The Queen Collective—a program developed in partnership with Procter & Gamble, Queen Latifah, and Tribeca Studios—aims to accelerate gender and racial equality behind the camera by opening doors to the next generation of multicultural women directors through mentorship, production support, and distribution opportunities. In its third year, the Queen Collective is highlighting early career filmmakers Tina Charles, Haimy Assefa, Cai Thomas, and Arielle Knight, who directed four original documentaries. These documentaries made their debut at the 2021 Tribeca Festival in June.
The Queen Collective is the signature initiative in P&G’s Widen The Screen program, which aims to address the systemic bias and inequality in advertising and media.
The Queen Collective creates access and opportunity for women filmmakers of color to tell their stories.
TACKLING BARRIERS FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS OF COLOR
To consistently Widen the Screen by telling honest and accurate stories about women, especially Black women, we must have
real diversity in all parts of the filmmaking process. But the number of women filmmakers of color remains unacceptably low.¹
Since its launch in 2019, the Queen Collective has tackled the well-known barriers for women filmmakers of color—access and opportunity.
ACCELERATING PROGRESS AND REPRESENTATION
It matters who works behind the camera. Directors are decision-makers who build crews and talent rosters. When a Black woman directs a film, there is a higher percentage of speaking characters who are Black girls/women.² Women filmmakers of color share stories that align with their experiences. These diverse stories deserve to be told.
EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN FILMMAKERS
Now in its third year, the Queen Collective aims to accelerate gender and racial equality by opening doors through mentorship and backing the next generation of multicultural women filmmakers. These voices are crucial in diversifying the film industry through their unique perspectives.
MEET THE FILMMAKERS
QUEEN COLLECTIVE PROGRAM
Building on the success of previous Queen Collective alumni, Procter & Gamble, Queen Latifah with Flavor Unit Entertainment, and Tribeca Studios selected four filmmakers to participate in the program, each with an incredibly powerful story to tell: Tina Charles, Haimy Assefa, Cai Thomas, and Arielle Knight.
Through mentorship, production support, and distribution opportunities, the Queen Collective helps these Black creators navigate the often one-dimensional world of the industry.
PROVIDE MENTORSHIP & SUPPORT PRODUCTION
Throughout the duration of the program, the filmmakers have received invaluable mentorship support from industry experts, including Queen Latifah and P&G’s Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard, on the topics of development and production, finance, budgeting and legal, distribution and marketing, press and media training, and brand and agency opportunities.
With the support and tools of this program, we hope every filmmaker feels better prepared to join the ranks of other Black directors and advocate for greater diversity both in the pipeline and on the screen.
Each film was financed by Procter & Gamble and produced by Tribeca Studios.
It’s vital that we use our reach and influence to enable these incredible stories to be heard. Having BET as a distribution partner is essential to elevating the conversation by sharing stories that are changing the lives of multicultural women. (Tune in on June 19 to watch all four documentaries!)
OUR BRAND PARTNERS
The Queen Collective would not be possible without our brand partners.
Tribeca Studios has a long history of supporting underrepresented storytellers with unique and diverse perspectives. Tribeca provides industry expertise and
support for emerging directors from beginning to end.
For the Queen Collective, Tribeca Studios taps its
vast network of outstanding next-generation filmmakers
and invites women directors of color to submit a treatment
for an original short documentary that focuses on a
social issue and inspires social change.
WATCH THESE FILMS FROM THE QUEEN COLLECTIVE LIBRARY
1. Out of 1,477 directors, only 8 were Black or African American women directors. Annenberg study
2. 21.9% of all speaking characters were Black girls/women when the top leadership job was held by Black directors. only 4.4% of girls and women on screen were Black in films with directors from other racial/ethnic groups. USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Inequality in 1300 Popular Films, September 2020, pg.4