The Erika Film Foundation (EFF) was founded to help aspiring filmmakers from under-represented communities by providing them with the education, tools and networks needed to pursue successful careers in the film industry.


EFF's partnership with GFS started in 2015, with the creation of the Iris In program. The mentorship program is open to all GFS students and has become the hallmark program of the Erika Film Foundation.

The program provides students with hands-on workshops, one-on-one mentoring, unique field trips and presentations by notable keynote speakers.


The foundation also places students in paid internship positions in the industry to give them on-the-job experience.


To date, EFF has provided more than 50 students in Los Angeles and New York City with the skills needed to thrive in the film industry.

In 2019 EFF announced a new annual grant program that will provide one talented Iris In student or alum with $500,000 to make their first feature film. The Foundation will give other Iris In students the opportunity to work on the production and will provide on-set mentorship during the filmmaking process. 


In November 2019, EFF announced the Erika Film Foundation International Thesis Project partnership with GFS, providing students the opportunity to create two thesis films. This project marks the 6th consecutive year that EFF has partnered with GFS in their mission to educate and empower young filmmakers.

EFF is proud of its on-going partnership with GFS to create meaningful opportunities for young adults through hands-on mentoring, internship opportunities, filmmaking grants and an active, growing network that connects students with experienced industry professionals. One of the main goals of EFF, Iris In, and the International Thesis Project is to give young filmmakers real world filmmaking knowledge and experience. It brings me great pride that, together, we are making a difference in the lives of future filmmakers who will go on to change the industry for the better. 

Erika Olde

Founder, Erika Film Foundation


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