Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is a private, nonprofit corporation designed to encourage the creation and understanding of media and still photography for noncommercial artistic and literary purposes. To this end, Filmmakers offers a curriculum of courses in film, video, and photography production and theory through several colleges and universities as well as to independent students in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Filmmakers is a non-degree granting, accredited institutional member of National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD). It also exhibits the work of prominent photographers and filmmakers in its Melwood Screening Room, Regent Square Theater and Harris Theater. Filmmakers provides equipment access and funding for media artists.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers and its sister organization, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, are committed to the artist and the advancement of artistic excellence in visual arts – specifically film, digital video, photography, media, and fine and creative arts and crafts; the provision of equipment and facilities for artists; the conduct of instructional programs; and the stimulation of public understanding and awareness through exhibitions, demonstrations, and sales.