality in the industry and celebrating the achievements of women in film. Beginning in fall of 2015, TCM will kick off a three-year commitment each October with an […]

Sundance/WIF Groundbreaking Report

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles, co-founders of the Female Filmmakers Initiative, unveil Phase III of a groundbreaking study that reveals the barriers and opportunities in the careers of female narrative film directors after premiering a film at the Sundance Film Festival. The study, authored by Dr. Stacy L. […]

Press Releases

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 2016 CRYSTAL + LUCY AWARDS® HONOREES

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

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