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.
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.
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.
Despite recent strides in making Hollywood films more inclusive to female filmmakers, the 2020 Golden Globe awards saw an almost complete snub of women directors, writers, and female-led films among their nominees. We asked some of our SHIFT Creative Fund grant winners and finalists to speak out about why it's so important to support the creative efforts of women in this male-dominated industry, especially in roles of power and influence behind the camera.
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.