The mission of Community Film Workshop of Chicago (CFWC) is to provide media arts education and production that supports the development of digital media artists in underserved and under-represented communities. CFWC’s programs in film, video, digital media and design are increase access and equity in media, give people of color, youth and women the tools to transform their communities.


Artistic Philosophy


CFWC teaching philosophy is rooted in the practice of the artist mentor who listens questions, molds, affirms and charges artists to be their best. Media artists are encouraged to find their authentic voice. It is the artists’ changed view that helps create a changed community. CFWC’s core values of respect for the culture, the people and the art are then passed to the next generation. CFWC strongly advocates for first voice media that reflects the concerns of that group and encourages cross-cultural collaboration on projects.



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