Getting a break in the film and video business can be an uphill struggle, and for women trying to make a mark in the industry, it can be even more difficult. Fortunately, there are a growing number of initiatives aimed at fixing that, and our friends at KitSplit are now spearheading one of their own.
Their free Coaching for Women in Film platform connects aspiring film and video professionals with industry experts for one-on-one telephone mentoring sessions. The process is extremely simple: just visit the program’s website, browse through available mentors and click to book a time to chat with the mentor of your choice.
Coaches taking part in the program come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, including directors, producers, editors, programmers, and executives, so there are plenty of options to choose from, depending on your chosen career path and goals.
“In my film festival career there were a few women in leadership positions, but looking back, they were the ones who gave me the boost and opportunities when they saw I could do the job,” explains Vicci Ho, one of the coaches and a former festival programmer. “This is an opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned with other women and do what so many women did for me.”
Another coach, VR/360 director Amelia Winger-Bearskin, adds, “As a woman in film, I’m acutely aware that it can be hard to find mentors and gain access generally, and I’m really excited to give back and be a part of this project.”
Learn more and sign up for your free mentorship today at womeninfilm.kitsplit.com.