Partner News 6/08/2022

Posted by on June 09, 2022

See what our partners are up to this week!

Warner Brothers Discovery Access Comedic Voices Program

Applications are open for the 2022 Warner Brothers Discovery Access Comedic Voices Program! The program is a weeklong boot camp for identifying and developing fresh talent for late-night and unscripted content. 

Read more here.

Click here to apply.

HBO Documentary Films and The Gotham Present a New Documentary Development Initiative

The Documentary Development Initiative is a new partnership between The Gotham and HBO Documentary Films. The program is created for storytellers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or storytellers with disabilities. The program’s intent is to provide resources to develop thought-provoking, character-driven contemporary ideas for documentary films and limited series.

Through this initiative, up to 10 selected filmmakers will be given grants of $50,000 for research and creative development at an early stage. HBO and The Gotham will provide resources and mentorship to support the development of documentary projects. Initial funding may be used for creative development and ideation, research, treatment development, securing access, initial shooting and the production of work samples, trailers, etc.

A grant from the fund would usually be the “first money in” from an outside source, though in some cases it could be a supplement to another initial small grant. The opportunity will exist for select grantees to receive follow-up grants for additional development. Grantees will also be paired with an established documentary filmmaker who will serve as their mentor for the duration of the program.

Ideas generated through the initiative will be offered to HBO on a “first-look” basis, giving HBO the first opportunity to make an offer to develop them further. Funding for this grant is sponsored by HBO Documentary Films, OneFifty, and WBD Access.

Click here for more info and to apply! The deadline is Jul. 26.

GLAAD VIDEO INTERVIEW: The cast of "Fire Island," on queer joy, deconstructing masculinity, and more.


GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos interviews the cast of the new (and groundbreaking) gay rom-com, “Fire Island” which features Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, Conrad Ricamora, and Margaret Cho. The cast discuss queer joy, the films impact on representation, and working with an all queer cast. Watch the full interview here

Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) Film Grants

Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is excited to share that the 2022 ISF Film Grant application is now live!

Apply now through June 17, 2022, to the ISF Film Grant or ISF Distribution Grant. ISF Film Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and support the production of narrative and documentary films. Distribution Grants range up to $5,000 to increase the reach of films through festival sales or sales agent distribution funds.

To learn more about the process, click here.

Firelight Media Accepting Applications for Documentary Lab

Firelight Media is accepting applications for the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers in the U.S. from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities directing their first or second feature-length documentary project. Apply by June 13th. Click here to learn more.

PGA's Produced By Conference

Learn the in’s and out’s of producing for film, TV, and digital media. Attend the Produced By Conference presented by the Producers Guild of America, June 11 - 12, 2022 at Fox Studio Lot. Featuring two days of panels, sessions and workshops led by the best and brightest from Hollywood’s diverse and accomplished creative community. Loads of networking opportunities. Mentor roundtables hosted by senior film, TV and digital media producers. And THE pitch program to end all pitch programs! With an A-list roster of speakers representing a diverse cross section of talent, executives and studio heads. Click here for more information.