The programme will showcase experienced directors and up-and-coming filmmakers who want to promote and honour stories about API communities.
Netflix, Tribeca Studios and Gold House have teamed up to launch the Future Gold Film Fellowship, a programme designed to elevate experienced directors from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Tribeca Studios and a panel of industry leaders, including creators and actors such as Jon M. Chu, Daniel Dae Kim, Destin Daniel Cretton, Aneesh Chaganty, Christopher Kahunahana, Alice Wu, Janet Yang and Nina Yang Bongiovi, will award three API directors with production grants to make a scripted short film. The movies can cover any topic across all genres.
They will also get full production support from Tribeca Studios, customised training and mentorship by Tribeca and Netflix executives, and exposure to established talent within the Gold House network. Additionally, these short films will be considered for a premiere at Tribeca Festival in 2022.
Commenting about the fellowship programme, Lisa Nishimura, VP of Documentary and Independent Films of Netflix, said: “At Netflix, we’re thrilled to be teaming up with Gold House and Tribeca Studios to support Asian and Pacific Islander directors. One of the most powerful things about storytelling is the ability to write your experience into existence – and through that, help others feel seen. Programmes like these are part of why we set up the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity: to create opportunities for underrepresented talent where they may not already exist with the hopes of bringing to light more stories that will resonate with people around the world.”
Gold House President and Co-Founder, Bing Chen, added: “At Gold House, we know that what we see in cinema alters what we believe and who we can become—and we’re excited to repave stages so that even more can show who they are. The Future Gold Film Fellowship represents Gold House’s expanding efforts to create pathways for the most promising Asian and Pacific Islander creators to rise through career-making opportunities, world-class mentoring, and the support of industry heavyweights like Tribeca Studios and Netflix.”
Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises and the Tribeca Film Festival, commented: “For Tribeca, this programme is an important addition to our festival of storytellers as we’ve long committed to providing a platform for storytellers whose voices have often been overlooked. We’re proud to be joining forces with Gold House and Netflix on this new initiative, and look forward to the incredible work this crucial programme will spark.”