The Athena Movie Competition (AFF) is becoming a member of forces with Disney Studios Content material to increase its Inventive Improvement Program, which awards over $50,000 yearly to underrepresented filmmakers. A press launch has introduced that the Disney Athena Listing Improvement Grant will launch in time for the fest’s subsequent version, to be held March 2-5 at Barnard Faculty in New York Metropolis.
The brand new grant shall be given to an underrepresented author/director of an Athena Listing winner or finalist. Now accepting submissions, the Listing is an annual script competitors that selects distinctive scripts with ladies leaders on the coronary heart of their tales. Its aim is is to lift the profile of the scripts and the writers throughout the business, with the aim of getting these films made and elevating careers to the subsequent degree.
So as to be eligible for the Disney Athena Listing Improvement Grant, “the author/director have to be an rising characteristic filmmaker who identifies as a girl or as non-binary and is from a historically underrepresented neighborhood in movie,” the press launch particulars. “Examples of underrepresented communities embrace however are usually not restricted to individuals of coloration, the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood, individuals with disabilities, older ladies filmmakers, filmmakers of their second or third profession, and others.”
“That is an thrilling new addition to AFF’s present improvement grants, which embrace the Breakthrough Award sponsored by Netflix, the Chinonye Chukwu Rising Author Award sponsored by Christine A. Schantz, and the Alfred P. Sloan Athena Listing Improvement Grant,” stated AFF co-founder and Inventive Director and Girls and Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein. “We’re thrilled to proceed awarding funds to filmmakers who’ve historically been excluded from business alternatives and who’re engaged on initiatives centering ladies’s management.”
“For Disney Studios Content material, this grant builds on our dedication to bolstering illustration in entrance of and behind the digicam,” added Mahin Ibrahim, Director of Illustration & Inclusion, Inventive Expertise Pathways. “We’re excited to work with AFF to amplify storytelling from ladies and non-binary author/administrators.”