CAMERAderie Initiative


The CAMERAderie Initiative is a platform to support the emerging voices, creative talents, and untapped potential of women, women-identifying, and gender non-conforming filmmakers. Women in Media invites VIP and Student Members of all experience levels to participate. Through Women In Media’s CAMERAderie Initiative, our community has the opportunity to gain experience and support through networking, mentorship, and professional development. The program spans development through completion but may take place in stages.

2020/21 Initiative – Click below for more info:

2020/21 Initiative – Click below for more info:

2019 Initiative – Click the logo below for more info:


Mary Lou BelliAllan CasoEffie T. BrownGermaine Franco
Bobbi BanksQuyen TranKimberley BrowningEvan Schiff


A major component of this initiative is pairing participating Members with seasoned professionals in all departments whenever possible. Past mentors include  Effie T. Brown (Producer: Dear White People), Mary Lou Belli (Director: NCIS), Colin Trevorrow (Writer/Director: Jurassic World One, Two, and Three), Quyen Tran (Cinematographer: Palm Springs), Evan Schiff (Editor: John Wick 2 and 3), Germaine Franco (Composer: Little, and Vida), Kimberley Browning (Producer: Hollywood Shorts, HBO Access) and Bobbi Banks (Post Production Sound/Dialogue Editor: Selma). View our growing list of 2021 mentors here.

Professional Development

Throughout the initiative, Women in Media hosts numerous workshops, hands-on training, panel discussions, and critique sessions in order for participants to sharpen their skills and perfect their craft.  We pick scripts that act as a conduit for the shooting of high production value short films and provide educational support through post production and festival/distribution.

The Goal

The goal of this initiative is not just to develop or produce a short film, but to enhance production value, increase skills, build experience and relationships, and guide WiM Members through this process and beyond. Our prizes are built around the idea that WiM Members will continue their journey beyond this project and onto their feature film. Past Grand Prizes include the following free 18-day rental: three-ton Grip Package + truck rental, 15 walkie talkies with surveillance kits, a set of spherical lenses, and a set of anamorphic lenses. We gave away five cameras to the cinematographers, as well as sound gear and lighting.

Support the CAMERAderie Initiative

CAMERAderie is supported by the generosity of our vendor partners

If you or your company would like to come on board as a Sponsor please contact us.

Apply For Membership

In order to take part in CAMERAderie, you must be a WiM VIP or Student Member. Apply to join us for our CAMERAderie Initiative along with the many benefits of the Women in Media annual membership.  Apply here.

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