Women in Media invites all of its members to participate in the CAMERAderie Initiative—a platform to support the emerging voices, creative talents, and untapped potential of female filmmakers.  All experience levels are welcomed. Through the CAMERAderie Initiative, our community will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, networking, mentorship, and professional development via production of three short films this summer, culminating in a black carpet reception and screening of the three Finalist films in October.

Resources – check back for updates

Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro and Pocket 4K cameras

Sigma spherical lenses

Atlas anamorphic lenses

Tiffen diffusion, filters, and Lowell lights

Cinelease 3 ton grip and electric package + truck

Sound stage



Effie T. Brown, Producer: Dear White People, Real Women Have Curves, In The Cut

Allison Vanore, Producer and Daytime Emmy Winner: After Forever

Jeff Vespa, Director, Producer, Celebrity Photographer: Paris Song, $ellebrity

Colin Trevorrow, Writer/Director: Jurassic World One, Two, and Three, Safety Not Guaranteed

Alan Caso, Cinematographer: Six Feet Under, Roswell New Mexico, The Americans

Sandra Valde Hansen, Cinematographer: Now Apocalypse, The L Word reboot

Johnny Simmons, Cinematographer: Dog With A Blog, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn.

Barbara Dunphy, Production Designer: Reindeer Games, Monk, Dick

Tema Staig, Production Designer/Art Director: Kissing Jessica Stein, Happy Hour

Germaine Franco, Composer: Coco, Tag, Little, Dora The Explorer

Alan Derian, Composer: Madame Secretary, Years of Living Dangerously

Kathryn Bostic, Composer: Dear White People, Clemency, Middle Of Nowhere

Bobbi Banks, Post Production Sound/Dialogue Editor: Men In Black International, Straight Outta Compton, Selma

Phil Linson, ADR/Sound/Editor: Tombstone, Gas, Food, Lodging, The Runner, The Santa Clause

Sara Glaser, Sound mixer/Utility Sound: Rim Of The World, Westworld, Feud, Grey’s Anatomy

Linda Di Franco, Sound Effects/ADR/Foley/Editor: Wedding Crashers, Bruce Almighty, Ultimate Beast Master, Star Trek :First Contact

Professional Development

Mary Lou Belli (Director NCIS, Station 19, Bull) will be conducting her three hour Working With Actors Intensive!

Eligible Projects

From May 20th through June 3rd, 2019, the CAMERAderie Initiative will accept script submissions from Women in Media members.  Submissions may be no longer than ten pages and must be capable of being shot in Los Angeles over two days’ time in July.  Post production will take place throughout August and September.


The Panels are comprised of over 20 professional filmmakers, educators, feature and television screenwriters from across the country.  When evaluating submissions, the Judges Panel will be focused on the following criteria: story, originality, protagonist, dialogue and producibility.  The Finalist Round of the competition will include an in-person or virtual interview with some, or all, of our Judges Panel.

Script Finalist Judges

  • Effie T. Brown (Producer of Dear White People, Real Women Have Curves, and In the Cut)
  • Mitchell Block (Emmy & Oscar Award Nominated Producer of Poster Girl)
  • Kimberly Browning (Founder/Festival Director of Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Steve Kaplan (Creator of HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program)
  • Kim Magnusson (Two time Oscar-winning Producer of Best Live Action Shorts Helium and Valgafen)
  • Judalina Neira (Writer/Producer on The Flash)
  • Michael Slade (Multi Emmy Award-winning Co-Writer/Co-Creator of After Forever, Writer on One Life to Live)
  • Cynthia Graner (Producer) Stranded in Paradise, Leaving Barstow, Seattle Road, and Deadgirl

Three Finalist Films

Authors of winning submissions will be notified by Women in Media.  Industry mentors will guide three Finalists through the preproduction process with the goals of raising production value and steering the Finalists toward shooting an independent feature or TV series.  All Finalists will be provided with selected gear and instruction on best practices directly from the manufacturer through a series of workshops and facility tours. All Finalists will also enjoy consultations with a festival strategist.

One Grand Prize Winning Production

The best short will be awarded valuable prizes to get their feature project off the ground, thanks to our generous sponsors.

Cinelease three-ton Grip Package + truck (18 day loan)

Sigma spherical lenses (18 day loan)

Atlas anamorphic lenses (18 day loan)

Three Prize Winning Cinematographers

Best Cinematographer – Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2 + DaVinci Resolve Studio

Two Runners Up – Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks + DaVinci Resolve Studio


Watch this space and sign up for the newsletter as we add information and prizes to the CAMERAderie Initiative.

Upcoming CAMERAderie Events

June 14th 5:30 – 9:PM Networking, Nibbles, and Speed Dating – only accepting potential crew at this time RSVP here https://womennmedia.com/event/cameraderie-speed-dating/

June 23rd Genre Brunch – All are welcome

June 24th “Directing Actors” Intensive with Mary Lou Belli – invitation only

June 29th Orientation – invitation only

Crew Call

CAMERAderie crew members will gain valuable professional development, vendor tours, and networking opportunities. In many cases, there will be mentorship as well. All crew positions are encouraged to apply.  Apply to our crew call here.

Apply For Membership

Apply to join us this summer as above or below the line crew for our CAMERAderie Initiative + the many benefits of membership.  Apply here.