Disney Launchpad Season 3 Deadline EXTENDED!

Disney Launchpad Season 3 applications are extended through

June 9, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PDT!

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A live-action shorts program from The Walt Disney Studios

About the Program

With a focus on building a more inclusive entertainment industry, Disney is looking for experienced writers and/or directors from underrepresented backgrounds or those with unique perspectives to produce a short film for the Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator program.

As part of Disney Launchpad, writers and/or directors will be paired with Disney creative executives who will serve as mentors as they embark on a training program centered on creative collaboration within the Disney Studio system. Under the purview of the Disney Launchpad Producer, three (3) writers and/or directors will work to deliver three (3) live-action short films for possible exhibition on Disney+.

Select shorts may be considered for further feature-length or episodic development, based on the short’s quality, performance on the platform, future arcs, and other factors, though future development is not guaranteed.

Launchpad is a minimum twelve (12) month program that will include the following (please note that timeframes and program parameters are subject to change):

  • Three (3) months of script development and professional development classes, specifically designed to strengthen professional and storytelling skills.
  • Classes for the writers and/or directors led by educational partner, the American Film Institute (AFI), as well as The Walt Disney Studios, held once or twice per week on the Disney studio lot in Burbank, California from 6:30-10 p.m. PT. Please note: these classes are mandatory for directors.
  • The production schedule will include up to eight (8) weeks of pre-production, four (4) weeks of principal photography, and up to twelve (12) weeks of post-production. Please note: program timelines are subject to change.



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