Partner News 6/16/2022

Posted by on June 17, 2022

This week, we are thrilled to include some fantastic opportunities offered by our partners. Catch up on the latest here!

The Latinx House, Sundance Institute, Netflix, and Shondaland Announce Inaugural Cohort for Adelante Directors Fellowship

Courtesy of the Sundance Institute


This past Monday, the Latinx House, the Sundance Institute's Women at Sundance program, Netflix, and Shondaland announced three Latina directors who will participate in the Adelante Director's Fellowship. Through this immersive program, the Latina directors will shadow an episode of a series, be provided a grant for six weeks while shadowing, and convene for a two-day orientation program in Los Angeles guided by various executives, directors, and showrunners.



Read more here.


For more information on the fellows, click here



NYWIFT 2022 Finance Institute


Courtesy of New York Women in Film & Television


Join New York Women in Film & Television for the NYWIFT 2022 Finance Institute June 22-24, a
three-part series to refine your business strategies.


Gain fresh insights from some of today’s leading experts in the industry and position your projects for
optimum success. Hear from industry professionals who have successfully funded their projects,
incorporated their businesses, and even learn about how to file taxes under your new business. During
this three-part finance institute, panelists will provide insider perspectives and frank advice on what it
takes to get your business started.


For NYWIFT Members: $20 per day; or $50 for a 3-day package
For Non-members: $40 per day; or $100 for a 3-day package

Use discount code NYWIFTFRIENDS50 for 50% off the 3-Day Pass!


Become a member today to receive discounted access: email [email protected] to join!


Click here to register!

Roy W. Dean Film Grant


Courtesy of From The Heart Productions


Indie filmmakers have just until June 30th to submit their projects to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Summer 2022.  Awarded to a film that is unique and that makes a contribution to society, the grant includes $3,500 cash and thousands more in donated film production services and products to help filmmakers complete their film.

From the Heart Productions, the 501(c)3 top-rated non-profit which has sponsored the grant since 1993, will also offer the Britt Penrod Award of $500 to an applicant with a film that makes an exceptional contribution to society.

Open to documentaries, narrative features, short films and web series, the grant seeks films budgeted at $500,000 or less.  Films can be at any stage of production.  Students are welcome to apply.

The donated services the grant winner receives includes $500 in grip, lighting, or expendables from Filmtools,  a $1,295.00 Scholarship to Writers Boot Camp, 6 month membership to Documentors with full access to fund raising materials, discounted sound mix from Jeff Alan at Alan Audio Works,  and more from many heartfelt donors.


Every Filmmaker Gets Help for Their Project by Just Applying


Since its inception, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant has offered something for applicants that is itself unique for a grant.  Every filmmaker that applies for the grant has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their submission.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors or investors, market their film, and more. 

More information on the grant can be found at

For any questions, please email [email protected] or call 805-984-0098.



Click here to apply!





Eva Longoria, Charles D. King Creating Diverse Crew Members Database For Studios – Produced By

Courtesy of Deadline



After being faced with opposition from studios for not being able to find diverse crew members, producers Eva Longoria and Charles D. King take it upon themselves “to do the work” and create a “database of diverse talent they can present to studios.” 




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Julie Andrews Receives AFI Life Achievement Award In Evening That Was Pretty ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’


Courtesy of AFI



The 50th AFI Life Achievement Awards honored the legendary Julie Andrews the only way the former Queen of Genovia should, with eloquence and style. The night was filled with Andrew’s most iconic roles, recounted through old friends, peers, and admirers.


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GLAAD Praises Inclusive Broadway Season And Tony Awards

Courtesy Deadline



The 75th annual Tony Awards has received much praise for its dedication and honor to the LGBTQ community. With all that is going on off stage, GLAAD, in this article expresses its joy in having invested in the production of the televised event.



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‘Philly DA’ Docuseries From PBS’ Independent Lens Wins Peabody Award

Courtesy Deadline



This year’s Peabody Awards honors ‘Philly DA’ which follows Larry Krasner, a former civil rights lawyer, who faces the toughest challenge of his career: “trying to change the criminal justice system from within after decades of fighting from the outside.”


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Tabitha Jackson Exits Sundance Institute, Kim Yutani Promoted To Senior Leadership Team


Courtesy Deadline



Shortly after the Sundance Film Festival, the Institute will undergo significant changes within its leadership. Tabitha Jackson, former Film Festival and Public Programming Director, will be leaving Sundance shortly after its London program. Kim Yutani, Director of Programming, will step up her role to the senior leadership team of the Institute."


Read more here.




The Black List Launches $100,000 Short-Film Competition for Two Aspiring Feature Filmmakers

Courtesy Vanity Fair


The Black List, thanks to the funding provided by UPS, will grant two filmmakers the opportunity to realize a short film with a budget of $100,000. The tried and true method of creating a proof of concept is an idea that has been utilized by successful filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Damien Chazelle, and Emma Holly Jones, wife of Blacklist creator Franklin Leonard.



Read more here.




NPR and LAist Studios launch Oye, an audio incubator for Latinx creators


Courtesy NPR


Oye is a six-week virtual workshop that will enable Latine content creators passionate about audio storytelling to learn all there is to know about the medium. NPR and LAist Studios will give participants: “training, coaching, and resources to develop their pitch and pilot a proof of concept, and a stipend to cover labor and time spent on the project.”



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Universal Global Talent Development & Inclusion Announces Universal Writers Lab Debut & First Six Participants


Courtesy of Deadline


Universal’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion announced the debut of the Universal Writers Lab. The one-year paid program will provide participants with professional development, enhance their ability to deliver commercially-appealing concepts and scripts, and give an in-depth, immersive look at the Studio’s production process from pitch to post-production. 




Read more here.