Creative Cypher, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is a conclave of content creators come together to champion diversity in the film industry by making it more accessible to independent artists. The Cypher has cultivated a network of tech savvy multicultural millennials and Gen Xers who produce high-quality content and events. What’s more, we provide a stage where diverse professionals can showcase their work, gain resources for project development and distribution, as well as education and mentor-ship. In 2017, the Cypher launches its new incubator program to take artists projects from concept to distribution. Through leadership and advocacy, we intend to show that diversifying the film-making workforce is not only the right thing to do but a business imperative. Founded in Chicago, Creative Cypher has expanded services to Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Within the first two years, we’ve brought together more 1500 artists, 100-plus companies, and have multiple projects in production, including more than 30 competing for our incubator program. We have successfully piloted educational programs, including the White House initiative “Call to Arts” presented at Sundance Film Festival with the Hollywood Reporter, and hosted some of the best events showcasing Chicago’s diverse artistic talent. With a network of hundreds of content creators and partnerships that include Donda’s House, SAG/AFTRA, Stage18, Free Spirit Media and Blue 1647, the Creative Cypher is changing the future of the film industry.