Watch In Color is an initiative that celebrates the diversity of American filmmaking talent and strives to create new opportunities for minority filmmakers. For too long, what Americans have seen on screen has not adequately reflected what they see in their own lives. It is time for more diversity in film, and we want you to help us make a difference by sending a message to your member of Congress. Share your story below.
Tell Congress we must make the film industry more diverse! You can make a difference by taking action and sending out a quick video or message to your member of Congress explaining why diversity in film matters to you. Your message will then be sent directly to your members of Congress.
Once you’ve created your video or written message, share it on social media using the hashtag #WatchInColor!
Thank you Debra Martin Chase for watching in color with us! View her message and then show your support by taking action above.
It’s time we make a change within the film industry, and your video will help pave the way!
Almost 40 percent of Americans come from minority groups – but this isn’t reflected in Hollywood.
Minorities are underrepresented in feature films by 3:1 in leading roles, 3:1 in directors and 5:1 in writers. Diversity is good for film, as it makes the industry more equitable and opens up more doors of opportunity for work. And it’s good for audiences too: more diversity in film means more diverse storytelling, and will give more of us the chance to see ourselves and our experiences on screen.
Short films do much better than feature films. The Oscar nominated short film categories in 2016 had more ethnic minority nominees than all of the other major categories combined for feature films.
ShortsTV is the world’s leading short movie channel, and we believe that if we are going to change the film industry, it has to start in short films, which are the most important and accessible source of new talent for the film and TV industries. We’re launching #WatchInColor to help get more minority filmmakers on-set, on-air and on-screen. We’re doing this by supporting, celebrating and investing in more diverse film opportunities that give emerging talent from minority backgrounds an opportunity to a build a career in TV and in film. It’s that simple.