Reel Equity: Tell the entertainment industry that you support members of historically female crafts in their demand for Pay Equity by signing your name to this Open Letter to the Entertainment Industry.
Film Registry: The Library of Congress accepts 2019 recommendations from the general public for its National Film Registry via their online form through September 15th. To date, over 700 films have been selected to the Registry. Only approximately 40 of these films on the list are women directed works (seven of which were preserved by our Women’s Film Preservation Fund). Public recommendations play a key role in the their final selection, so every vote counts. Please consider nominating a film by a woman – our Women’s Film Preservation Fund has some suggestions, including Deborah Shaffer’s The Wobblies (1979)!
Good News: A new DGA study has found that the pool of first-time episodic TV directors “is more inclusive than ever,” with women and minorities seeing dramatic employment gains and setting record highs for the second year in a row. This is good news, but not perfect – women need a representation of more than 50% to get true equality.
Production Designer Hannah Beachler created the iconic looks of "Creed," "Moonlight," and Beyonce's "Lemonade" before taking on the fictional world of Wakanda in "Black Panther," which won her a 2019 Academy Award. She is the first-ever African American - male or female - to take home that honor.READ MORE
Joi McMillon made Oscar history in 2018 when she became the first African American woman nominated for Best Achievement in Film Editing for Moonlight. But the road to the Oscars wasn’t straight or smooth.READ MORE
NY Women: Congratulations to the NYWIFT members selected to receive some of the first round of grants in the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment and Media’s...READ MORE
Is true gender parity in film on the horizon? Women in Film & Television International (WIFTI) hopes so. NYWIFT member filmmaker/journalist/actress Heidi Philipsen attended the 2019 Berlinale International Film Festival, where the 10% for 50/50 gender parity initiative was introduced. Philipsen spoke with longtime member Adriana Shaw, who also attended the fest, about what this could mean for the future of our industry.READ MORE