Pilot program offers education, one-on-one mentorships, and pathways to production for BIPOC and people from underrepresented communities.


This year Washington Filmworks will pilot a Media Mentorship Program designed to better support BIPOC and people from underrepresented communities by helping them gain access to opportunities in the statewide film industry. In its inaugural year, Washington Filmworks will partner with Northwest Film Forum and the Spokane Film Project to recruit the 8 program participants. Washington Filmworks will also work with our union partners at I.A.T.S.E. Local 488 to identify a diverse group of mentors to assist participants both on and off professional film sets.


How the Program Works
Program participants will attend an educational intensive program taught by industry professionals, where they will learn about Washington’s film industry and the basics of working as a production assistant. After successful completion of the educational intensive, each participant will be paired with an off-site mentor who will answer questions and help make connections in the industry.
Participants will also have an opportunity to be hired as a production assistant on projects approved for funding assistance by Washington Filmworks. If hired, Washington Filmworks will cover the wages and fringe for the production assistant. Washington Filmworks will also work with our partners at I.A.T.S.E. Local 488 to identify an on-site mentor so that the participant can connect with the mentor on set should they have questions.


You can find out more about the program on the Washington Filmworks website here.


Interested in Being a Program Participant?
Reach out to our Program Partners directly!



Note of Thanks

Thank you to the Film Leadership Council for helping to develop the program and the Washington Filmworks Board of Directors for continuing to expand the opportunities that our organization provides.