Education for Filmmakers

Artists for Change aims to encourage filmmakers to think about the content they put out into the world.

Here are our past and upcoming educational events!


Artists for Change will be hosting a screening with the Southeast Community Foundation in Los Angeles along with a conversation on child trafficking. The date is TBA. In the meantime, please RSVP at


Artists for Change joins the Emergence program partners to give advice and mentorship. Emergence is a group of entertainment industry companies who are keen to serve the cause of diversity in Hollywood.  We intend to expand our support to various emerging diverse filmmaker demographics, providing (free-of-charge) many of the resources a filmmaker needs to shoot their picture.  But the first half of 2018 is all about women!

Five female filmmakers selected in 2017 will be entering production on their short films with Emergence support in 2018.

Emergence Partners

Artists for Change – The Camera Division – Chapman Leonard – Cinelease – Conshimfee – Easter Costume – Eastern Costume – Hottrax Inc – Hurling Design – Hurling Studios – Litegear – Mercury Pictures – Seed & Spark

Emergence 2018 Applications

Still not open. Submission process to reopen in Summer 2018 and will be announced here.

Emergence Recipients from 2017

Connie –

Brandi –

Foster –

Carla –

Artists For Change partnered with The Camera Division for an educational event to help guide filmmakers in social messaging through film to raise awareness and encourage conversation on sex trafficking that took place in North Hollywood, CA.

Filmmakers from various filmmaking groups including Alliance of Women Directors and individuals interested in learning more about social issues attended the panel.

Filmmaker and Artist For Change board member Julia Verdin screened her short film, “Lost Girls” followed by a Q&A from the audience and a discussion on the issue. This included encouraging attendees to donate to other non-profit organizations working in the field, being active in supporting prevention bills, discussing ways of reporting any suspicious activities in our communities, and spreading encouraging words to others to be more vigilante and active to fight sex trafficking.

A seminar was also given by Julia Verdin on issues to consider when making a social issue film. She discussed her process on “Lost Girls” by giving tips on social message filmmaking and how to engage target audience effectively.  She also talked about her research prior to making the film and collaboration with other non-profit organizations fighting against human trafficking.

The event was also attended by board members Gary Dartnall and Halil Sevis.