Our commitment to inclusion

The film industry has never been a very representative place. While progress has been made to include underrepresented and marginalized groups both in front of and behind the camera, we still have a long way to go.

In an effort to amplify the voices of marginalized communities, the Shift Creative Fund is committed to the following:

30% of Funding to Filmmakers of Color

We commit 30% of our grant funding pool to filmmakers of color. Our grant pool is a variable amount depending on donations, grant awards, and sponsorships each year. Whatever our funding pool is, 30% of those awards will go directly to underrepresented creatives each year. 

Inclusion Riders for All Productions

All grant-winning filmmakers are required to sign inclusion riders which commit to at least 15% representation of filmmakers of color both in front of and behind the camera. 


Applicant Statistics

The first step to a more diverse and inclusive winner’s circle is a more diverse and inclusive applicant pool. We work with our outreach partners each year to bring the Shift Creative Fund to a wide audience of filmmakers. The data below represents the demographic information of our 2019 applicant pool, which we will continue to track each year. We are committed to reaching a diverse and representative audience in our outreach, and reflecting that diversity in our winner’s circle. 

Outreach Partners

Black Public Media
Alliance of Women Directors
Latino Filmmakers
National Association of Latino Independent Producers
Women Make Movies
Black Women Directors