Who can become a member of Film Powered?
There are many organizations for new filmmakers. This is not that place. Film Powered is for mid-career women and higher. Women who sign up for Film Powered must be verified members of another qualifying group or a nominee of an Emmy or Academy Award. This ensures a level of professionalism for the entire Film Powered community.
Current qualifying groups include: Alliance for Women Film Composers, Alliance of Women Directors, American Cinema Editors, Film Fatales, HollywoodWEST, Sisterhood of the Traveling Producers, CSA, DGA, DGC, WGA, PGA, ICG, ADG, International Collective of Female Cinematographers, Film Independent Fellows, Cinefemme, Female Film Programmers Network members or women executive level members of WIFLA. You may also join if you are a woman who is a member of Local 800 or Local 892 or client of Abrams, APA, CAA, Gersh, ICM, Innovative, Paradigm, UTA or WME, if you have been nominated for an Emmy or Oscar or if you are an Executive (CE or above) at any company rated on IMDBPro 5,000 or above. SAG-AFTRA women are welcome if their credits meet certain requirements.
This list is always updated and the most complete list can be found when creating a new account.
Our Diversity is Our Strength
Many film groups look a lot more homogenous than our general population, let’s not let that happen with Film Powered. Please help make sure Film Powered is as wonderfully diverse as our wide world. Reach out to and invite women of color, those with disabilities, all sexualities, etc. Film Powered is a place for the beautiful vastness and variety of all people identifying as women.
But I'm a member of some other group or guild not listed above. Why isn't it included?
Please understand that unless the group or guild provides a publicly searchable membership database Film Powered cannot offer membership to an organization unless that organziation participates with Film Powered. If your group, guild or union is not mentioned above it could be that we have reached out and they have not responded. If you would like your organization to offer Film Powered to it's women members please have their membership coordinator contact Film Powered or suggest through the contact form that we reach out to them.
I love this site but I'm a dude. What the heck?
We're glad you love this site because this site loves dudes. And we'd love for you to get involved. Post a job and hire one of our brilliant, professional, skilled women members. Tell the women in the industry that you love about this site. Support the women in this industry by using your voice, your skills and your power to make sure whatever you're doing is fair for all genders. If you're feeling flush, you can donate to this site at the bottom of this page. Or reach out via our contact page to make a tax deductible donation and sponsor a class that might require a bit of funding.
Finally, we want you to know that we understand that this business is hard for everyone. We hope you'll understand that we have some specific issues that we need to address in a space created just for us. Thank you for your support.
Wait, I'm confused. How exactly do these credits work?
Upon joining Film Powered you are automatically given 2 credits. Attending a class costs 1 credit. Attending a social event costs no credits. The moment you sign up for a class a credit is deducted from your account and it is non-refundable.
You earn credits by offering something back to the community. If you offer a class or social event that at least 5 people attend you earn 2 credits. If you offer a class or event that at least 10 people attend you earn 5 credits. If you offer a class and cancel it at any time you will lose 2 credits. If a class is automatically cancelled due to not meeting capacity, this occurs 3 days prior to the scheduled class if the class has not reached capacity, no credits are deducted from the teacher and students who signed up will have their credit reimbursed.
You can also earn one credit by referring a new member or posting a job.
About those credits again, I've run out, how do I get more?
Although everything is free on Film Powered, in order to get something here you must contribute to the community in some way. You can gain credits by offering a class or a social event, by posting a job or by referring new members. When the new member is approved, if they mentioned you as the person who referred them on their application form you will be credited one credit per new approved member.
I signed up for a class but haven't received any details. What do I do?
Every instructor organizes and runs their own class. If you have questions about a specific class please contact the instructor of that class. Log in, click on the class, click on the instructor and select "contact".
I've created a class for a very big group of people and a lot have rsvp'd but not enough to meet capacity. I don't want it to be cancelled. What can I do?
Don't worry. So long as your class has more than five people who have rsvp'd three days in advance you may adjust the total available capacity (to add or remove spots if you'd like) and proceed with the class. Should the total rsvp's fall below five attendees the class will be automatically cancelled. At that point you are welcome to hold the class on your own with the few people who rsvp'd but it will not affect anyone's credit balances.
What class subjects can be offered?
Anything! Good questions to ask are... Has the subject or skill contributed to your career, finances, health or happiness? What do you know now that you wish you knew earlier?
Some ideas: pitching a series to network, software, gear, contract negotiation, casting strategy, self distribution, dealing with studios, reality tv sizzle creation, short film festival submissions, yoga, vegan baking, a group hike, whatever! Everyone knows something share worthy. Be creative!
How long should a class be?
Plan your class to be no less than two hours and no more than four.
May I charge a fee for my class?
Not using this site, no. There are many other places to do that. This is not one of them.
How are classes approved?
They are not. The group will naturally tell you if it wants your class because if not enough people sign up three days prior the class will automatically be cancelled. Classes are offered and taken by individuals. The site neither endorses nor censors any subject or teacher.
I love this site! How can I support it?
The best way to support this site is to use it to be successful in your life & career. Offer a class and take a class. After that, please spread the word.
Finally, if you're feeling extra-supportive please feel free to contribute financially below. This site took some dough and some hours to create so anything would be appreciated. This site is not registered as a 501(c)3 so your "donation" would not be considered a charitable contribution but as a payment for classes.