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Advancing Diversity in the Massachusetts Film & Television Industry- TBD 2020

The Advancing diversity in the Massachusetts Film &Television Industry PA Workshop TBD- 2020

The Massachusetts Conference for Women – provides one full day of connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year.

American Indian Film Festival – showcases feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos, and public service works of and about (USA) Native American and Canada First Nations peoples. (Extended Deadline: July 31, 2020)

Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) – the first and longest-running festival in the U.S. to showcase for the best in independent Asian and Asian American cinema. (Apply by: Deadline passed)

American Black Film Festival (ABFF) – an annual event dedicated to recognizing black talent and showcasing quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. (Apply by: Deadline passed)

Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) – non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural understanding among peoples of African descent. PAFF is dedicated to racial tolerance through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

Urbanworld Film Festival – five-day festival, which curates a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. Anchored by inclusive content, showcasing narrative and documentary features, short films, web originals, music videos, spotlight screenings, and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings, one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind.

Writing

Nickanimation.com -Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers. (Apply by: July 1, 2020)

National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Scriptwriter’s Program – designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air in an effort to ensure the Latinx community is fairly represented and heard throughout every form of print and mass media. (Apply By: July 20, 2020)

The Black List & Women in Film Episodic Lab – invites six to eight promising non–professional television writers who identify as women to participate in weekly programs that will consist of script development, peer workshopping sessions and Master Classes with established writers and industry executives. Lab participants will have their final pilots read by agencies and networks. (Apply by May 22, 2020)

CAPE New Writers Fellowship – discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film (Apply by: Deadline passed)

Tribeca All Access – Tribeca Film Institute’s flagship program for scripted and documentary storytellers from systematically excluded communities.(Apply by: Deadline passed)

Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab – supports five to six female screenwriters in developing their projects over a weeklong residency. Held at a Hedgebrook’s retreat on Whidbey Island in Washington, the program aims to support the creative process of a diverse group of screenwriters each year, and build a community that harnesses the power of film as a storytelling medium to change the cultural conversation.

Macro – Episodic Lab – MACRO and the Black List offer writers of color the opportunity to develop and produce an original digital or television pilot script. Our mission is to discover and empower episodic storytellers with the proper creative tools, resources, and access needed to help launch their careers. (TBD if still running)

Directing

Disney/ABC Directing Program – two-year professional directing program, which spans two television seasons. The primary goal of this program is to afford Program Directors access to develop relationships with WDT executives and productions. (Apply by: TBD)

Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program – provides access and exposure for highly qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds to television episodic directing. (Apply by: TBD)

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) –  the longest-running program dedicated to supporting women and gender nonbinary narrative directors. Committed to providing opportunities for marginalized genders, DWW annually mentors eight filmmakers through the production cycle of a short film, providing hands-on instruction with classes led by industry experts. (Apply by: Deadline passed)

Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator – a brand-new opportunity for up to six (6) directors from underrepresented backgrounds to present diverse perspectives, through the production of original, live-action shorts for the proposed initial exhibition on the upcoming streaming service, Disney+. (Apply by: Deadline passed)

Association of Independent Commercial Producers Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP) – created to effect change and increase the representation of minority and women directors specializing in commercials and marketing communications. CDDP is a 6-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking, shadowing, a $15k grant to make a spec commercial, and an industry showcase to share the work. (Apply by: Deadline passed)

Acting/Performance

Walt Disney Television Casting Project – identifies/develops culturally and ethnically diverse talent and actors with disabilities by hosting a talent showcase each year in New York and Los Angeles. (Appy by: TBD)

StandUp NBC – a nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key players at NBCUniversal and throughout the industry. (Apply by: Auditions held in different cities, check website)

The Bob Curry Fellowship Program at The Second City – ten-week master program offers up to 16 fellowships to qualifying actors and improvisers from diverse multicultural backgrounds to train and study at The Second City Chicago, Hollywood and Toronto.

Casting Society of America – open calls throughout the year for actors of various diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Multi-Faceted Initiatives

VIACOM – Diversity Institute, offers a wide array of opportunities designed to bring more diversity into the creative process, in front of and behind the camera.

Sundance Diversity Initiative –  encompasses efforts in all programs of the organization to reach into new communities of storytellers and audiences across regions, genres, ethnicities, gender and orientation.

NBCUniversal Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives  – diverse talent pipeline programs that identify and engage creative talent from a wide array of backgrounds. The programs cover a range of positions, including directors, writers, actors, music composers, and journalists.

Warner Brothers Television Workshop – directing and writing workshop programs designed to start and further careers in television.

HBO Access – provides mentorship, guidance and education for creative minds from diverse backgrounds.

NBCUniversal Female Forward – new initiative that forges a path for female scripted series directors.

Producers Guild of America (PGA) Power of Diversity Producers Workshop – an eight-week intensive program that trains you as a creative producer to take a project from script through distribution on multiple platforms. 

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