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Filmmaker Training

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

QWOCMAP: Film & Freedom Academy - San Francisco

Filmmaker Training Program

Participants immerse themselves in all aspects of the filmmaking process — from initial story development all the way to screening their completed films at our annual San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival.

Throughout training, participants engage with award-winning curriculum, work hands-on with professional equipment, and receive close mentorship from filmmakers.

With a solid foundation of technical and artistic skills, participants emerge with vast potential to further their art, build their careers, and enrich our communities.

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


We reach beyond the Bay Area to help future filmmakers in places like the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico. We reach communities of other languages as well, teaching in Spanish for participants in Tijuana, Mexico. The Film and Freedom Academy is our opportunity to partner with organizations across the U.S. and around the world as we add to complex representation of our communities in film.

Learning Circles (must attend all dates)

12 hours of community educational training facilitated by SFWAR around sexual violence & QTWOC using anti-oppression framework

Tuesday, November 8th – 5:30-8:30pm

Thursday, November 10th – 5:30-8:30pm

Saturday, November 12th – 10am-4pm

To register please email aliciamaldonado@sfwar.org or sandrasandoval@sfwar.org

Please Note: To be eligible for the Filmmaking Workshop, you need to complete the Learning Circles.

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Film & Freedom Academy Filmmaking Workshop (must attend all dates)

4 days of intensive filmmaking training facilitated by QWOCMAP. Films premiere at the Queer Women of Color Film Festival.

Friday, November 18th – 6-10pm

Saturday, November 19th – 10am-7pm

Sunday, November 20th – 10am-7pm

Monday, November 21st – 12pm-7pm

An amazing 5 days. Thank you for the experience! See you in June!

Online University

So much gratitude for you..this was an incredible experience. You are changing the lives of many women and communities. I appreciate your patience, commitment and creative support.

Online University

Participants are supported with online resources, including instructional videos and materials developed in-house at QWOCMAP, interactive tutorials, lesson plans, and our filmmaker handbook.

We make these resources available to participants during our Filmmaker Training Program and into their ongoing work as filmmakers.

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You can donate to make this open-source, mobile optimized online course management system available to more filmmakers.


Thank you for the honor of working with all of the folks who make making films that tell our stories so much fun and a great learning (spiritually and literally) experience. Proud to be part of the QWOCMAP family.

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