The Middle East Film Initiative (MEFI), based in New York City, was launched by Ruth Priscilla Kirstein in 2013. The MEFI conducts
- interdisciplinary training
- curriculum development
with the purpose of promoting diversity, and creating equal employment opportunities in US film, TV and new media for local media and entertainment professionals of Middle Eastern descent, or working on topics of importance to local Middle Eastern communities.
The MEFI community serves those involved in the making and life of film, TV and new media, such as actors, writers, composers, designers, technicians, producers, journalists, academics, casting directors, agents, distributors and policy makers. The MEFI offers an ongoing forum to connect the mainstream with the independent film market, and artists with their audiences. The group is particularly attentive to the role women play both behind and in front of the camera, and aims to diversify the representation of women in film, TV and new media.
Through training sessions and research, the MEFI reaches communities where they are, far from high-cost, seasonal and often mission based events presented by established organizations. Momentum grows as participants follow the project and meet more participants with similar interests from other backgrounds.
The Middle East Film Initiative (MEFI) provides interdisciplinary training, as well as an ongoing forum to connect the mainstream with the independent film market, with the purpose of building audiences and creating opportunities for local entertainment and media professionals.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Sep. 11, 2015