The film industry has never been a very representative place. While strides have been made to include underrepresented and marginalized groups both in front of and behind the camera, we still have a long way to go. According to a recent study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, only 36.3 percent of characters appearing in the top films of 2018 came from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. This is an increase over the last ten years, but many films still feature no underrepresented speaking characters at all. The same study showed that almost no progress has been made for female characters with speaking roles over the last ten years. The SHIFT Creative Fund is committed to supporting as diverse a group of filmmakers as possible to improve these statistics. We’ve engaged with filmmaking groups nationwide that support and facilitate the voices of underrepresented filmmakers. Our relationship with these organizations allows us to reach a wide and diverse audience, and we’ve carried these values over onto our reading team and judging panel too. Help us meet our goals and share this page and news about the Creative Fund with groups or filmmakers you believe would benefit.