Sonja Mereu created the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festiva to help storytellers premiere their voice without judgment and stereotypes.
John Oursler is the senior associate director of development at The School of the Arts at Columbia University.
The founder and executive director of Female Voices Rock scaled the mountainous task of starting and running a film festival…and in just two short years it’s become one of the Top 100 Film Festivals in the World.
Carrie Gergely is the interim managing director at The Groundlings Theatre and School
Meet Makiko James, director of programs at Women in Film (WIF)
We’re partnering with champions of diversity and inclusion who feel, as we do, that film is a lens to recognizing the dignity of others.
Our support will take several forms: We’re establishing financial grants with organizations such as Outfest’s Screenwriting Lab , Women in Film, and The Groundlings; we’re providing resources to film festivals like the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival; and we’re using our network to support the activities of organizations that open doors for underrepresented storytellers.
If you are a festival director or part of an organization that supports BIPOC, emerging, LGBTQ, women, or underrepresented filmmakers, we’d like to hear from you.
We’re forming 25 companies for free every year for underrepresented storytellers. And free means free — we’ll pay the filing fees and we will customize the corporate documents, just like we do for all of our paying clients.
To be considered for a free corporation (1) you need to have a trailer and show you are serious about your project, (2) you need to have an accountant, (3) you must live in California, New York, or Texas, and (4) we’d ask that you tell your audience about our offer so we can help other filmmakers for free.