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RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN FILM
I WANT... 

...to locate RESEARCH / DATA related to parity/diversity/inclusion in US entertainment media

Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative is the leading think tank in the world studying diversity and inclusion in entertainment through original research and sponsored projects. Beyond research, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative develops targeted, research-based solutions to tackle inequality. 

Research available here: https://annenberg.usc.edu/research/aii

Arthouse Convergence

The Art House Convergence is an association dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in community-based, mission-driven media exhibition. Each year our annual conference, regional seminars, and programs provide networking opportunities, educational resources, and define best practices for hundreds of theaters and festivals.

Research available here: https://www.arthouseconvergence.org/index.php/data/

San Diego: Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film

The Center generates a number of large annual studies documenting women’s representation and portrayals, as well as substantial investigations of the business environment surrounding women in film and television. Every year, The Celluloid Ceiling tracks the employment of women working as directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, and editors on the top 100, 250, and 500 grossing films. Now in its 21st year this study has considered more than 56,000 behind-the-scenes credits on over 5,500 films.

For a discussion of on-screen portrayals of female characters, readers can consult It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World. This study examines the representation of female protagonists, major characters, and speaking characters on the top 100 films every year, and discusses how the employment of women in key behind-the-scenes roles is related to on-screen portrayals.

First conducted in 2007, Thumbs Down: Film Critics and Gender, and Why It Matters is the most comprehensive study of women’s representation and impact as film reviewers available.  The report considers individuals working for print, broadcast, and online outlets whose work is included on the Rotten Tomatoes website.

Indie Women monitors women’s behind-the-scenes employment on independently and domestically produced films screening at more than 20 high-profile festivals in the U.S. It is the largest study of women working in independent film available.

Another annual study, Boxed In, examines the portrayals of female characters and the employment of behind-the-scenes women in prime-time television. Now in its 21st year, the study considers broadcast, basic and premium cable, and streaming programs.

Research available here: https://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/research/

UCLA College Social Sciences

Puts out yearly Hollywood Diversity Report

Research available here: https://socialsciences.ucla.edu/hollywood-diversity-report-2019/

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

The Institute has amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence in family entertainment,spanning more than 28 years. Our research findings are in high demand by companies and organizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls.

The Institute’s research serves as the basis for education and outreach programs that help families, studios, educators and content creators become critical consumers and producers.

Research available here: https://seejane.org/research-informs-empowers/

RespectAbility

RespectAbility is a nonprofit that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community by promoting diverse, authentic and accurate portrayals; identifying and promoting best practices in education, employment, civic engagement and access; and strengthening a talent pipeline.

www.respectability.org

Lauren Appelbaum: LaurenA@RespectAbility.org

...FURTHER READING / VIEWING material to better understand issues of parity in entertainment media

BOOKS

Silent Women: Pioneers of Cinema

Edited by Melody Bridges and Cheryl Robson

Learn more HERE

The Wrong Kind of Women: Inside Our Revolution to Dismantle the Gods of Hollywood

By Naomi McDougall Jones

Learn more HERE

FILMS

CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion

Directed by Jenni Gold

Learn more HERE

Half the Picture

Directed by Amy Adrion

Learn more HERE

Miss Representation

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Kimberlee Acquaro

Learn more HERE

The Mask You Live In

Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Learn more HERE

This Changes Everything 

Directed by Tom Donahue

Learn more HERE

...to find organizations/companies working to get content from historically underrepresented demographics MADE

5050by2020

5050by2020 is an intersectional initiative of the Time’s Up movement incubated at the Center for Cultural Power. We empower artists and storytellers to change the game in Hollywood and beyond, with an emphasis on supporting transgender, disabled, sex worker and undocumented writers working in television and film.

www.5050by2020.com

gina@5050by2020.com

Accessible Hollywood

A movement dedicated to inclusion and accessibility of people with disabilities in mass media and entertainment

www.accessiblehollywood.com

info@accessiblehollywood.com

ACLU of Southern California

ACLU SoCal protects civil liberties, civil rights, and equal justice in California. ACLU SoCal advocates for civil rights enforcement in Hollywood and provides technical assistance and resources to increase equal opportunity for women, people of color, and disabled people seeking employment in Hollywood.

www.aclusocal.org

https://www.aclusocal.org/en/contact-us

Advocates for Inclusion Media

Advocates for Inclusion in Media is a group of leaders working to create environments that allow underrepresented people feel comfortable communicating their positive and negative experiences, failures, successes and their solutions for navigating a career in the media industry.

www.aimcoalition.org

https://www.aimcoalition.org/contact-us

Alliance for Women Film Composers

We are a community of composers and colleagues who strive to support and celebrate the work of women composers through advocacy and education. This visibility is important to herald in equality amongst our industry and bring diverse voices to film, television, video games and multimedia projects.

www.theawfc.com

info@theawfc.com

Alliance of Women Directors

AWD is committed to increasing the number of working women-identifying directors by: Providing education and professional support for members in the form of hands-on craft enrichment, mentorship, and education; Developing and leveraging relationships with industry partners; Partnering with like-minded organizations to increase our reach and impact

www.allianceofwomendirectors.org

https://www.allianceofwomendirectors.org/contact/

Arthouse Convergence

The Art House Convergence is an association dedicated to advancing excellence and sustainability in community-based, mission-driven media exhibition. Each year our annual conference, regional seminars, and programs provide networking opportunities, educational resources, and define best practices for hundreds of theaters and festivals.

https://www.arthouseconvergence.org/

info@arthouseconvergence.org

Atlanta Film Society

Founded in 1976, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS) is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States. Enriching the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round, the chief operation of ATLFS is the Academy-Award Qualifying Atlanta Film Festival.

http://www.atlantafilmsociety.org/

http://www.atlantafilmsociety.org/contact

Blue Collar Post Collective

The Blue Collar Post Collective is an accessible and focused grassroots initiative supporting
emerging talent in post production worldwide. By making education and mentorship opportunities accessible, we make the motion picture industry more accessible and inclusive.

www.bluecollarpostcollective.com

info@bluecollarpostcollective.com

Chicana Director's Initiative

CDI creates a solid foundation of Latina Directors and Latina DPs and successfully immerse the members into sustainable careers in the entertainment industry with fair representation and equal pay.

www.chicanadirectorsinitiative.org

phoenix@chicanadirectorsinitiative.org

Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

www.chickeneggspics.org

By emailing info@chickeneggpics.org or following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @chickeneggpics!

Cinefemme

Founded in 2003, Cinefemme is a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides fiscal sponsorship, project support, mentorship, community and other programs for diverse women, female-identifying and non-binary filmmakers and key creatives.
www.cinefemme.net

Cinematographers XX

We are a group of cinematographers who identify as female whose work spread across narrative, documentary, music video and commercial genres.

www.cinematographersxx.com

cinematographersxx@gmail.com

CreativeChaos vmg

CreativeChaos vmg was founded in 2010 with the intention of creating media that challenges conventional norms, embraces provocative ideas and tackles systemic inequities. We believe firmly that through art, entertainment, and the craft of great story telling, we can move the dial on cultural conversation.

https://www.creativechaosvmg.com

info@creativechaosvmg.com

Divas with Disabilities

DWD mission is reshape what disability looks like by promoting Black and Brown women and girls with physical disabilities through various media platforms.​ OUR VISION
To see more Black and Brown women and girls with physical disabilities reflected throughout mass media.

www.divaswithdisabilities.com

https://www.divaswithdisabilities.org/contact.html

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Film Fatales

Film Fatales is a 501(c)3 non profit which advocates for parity in the film industry and supports an inclusive community of hundreds of women and non binary feature film and television directors nationwide, raising the visibility of underrepresented voices and expanding the talent pool for industry decision makers looking to hire closer to parity.

www.filmfatales.org

http://www.filmfatales.org/contact

Film Inquiry

Film Inquiry is a progressive, independent film magazine that aims to redefine film journalism. We publish in-depth, high quality articles written by a diverse group of people; without falsely baiting your attention, we offer genuine, passionate insight into the world of film.

www.filminquiry.com

info@filminquiry.com

Film Lab

The Film Lab(TM) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the promotion and support of gender and ethnic parity in film and television programming. Through our education and outreach programming, we provide seminars, screenings, opportunities to workshop scripts, and the 72 Hour Shootout (TM), an annual, high-profile filmmaking competition.

www.film-lab.org

Email Secretary, Daryl King and/or Deputy Secretary Kathleen Boddington at info@film-lab.org for more information or to get involved!

Film Launch

Expanding opportunities for filmmakers and content creators through courses, consulting, coaching and collaboration.

www.filmlaunch.online

https://www.filmlaunch.online/contact

Getting Played: Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards

Getting Played symposia are annual events that attempt to dismantle rampant employment discrimination in the entertainment industry and honor those whose less visible acts evolve for the better the media that shape so much of who we are. By putting leaders of diverse expertise into conversation, these symposia develop coalitions to usher in equity.

https://kantonia.wix.com/gettingplayed

Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking

Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking is a feminist nonprofit organization committed to achieving intersectional gender equity in filmmaking. We are a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking.

www.hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

aloha@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.org

International Collective of Female Cinematographers

The International Collective of Female Cinematographers (ICFC) is a collective of professional female cinematographers from around the US and the world, who provide each other with community support and industry advocacy. Their searchable online database of members acts as a resource for those seeking to diversify their hiring pool.

www.ICFCfilm.com

https://www.icfcfilm.com/contact/

Latino Filmmakers Network

Latino Filmmakers Network mission is to connect, inspire, educate and create opportunities for the Latino community while also promoting diversity and inclusion in the Entertainment industry. Our mission is also to bridge the gap within our community and create power in unity and to define the American Latino voice.

www.latinofilmmaker.org

LatinoFilmmakersNetwork@gmail.com

Level Forward

Level Forward develops, produces, finances and distributes high quality media with Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning producers. We extend the influence and opportunity of creative excellence to lift new voices by incorporating equity and accountability early in the process, and creating story-driven, impact-minded results of financial and social value.

www.levelforward.com

info@levelforward.com

Los Angeles Women's Film Collective

Our mission is connect people who identify as women across all filmmaking disciplines - fostering relationships and creating more equitable opportunities. We hire each other, we mentor each other, we advocate for each other, we share our resources and experiences, knowing there is room enough for all of us in this rising tide.

www.lawomensfilmcollective.com

info@lawomensfilmcollective.com

Media Access Awards

The Media Access Awards works towards a more accurate and inclusive portrayal of disability in media and the employment of people with disabilities in front and behind the cameras.

www.mediaaccessawards.com

Moms-in-Film

Moms-in-Film is a bi-coastal non-profit dedicated to energizing careers in film and television by providing community, funding, and advocacy. We provide tax-deductible concierge services for sourcing and enrolling in family services during a production schedule. Parents can benefit from our fleet of services.

www.momsinfilm.org

Reach Out Today! Interested in starting a chapter? Looking for volunteer or internship opportunities? Curious about sponsorships? hello@momsinfilm.org And, oh yes, we're quite social on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Soundcloud @momsinfilm

NYC Women Filmmakers

NYC Women Filmmakers (NYCWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for inclusion and amplification of underrepresented filmmakers of all trades, experience, and background. NYCWF members meet in person and online to exchange knowledge, foster collaboration, share resources, and support each other’s work.

www.nycwomenfilmmakers.org

Email us or contact us through your preferred platform at https://nycwomenfilmmakers.org/contact/

New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT)

NYWIFT advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers.

www.nywift.org

info@nywift.org

re: imagine/ATL 

re:imagine/ATL connects youth with resources and mentors to amplify their voices in media.
Through our in-school and mobile programming, youth have the opportunity to explore film, music, podcasting and more.

http://www.reimagineatl.com/

Executive Director, Kimberlin Bolton, kimberlin@reimagineatl.com

RespectAbility

RespectAbility is a nonprofit that fights stigmas and advances opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community by promoting diverse, authentic and accurate portrayals; identifying and promoting best practices in education, employment, civic engagement and access; and strengthening a talent pipeline.

www.respectability.org

Lauren Appelbaum: LaurenA@RespectAbility.org

Scriptd

We are a barrier-free script database connecting buyers and writers.

www.scriptd.com

info@scriptd.com

Seed&Spark

Seed&Spark connects people through stories that matter. Since 2012, their platform has helped thousands of pioneering storytellers take control of their creative careers via story-centric crowdfunding, educational and community events, and distribution programs that cultivate a culture of sustainability, equity and inclusion.

www.seedandspark.com

Visit our website (seedandspark.com), reach out to us on social media (@seedandspark) or attend one of our 100+ free creator events around the country each year.

Superfest Disability Film Festival

Superfest celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that prioritizes access for disabled filmgoers of all kinds.

www.superfestfilm.org

Join our mailing list: https://longmoreinstitute.sfsu.edu/join-email-list
Or reach out directly to pklinst@sfsu.edu

The FilmmakeHERS

The FilmmakeHERS is a bicoastal community of female-identifying filmmakers, founded by Stacie Capone in 2014. Its mission is to educate, support and foster collaboration among multidisciplinary film & television creators. Monthly salons are held in NYC and LA.

www.thefilmmakehers.com

stacie@smallmediaxl.com

The Writers Lab

A screenwriting development Contest and Lab that supports women screenwriters over 40 with a yearly 4-day retreat for 12 writers.

www.thewriterslab.nyc

nw.thewriterslab@gmail.com

Transgender Talent LLC

Transgender Talent, LLC, is a small, boutique talent management company. We manage those that are transgender or nonbinary, for all of the USA, and elsewhere. We provide a place to find people willing to be themselves in the public eye, such as actors, comedians and models. We also list others with skills behind the scenes as well.

www.transgendertalent.com

We Are Moving Stories

We are the world's biggest online community and platform for new voices in film with over 2,500 contributors and more than 50% women filmmakers - an industry record.

http://www.wearemovingstories.com

c/o Founder and EP: Dr Carmela Baranowska (cabaranowska@protonmail.com)

Women and Hollywood

Women and Hollywood educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry. On a daily basis, Women and Hollywood sets the standard, defines the conversation, fuels coverage, and reinforces messages throughout the specialized and mainstream media to call for gender parity.

www.womenandhollywood.com

Women of Color Unite

Women of Color Unite (WOCU) is a LA-based social action and non-profit organization, a collective of over 1000 members, that focuses on remedying the inequities that face Women of Color in today’s entertainment and media industries. We stand for hiring parity, fair treatment, and providing resources to Women of Color content creators industry-wide.

https://wocunite.com

thejtclist@gmail.com

Women Make Movies

For more than 45 years, Women Make Movies has helped elevate diverse women directors and producers and improved equity in the film industry. The largest distributor of films by and about women in the world, WMM also supports hundreds of independent filmmakers each year with our highly successful Production Assistance Program.

www.wmm.com

info@wmm.com

Women's Voices Now

Women’s Voices Now is a non profit organization that promotes, produces, and shares social-change films that move audiences from empathy to action on women’s and girls’ rights issues, bridging the gap between filmmakers and agents of social change.

www.womensvoicesnow.org

Heidi, heidi@womensvoicesnow.org

Women's Weekend Film Challenge

Women's Weekend Film Challenge works for gender equity by creating opportunities for women to bring their leadership, talents and stories to the forefront of the film industry. WWFC places professional filmmakers on crews to write, shoot and edit a short film in one weekend, helping participants network and tell women's stories on screen.

www.womensweekendfilmchallenge.com

Sign up on Women's Weekend Film Challenge's email list at womensweekendfilmchallenge.com to be notified when applications are available for the next challenge and to receive general updates. Follow WWFC on Instagram (@womensweekendfilmchallenge), Twitter (@WWfilmchallenge) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/womensweekendfilmchallenge/). To contact WWFC, visit womensweekendfilmchallenge.com/contact.