Writers Resources

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AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association): Mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.

African American Women in Cinema: African American Women in Cinema is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support minority women filmmakers by providing resources in the film industry.

ABFF (American Black Film Festival): The American Black Film Festival is the premier international marketplace for films that showcase the best new work by and about people of African descent. Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry by strengthening the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.

American Indian Film Institute: The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans. Today, AIFI is the major Native American media and cultural arts presenter in California and its festival is the world’s oldest and most recognized international film exposition dedicated to Native American cinematic accomplishment.

American Women in Radio & Television: American Women in Radio and Television is a national, non-profit organization that extends membership to qualified professionals in the electronic media and allied fields. AWRT’s mission is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry.

Asian American International Film Festival: Asian CineVision is a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Asian and Asian American media expressions by helping to develop and support both emerging and experienced Asian American film and video makers and other media artists working in a range of genres and styles; and helping to ensure that the full spectrum of Asian and Asian American media works reach diverse audiences in Asian American communities and beyond.

BlackFilm.com: BlackFilm.com is an online resource which links the Black film community while cultivating national and international audiences interested in their work. The site provides a forum for filmmakers, scholars and organizations to present information and promote artistic expression.

Black Hollywood Education Resources Center: The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, a nonprofit, public benefit organization, is designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, and the future, of blacks in the film and television industries.

Boston Underground Film Festival: The Boston Underground Film Festival is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative, and experimental filmmaking. By featuring work that pushes the envelope in form, style, and content, B.U.F.F seeks to be a platform for the screening of new work and a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences.

Cine Women New York: We are a grassroots, volunteer-run organization whose mission is to support the work and advancement of women in the film and television industries.

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment: CAPE is dedicated to advancing diversity and creating social change by actively developing, promoting and positioning Asian Pacific Americans for key artistic and leadership roles in the entertainment industry and media arts.

dvRepublic: DVRepublic.org exists as a self-validating, self-supporting online community of “citizens” who monitor the intersection of media, technology, and social justice. As informed citizens, we engage in active online discussion in the “public square” of the DV Republic liberated zone. DV Republic uses the Internet and New Media technology to connect this community and host the BFF Lab which develops and promotes digital filmmaking and interactive new media that is socially concerned, entertainment driven.
We regard the Internet as the liberated zone of the 21st century and the home of our DV Republic. “DV” stands for “digital video” and “dissident voices”.

Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media: The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation’s program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the five-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of fulltime employment upon completion of their college degrees.

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) – Media training services: GLAAD’s media training curricula cover a broad range of media skills, from the basics of strategizing your own media plan, to improving your media skills, to monitoring your local media.

International Women’s Writing Guild: The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio.

ITVS: The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings to local, national and international audiences high-quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent producers. ITVS programs take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. ITVS programming reflects voices and visions of underrepresented communities and addresses the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.

Latino Public Broadcasting: Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans

MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans): is part of the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition and Asian Pacific American Media Coalition which regularly meets with the top four television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) to encourage diversity in their programming. The organization also serves to support, encourage, and promote, Asian Pacific American talent in both the media and the arts, and advocate their increased employment in these fields.

Media Access: The Media Access Office was established in 1980 by the California Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and entertainment and media industry professionals. They recognized the need to provide a liaison between performers with disabilities and the media and entertainment industry.

MOST: (Muslims On Screen and Television): A resource center that provides research, data and expert consultations, free of charge, for Television, Film and New Media Writers and Producers on any character or storyline pertaining to Muslims and Islam.

NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists): NABJ, the nation’s largest organization of journalists of color, was founded by 44 men and women on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C.

NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists): The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.

NAJA (Native American Journalists Association): The oldest and largest international organization for indigenous journalists.

NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers): (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. NALIP is the first such effort aimed at Latino production in thirty years, and it is the first to last more than one year and to provide ongoing support for the Latino independent film and video makers.

NAPT (Native American Public Telecommunications): Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) supports the creation, promotion and distribution of Native public media.

NLGJA (The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association): Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students that works within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.

NBPC (National Black Programming Consortium): NBPC funds, commissions, acquires and awards grants to producers and directors of quality films and video projects that reflect African Americans and the African Diaspora.

New York Asian Film Festival – aka “Subway Cinema”: Subway Cinema is the premier launching pad for Asian films in New York City. A film programming, exhibition, and marketing collective founded in 1999, Subway Cinema is committed to increasing exposure and appreciation for Asia’s popular cinema, which has traditionally been overlooked by American film distribution.

New York International Latino Film Festival: The NYILFF’s mission is to showcase the works of the hottest emerging Latino filmmaking talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community. Programming includes the flagship film festival in NYC, new music and art showcases, family and community events, scholarships for aspiring filmmakers, and a nationally recognized short film competition in partnership with HBO.

NewFest: As New York City’s premier LGBT film organization, NewFest empowers, educates, entertains, and provokes the culturally rich and diverse communities of the greater metropolitan region. Through our annual film festival and year-round programming, NewFest showcases international, US, and local film, video, and other media, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.

New York Women in Film & Television: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women’s rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources.

Nosotros: The organization was founded in 1970 by Ricardo Montalbán and was formed to help fulfill the goals of persons of Spanish-speaking origin in the motion picture and television industry. The organization continues to provide training, employment advocacy and to improve the image of people of Spanish-speaking origin as they are portrayed on screen.

Organization of Black Screenwriters: The Organization of Black Screenwriters, Inc. (OBS) began in 1986 to address the lack of black writers represented within the entertainment industry. Our primary function is to assist screenwriters in the creation of works for film and television and to help them present their work to the industry.

Pacific Islanders in Communications: The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.

UNITY: Journalists of Color: UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. is a strategic alliance advocating fair and accurate news coverage about people of color, and aggressively challenging the industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the nation’s diversity.

Visual Communications: The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.

Women in Film: Women in Film’s purpose is to EMPOWER, promote and mentor women in the entertainment and media industries. WIF recognizes the importance of developing pathways and opportunities to encourage current and future generations of women to explore and pursue careers in all fields of the entertainment industry.

Women Make Movies: Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.

Writers Guild Foundation & Shavelson-Webb Library: The WGF is a 501 (c) 3 charitable and educational organization, closely associated with the Writers Guild of America West, whose mission is to preserve and promote excellence in writing and to advance the recognition of the writer’s unique contribution to the art of film and television. In addition to the Library, the WGF has educational outreach programs and screenwriting events including Writers on Writing, an ongoing interview series with writers; two major award nominee panels, Sublime Primetime (Emmy’s) and Beyond Words (Academy Awards); craft days with workshops, screenings and established writers as speakers; and special events, including the Living Legends Festival, which includes screening and Q&A with screenwriters of classic films.