In May 2015, The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation launched its new flagship programme, Arab Women Filmmakers, to achieve greater representation of women, particularly Arab women, in the film industry.
The objective of the Arab Women Filmmakers programme is for like-minded individuals and organizations to collaborate with MSFF and attain more diversity within the film industry.
The first signature initiative is a partnership with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT), one of the world’s most prominent academic institutions for entertainment and performing arts education. Together they have created the Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund that includes three new four-year full-ride graduate scholarships for UCLA TFT’s Master of Fine Arts in Directing designed “to give voice to the unique perspective of Arab women.” The Hani Farsi Graduate Scholarship Fund recipients will begin their M.F.A. graduate program at UCLA TFT starting in Fall 2015.
The programme will continue to evolve and grow over the coming months so please check back regularly for updates.