Nonprofits and Foundations
Alliance of Women Directors
AWD is committed to substantially increasing the number of working women directors in film, television, commercials and new media. Alliance of Women Directors’ members range from recent graduates to award-winning veterans. Each has achieved professional status by having directed at least one long or short-form narrative film, television program, documentary, commercial or new media program that has been recognized by the creative community.
Austin Film Society
AFS creates life-changing opportunities for filmmakers, catalyzes Austin and Texas as a creative hub, and brings the community together around great film. AFS supports filmmakers towards career leaps, encouraging exceptional artistic projects with grants and support services. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community.
The Black List
Where filmmakers & writers meet:The Black List is an unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. It has hosted more than 55,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 85,000 script evaluations. As a direct result of introductions made on the Black List, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays. In only three years, a half dozen films have been produced from scripts introduced on the website
The Blackhouse helps Black creative voices and executives gain a better foothold in the industry. We showcase the best-of-the-best in film and television and are committed to highlighting the power of Black writers, producers, directors, and executives telling our stories. Our goal is to continually change the way audiences think about Black movies and television and keep the conversation about Black storytelling going on-screen and off for years to come.
Blue Collar Post Collective
BCPC is an accessible and focused grassroots initiative supporting emerging talent in post production with over 13,000 members worldwide, with hubs in New York, Los Angeles, and London. Their meet-ups and educational events are always free and accessible to all. Over 80% of revenue supports a program that sends low income post production workers to industry events that would otherwise be out of reach. BCPC is run entirely by volunteers who also work full time in the film, television, and media industry. They believe by making education and mentorship opportunities accessible, they can make a more inclusive industry where all kinds of people can succeed and contribute to the future of motion pictures in all forms.
Breakthrough is a global human rights organization driving the culture change needed to build a world in which all people live with dignity, equality, and respect. This is done using a potent mix of media, arts, and tech with an intersectional feminist approach. A multimedia, multidisciplinary, multi-focus lens honors the complex ways in which intersecting marginalized identities—race, ethnicity, gender and sexual expression, income level, geography, immigration status, health, ability—differently shape our lived experiences.
Founded by female filmmakers, for women-identified filmmakers, in 2003, Cinefemme helps women get their projects made. By advancing women’s careers in film and the arts, we help create gender parity in the arts and equal representation in the media. Cinefemme is an inclusive group for women and women-identifying key creative - providing a safe space for women of color, LGBTQ, gender non-binary individuals, women with disabilities, mothers, and other diverse voices who need amplification, community, resources, and support within our cultural cinematic landscape.
FilmNorth’s mission is to empower artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance The North as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers. They support this mission by nurturing a vibrant, diverse community of film and media artists; providing education and resources at every stage of their careers; and celebrating those achievements.
HUMANITAS is a non-profit organization that honors and empowers film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way which brings the global community closer. The overarching goal of HUMANITAS is to promote peace and love in the human family–one story at a time.
Independent Film Project
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the largest and longest running not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. IFP continues to champion the future of storytelling by connecting artists across various media disciplines with essential resources at all stages of their career and projects’ development. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent creative community, represents a growing network of storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 fiction and nonfiction works each year.IFP creates exciting and inclusive opportunities for new and established voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, and sexual perspectives.
NY Women Women in Film & Television
New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. 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 brings together nearly 2,500 women and men working both above and below the line. NYWIFT is part of a network of 50 women in film chapters worldwide, representing more than 15,000 members. NYWIFT 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.
The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. We seek leverage to achieve “a whole lot of good” from our investment of time and resources. We respect the individual and the power of community. Individually and collectively, we embrace a profound sense of responsibility. We are disciplined, rigorous, and hopeful. Inspired by the social entrepreneurs we serve, we challenge ourselves to innovate as well.
STORYHIVE has funded productions, supported filmmakers with mentorship and support from the National Screen Institute and brought hundreds of films to life online and around the world. STORYHIVE is dedicated to creating and amplifying local stories and voices. Creators and community members based in BC and Alberta are invited to submit their completed projects, including single programs and series, to be featured on TELUS Optik TV™ On Demand through the Community Showcase program.
Corporate Partners & Sponsors
Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. They give everyone — from emerging artists to global brands — everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences. They are focused on education, sustainability and serving their communities, and are committed to creating meaningful social change.
Since 1960, Backstage has served as the #1 resource for actors and performers to find work while helping talent-seekers move their projects forward. Our 100,000+ members represent a powerful network of entertainment professionals who leverage our unlimited submissions, best-in-class casting tools, and more performance roles than any other casting service. Our experienced casting team individually reviews each and every notice submitted to our platform, ensuring that our actors only submit to legitimate opportunities. We keep our suite of casting tools consistently up-to-date to provide a platform that is easy-to-use and innovative to ensure that we remain the top choice for casting professionals and independent filmmakers to find talent.
Final Draft was co-founded in 1990 by Marc Madnick and Ben Cahan, who recognized that Hollywood lacked a word-processor capable of automatically formatting a script to the entertainment industry’s stringent standards. This led to the creation of Final Draft, a fully dedicated screenwriting software application that automatically formats your script to Hollywood’s industry standards. Soon after its inception, Final Draft screenwriting software became the entertainment industry standard for screenwriting and the market leader among its competitors worldwide.
Storyblaster is the all-in-one social media solution for crowdfunding, fundraising, audience building, and selling products & services online. Based on data from tens of thousands of campaigns and all their associated social posts, and created by award-winning storytellers, Storyblaster provides template-based guidance to tell the story of your campaign, as well as One-Click Paid Promotion to get contributions from within your own network, as well as a whole new pool of backers outside your own network.
With thousands of productions served with every scale of production — from shorts to features to series work — StudioBinder makes it effortless to stay on top of projects. Getting ahead of schedule is possible with a dedicated video project management solution. StudioBinder is a support to make production workflows more efficient, eliminate repetitive data entry and elevate shoots.
Tongal is on a mission to democratize the creative economy and bring the world’s creative work to the world’s creative talent. A studio on demand powered by a global creative community, Tongal connects entertainment companies and brands with up-and-coming talent to develop video content for every distribution channel imaginable via its proprietary tech platform.