QWOCMAP: Film & Freedom Academy - San Francisco

An amazing 4 days. Thank you for the experience! See you in June!

Filmmaking Workshop: Fall 2021

This November, QWOCMAP will conduct a FREE in-person filmmaking workshop for LBTQ+ BIPOC youth ages 18-24 at our space in the Presidio.


DEADLINE: Thursday, October 14, 2021

Who is the workshop for?

This Film & Freedom Academy workshop is offered to LBTQ+ BIPOC youth who are:

African Descent/Black; Native American; First Nations & Indigenous; Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander; Southwest Asian, Middle Eastern, Arab, North African, South Asian; Asian, Southeast Asian, Central Asian; Latinx, including indígena and afrodescendiente; and multi-ethnic lesbian, bisexual women, queer women of color (both cisgender & transgender), Two Spirit, intersex, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color (of any orientation) between the ages of 18 and 24 years old.

What is the workshop about?

In 4 days, you will learn to create, write, direct, and edit a short film, under 5 minutes. This FREE intensive workshop demystifies filmmaking through hands-on exercises and interactive technical lectures in a highly creative, collaborative, and supportive environment. Each film project will be paired with a Film Mentor for support and coaching for the duration of the workshop. The entire process makes filmmaking completely doable and FUN!

Your film will then world premiere in June 2022 at QWOCMAP’s 18th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival.

When is the workshop?

You must be able to attend ALL 4 sessions IN-PERSON if you are accepted into this workshop.

Session 1: Thursday, November 11, 10am-5pm
Session 2: Friday, November 12, 10am-5pm
Session 3: Saturday, November 13, 10am-5pm
Session 4: Sunday, November 14, 10am-5pm

Thursday, November 11 is a federal holiday.

On Sunday, you will edit and complete your film. Please be prepared to work past 5pm if necessary. The more time you can dedicate to editing, the more successful you will be!

After the workshop, we strongly recommend that participants take a day off to rest and recover.

Where is the workshop?

This IN-PERSON 4-day, intensive filmmaking workshop will take place at QWOCMAP’s space in the San Francisco Presidio.

Address: 1014 Torney Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

There is a free PresidiGo shuttle from Embarcadero BART in San Francisco. There are other public transportation options and ample parking.


Youth participants will receive a $500 stipend for on time arrival for each workshop session, full attendance at each workshop session, and completion of film by the end of the workshop process.

COVID-19 Safety

QWOCMAP will observe strict COVID-19 protocols and follow Guidance and Health Orders provided by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

All participants, their cast and crew, and QWOCMAP staff, Mentors, crisis counselors, and ASL interpreters are required to:

1) Provide proof of full vaccination

• A photo of your vaccination card (front and back); OR

• A screenshot of your personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record

2)  Wear masks during the workshop

QWOCMAP will implement contact tracing and provide air filtration and ventilation, masks, and disinfecting supplies during the workshop.

Should there be smoke from wildfires, there are air scrubbers that will run in the building.

Access Information

Please let us know your access needs in the registration form, including food allergies, so that we can better accommodate you.

ASL interpretation will be provided for participants who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

Crisis Counselors
Crisis counselors will be available for the duration of the workshop to provide support for participants who experience intense emotions as they learn and create. There are also quiet areas and comfortable spaces in the venue to reduce sensory stimulation.

The entire venue, including restrooms, is ADA compliant and accessible for wheelchairs.

Bathrooms and other amenities require a little walking.

There are standard and big & tall rolling office chairs, as well as folding chairs without arms.

Fragrance Free
QWOCMAP asks that all participants come fragrance free. We provide fragrance free hand soap and low-scent markers, and we make black & white copies of printed materials for participants. However, while we can open windows and run air filters in the workshop space, the entire venue is not fragrance free.

QWOCMAP will provide individually packaged boxed meals and snacks with as much variety of vegan and vegetarian options and as few allergens as possible.

There are a number of indoor and outdoor locations where participants will be able to safely unmask to eat their meals.

Service Animals
QWOCMAP is not able to accommodate service animals for this workshop.

QWOCMAP is not able to safely provide childcare for this workshop.

Thank you for your dedication, your commitment to faithfully recording the thoughts, visions and voices of queer women of color.

Filmmaker Training Program

Our Filmmaker Training Program demystifies filmmaking and gives you the tools to create your own film. We provide professional training, coaching, equipment for shared use, and learning resources, all free of charge.

QWOCMAP disrupts the current film landscape by developing richer, authentic, and more complex representations of our community on screen and behind the camera. We provide the equipment, the support, and the intensive, professional training that make it possible for our participants to take control of their creative vision. Our program is free because film is the most expensive art form in the world. And in the fight for social justice, stories by, for, and about queer women of color, both cisgender and transgender, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color of any orientation, need to be seen, heard, and shared.

Waiting List

If this timing or workshop isn’t the right one for you, fret not! Sign up on the waiting list, and you’ll be the first to get registration information for future workshops.

I want to thank you again, for allowing me to be a part of something so very special (and very important). I have walked away inspired and more confident than I have felt in a long while. You have given me more than you know. I already have plans for upcoming projects and am eager to share things I have learned with other queer women of color who have interest in the power of film. —QWOCMAP Filmmaker

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