Special thanks go to our generous sponsors for supporting storytellers of color.
The SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Grant program is the largest granting body for independent narrative feature films in the US. Grants support films that address social justice issues—the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges—in a positive and meaningful way through plot, character, theme or setting.
The program is open to filmmakers in the US and internationally who can commit to spending time developing the work in San Francisco. Priority is given to Bay Area / SF-based filmmakers. SFFILM is committed to and excited about supporting a wide range of perspectives and believe that filmmakers' racial, ethnic and gender identities are fundamental to those perspectives.
In addition to the cash grants, recipients receive various benefits through SFFILM's comprehensive and dynamic artist development programs, including a 6-month residency at FilmHouse.
Since 2009, the SFFILM Rainin Grants program has funded more than 100 film projects, including: Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You, Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men, Jeremiah Zagar's We the Animals, Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$, Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, Chloé Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.
AIR celebrates its 30th anniversary year with a growing network of mission-focused talent integral to public broadcasting and America’s growing podcasting and streaming audio industry. The nearly 1,400 journalists, podcasters, documentarians, technicians, and media entrepreneurs forming AIR’s creative community span 46 states and 30 countries worldwide. AIR’s recruitment and mentoring programs and its national productions enrich and expand the ecosystem where storymakers create work that brings hope and enlightenment, with the power to embolden and unify. Visit us: www.airmedia.org
UNHEARD LA + KPCC In PERSON
KPCC In Person, the events and engagement platform for NPR affiliate KPCC, Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), produces the community-driven storytelling series “Unheard L.A.” This project puts community voices and stories center stage in a series of free live shows in different venues around the sprawling and too-often disconnected greater Los Angeles area. Each show is unique and features a distinct lineup of real people sharing personal and authentic accounts as a way to explore the complexity, diversity and nuance of the region. As an organization, SCPR is committed to better reflecting the people and communities of Southern California through its in-depth public service journalism. “Unheard L.A.” echoes SCPR’s mission to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite our diverse communities by serving as a catalyst for connection for those that call Southern California home.
Women in Media is a student group at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. The group acts as a space where women-identifying, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming people can come together to learn from and support one another in their gendered experiences in the industry. WIM has held several events aimed at tackling issues facing its members, such as: a "Sexism on Set" panel, "Safety in the Field" discussion, and "Women in Radio" roundtable event. Last year, WIM also attended a RAM Self Defense Training, and other events in the Bay Area. WIM’s focus this year is on professional development for its members, and the organization is working to develop partnerships and affiliations with other local women-centered media organizations.
Hirah Media was founded to ensure the perspectives, stories, and values of women, people of color, LGBTQ community members, immigrants, and people of different abilities, cultures, ethnicities, and privileges are heard.
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