The Middle East Film Initiative (MEFI) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization based in New York City. The first organization of its kind in the U.S., MEFI was launched by Ruth Priscilla Kirstein in 2013. MEFI conducts
- interdisciplinary training
- curriculum development
- project development
with the purpose of promoting diversity and creating equal employment opportunities in United States film, TV and new media. It advocates for U.S. media and entertainment professionals who are of Middle Eastern descent or are working on topics of importance to local Middle Eastern communities.
The MEFI community serves those involved in the making and life of film, TV and new media, such as actors, writers, directors, composers, designers, technicians, producers, journalists, academics, casting directors, agents, distributors, policy makers, and audiences. The group is particularly attentive to the role women play both behind and in front of the camera, and aims to diversify the representation of women in film, TV and new media. MEFI is non-political, non-religious, and has no affiliations with organizations based abroad.
The New York City-based Middle East Film Initiative (MEFI) conducts interdisciplinary training, project development, consulting, research, outreach, and advocacy, with the purpose of promoting diversity and creating equal employment opportunities for United States media and entertainment professionals.
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