The organizations helping female filmmakers in the wake of #MeToo
In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, there has been an increased focus on women in film with regards to how they are treated and the roles they are given. During this period of introspection, we’re taking a look at some of the best charities and organizations out there helping female filmmakers to progress and flourish within the film industry.
Women In Film is an organization that “advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture.” On its website, you’ll find helpful lists of scholarships and grants that you can apply for along with links to production and writing labs, a mentoring programme, and a film finishing fund.
NYWIFT advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. Per the NYWIFT website, “As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, 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.”
NYWIFT also has over 15,000 members and produces over 50 innovative programs and special events annually, including the Muse Awards for Vision and Achievement, which honors women in front of and behind the camera, and Designing Women, which recognizes costume designers, makeup artists, and hair stylists in the industry.
Chicken & Egg Pictures supports female nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Per the company’s website, “We envision a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry.”
Since 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $6.2 million in grants and thousands of hours of creative mentorship to 285 filmmakers. Films supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures have won numerous awards, including Academy and Emmy Awards.
According to the Women Make Movies team, “From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today’s headlines to smart, stunning films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in all genres, Women Make Movies – a non-profit feminist social enterprise based in New York – is the world’s leading distributor of independent films by and about women.”
Women Make Movies’s Production Assistance Program assists female directors with their productions from concept through completion with fiscal sponsorship, consultations, and other technical assistance.