SIFTMedia 215

Black & Latinx Women Filmmakers Collective of Philadelphia

Who are we?

The SIFTMedia 215 Collective is a cooperative that centers Black and Latinx women-identified independent media artists who work in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. As filmmakers, we seek to educate ourselves and the wider community by creating socially conscious, culturally relevant work that challenges mainstream narratives and structures. Our mission is to use our collective strength to amplify the work of and create meaningful opportunities for Black and Latinx Women content creators by providing a community of support to share resources, skills, and creative space. 

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COVID1619 Project will  expose the fissures in American society. We can not go back to business as usual. We must confront head on the impact of the dual pandemics of system racism and COVID-19. Our goal is to create content that will aid our communities in dealing with the trauma of COVID-19 by focusing on the invisible and forgotten. The short films are produced by independent filmmakers who are members of SIFTMedia 215. They retain copyright and editorial control of their work. 

We are making several short 2 to 8 minute films on issues of mental illness, immigration, inequities in healthcare, education disparities and cultural preservation. The films can be shown together in a PBS station’s half-hour block, or as separate interstitials between programs or online

We received seed funding from Independence Public Media Foundation while partnering with HipCinema Labs. We seek additional funding via Fractured Atlas to provide filmmakers with online editing, professional sound mix, content advisors and research assistance, Spanish language translation, closed captioning, color correction, promotion and project launch. 

How can we support?

We are always looking to collaborate and support other Black and Latinx women in film! If you are interesting in being an ally, please contact us or make a donation.