Partner News 02/2/22

Posted by on January 31, 2022

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Deadline to Submit Documentary Features and Series in Development: February 22

PGA Create is an immersive lab for creative producers from underrepresented backgrounds. Launched by the Producers Guild in Fall 2021 with lead sponsorship support of Google, the program is for emerging and mid-career creative producers in active development, financing or packaging of a feature or series. Participants will have opportunities to hone their project pitches, attend master classes with experienced producers and build their network of fellow producers. Documentary cycle submissions now open.

For eligibility and to apply:

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Is Now Accepting Applications!

Newly Redesigned Fellowship Program Provides Mentorship for Assistant, Associate, and Emerging Documentary Film Editors from Underrepresented Backgrounds and Experiences 

Open call for submissions begins FEBRUARY 1, 2022

Received-by application deadline is MARCH 20, 2022

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is a year-long group mentorship program for documentary assistants, associates and emerging editors from historically underrepresented backgrounds and experiences. Our mission is to cultivate the careers of an inclusive group of emerging and aspiring documentary film editors through mentorship to help them grow as artists and build their community. By investing in editors, we affirm and strengthen the critical role editors play in documentary storytelling.  Applicants must be based in the U.S., reside there September 2022 – September 2023, have at least two credits as an assistant, associate, additional, co-editor or editor on a feature documentary (but no more than three credits as a co-editor or editor), and come from historically underrepresented backgrounds and experiences including those facing discrimination or barriers due to race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomics, immigration, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Deadline is Sunday, March 20, 2022. Vist for more details. 

MPA Names Kathy Bañuelos New Top State Government Lobbyist, Vans Stevenson To Serve As Senior Adviser

The Motion Picture Association has named Kathy Bañuelos as senior vice president of state government affairs, as Vans Stevenson moves to a senior adviser role. Bañuelos previously was vice president, government affairs for NBCUniversal for the past 11 years. She represented the company on issues like taxes, intellectual property, land use, and labor and employment agreements. Bañuelos will start on March 21 and be based in Los Angeles. She and Stevenson will report to Patrick Kilcur, the MPA’s executive vice president of U.S. government affairs.

Read more here.

Disney General Entertainment Selects 12 Participants for its 2022 Writing Program

Disney General Entertainment

Disney General Entertainment has selected 12 participants for its 32nd annual Writing Program. The one-year initiative offers upcoming writers the chance at staff writing assignments on a DGE series. Selected participants are also provided with mentorship, professional development opportunities, and access to DGE’s network of executives, producers, showrunners, and alumni.

“The flagship Writing Program is one of the critical ways CTDI connects creative talent to opportunities across Disney and continues to fuel our company’s staffing pipeline specifically for emerging, diverse TV writers. We look forward to seeing this cohort shape the next generation of producers and showrunners,” said Tim McNeal, senior vice president of Disney’s CTDI team. 

Read more here.

I Am… Film Series—Catch the Fair One and Post-Screening Conversation

FILM at LACMA presents classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences, emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs, and conversations with artists and special guests.

This winter, LACMA presents a series of films by award-winning and emerging Latin American and BIPOC filmmakers who approach their subjects through the eye of the “other” with curiosity, empathy, and respect. The series will explore overlapping themes prevalent in both the U.S. and Latin America, bringing together Latin American and BIPOC filmmakers to find a point of convergence. Each screening will be followed by a curated conversation with the filmmaker, creating a dialogue that offers overlapping yet unique cultural perspectives about the topics of the films. Curated by Vanessa Perez, the series aims to celebrate cultural diversity and emerging filmmakers, while showing we are all interconnected.

The online screening window is February 10th starting at 7:00 PM- February 13, RSVP by February 9th.


Emergence Magazine and IF/Then Shorts

Emergence Magazine and IF/Then Shorts, an initiative of Field of Vision, launch the inaugural SHIFTING LANDSCAPES - Emergence Magazine x IF/Then Shorts Lab. Marking the first partnership between IF/Then Shorts and Emergence Magazine, this lab celebrates storytellers and stories that explore these widespread shifts in movement from both human and nonhuman perspectives, and on both human and nonhuman timescales. Selected short documentary films will receive $25,000 in grant support, individual project mentorship, and career advancing public activations to assist in the completion and distribution of high profile projects, as well as a secondary distribution window with Emergence Magazine.


What is the deadline? February 15, 2022 (11:59PM PST)

Where to apply? 

  • What types of films can apply? SHIFTING LANDSCAPES - Emergence Magazine x IF/Then Shorts Lab is open to original, stand-alone documentary shorts in production. This opportunity will be open to individuals with genuine connection to and credibility within the communities they depict on-screen telling place-specific, community conscious stories of migration.
  • Who can apply? The application is open globally, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+ folks, recent immigrants, undocumented persons, persons with a disability, and/or women. We welcome applicants regardless of immigration status, including applicants who are born abroad and are not U.S. citizens or U.S. legal permanent residents.

What is the prize? The selected three short documentary films will receive $25,000 in grant support, individual project mentorship, and career advancing public activations to assist in the completion and distribution of high profile projects, as well as a secondary distribution window with Emergence Magazine.

Gold House Names Future Gold Fellowship Filmmaker Recipients

Lloyd Lee Choi, Erin Lau, and Derek Nguyen were named as the recipients of the Future Gold Film Fellowship, a program designed to elevate three Asian and Pacific Islander directors that’s supported by Netflix, Gold HouseandTribeca Studios. Through the program, the directors will create scripted short films that explore the complexities of family love, persistence, and loss through their own artistic visions. 

Read more here.

‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ Becomes First Disney Song to Top Billboard Hot 100 in 29 Years

Courtesy of Disney

“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” the surprise hit off the “Encanto” soundtrack, has become the first song from a Disney movie to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” did it in 1993.

Read more here.

Save the Date! Hollywood Creative Forum April 26-27

 Mark Your Calendar - The Hollywood Creative Forum Returns to LA!
April 26 - 27, 2022 - The London Hotel
Produced by the Walter Kaitz Foundation, The Hollywood Creative Forum is a professional development and networking experience designed to connect diverse creatives and content creators with network and studio development executives.

Join them this April as we explore this year’s theme—The Art of the Possible.  We'll focus on the power of creatives to disrupt and change authentic representation and storytelling.  The concept of possibility examines the intersection of diversity, opportunity, and access which enhances the creation of content that speaks to diverse audiences.

This year's Hollywood Creative Forum will mark our return to an in-person event and will also include a virtual component.

Watch Your Favorite Shows On The Big Screen at #PaleyFest LA

This spring, the Paley Center for Media is hosting screenings of your favorite TV shows like “This Is Us”, “Emily in Paris”, “Black-lish”, “Better Call Saul” and more at the #PaleyFest LA. We are excited to announce that NALIPsters get a 10% discount when you use our special code PFNALIP22. Tickets for #PaleyFest LA is on sale now! Don’t miss the hottest tv experience of the year.

Get tix before they sell out

Pantaya, Mexico’s Corazon Films Seal Original Series Production Partnership (EXCLUSIVE)

Pantaya has signed a multiyear production partnership with Mexico’s Corazón Films, producer and co-creator of smash hit “El Juego de las Llaves” and the anticipated “Mi Tío,” starring José Eduardo Dérbez and Ariadne Díaz. The new production partnership now builds on the Pantaya-Corazón Films relationship, seeing Corazón committing to produce premium original series exclusively for the streamer. 

Read more here.

ISA Diversity Initiative

The International Screenwriter's Association is seeking writers with unique perspectives! The ISA's Diversity Initiative strives to elevate writers from underrepresented communities. 3 exceptional writers will receive acceptance onto their Development Slate. Free to apply through 3/17!

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2022 WGA Awards Nominations: ‘CODA’, ‘Don’t Look Up’ and ‘Dune’ Contending in the Screenplay Categories

The Writers Guild of America Awards announced its 2022 nominations, where huge boosts were given to films such as “Being the Ricardos,” “Don’t Look Up,” “The French Dispatch,” “King Richard” and “Licorice Pizza” in the original screenplay. The adapted screenplay includes “CODA,” “Dune,” “Nightmare Alley,” “Tick, Tick … Boom!” and “West Side Story.

The full list of nominations is here.

The Muslim House at Sundance Film Festival 2022

Watch Here

The Muslim House hosted two Muslim House panels in partnership with Black Women Animate and the Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) at the  Sundance Film Festival 2022. If you missed the panels,  Watch Here!