Applications will be accepted until early January 2022, beginning on November 18.
Women In Film (WIF) has partnered with Google to expand opportunities for women and nonbinary filmmakers by launching the WIF Shorts Lab, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter.
Sponsored by Google, the programme will provide three filmmaking teams with the funds and support to produce a short film. In doing so, emerging writers, directors, creative producers and line producers who are selected will be paired with a mentor as they shape the content through prep, production and post. Films will be completed in summer 2022 and will be owned by the filmmakers so they can submit their works for festivals and other events.
Projects will be selected by a jury comprised of actress and filmmaker Lake Bell, veteran producer Stephanie Allain, YouTube Originals’ Margie Moreno and ColorCreative’s Talitha Watkins.
Kirsten Schaffer, CEO of WIF, said: “For years, WIF has offered filmmakers of underrepresented genders the resources to demonstrate their talents and abilities by supporting the production of their films. With this new partnership, we are able to expand this opportunity to more women and non-binary filmmakers whose voices will be a part of the storytelling landscape to come.”
Elle Roth-Brunet, Google Assistant’s entertainment partnership lead added: “Google is committed to supporting historically underrepresented communities and is proud to have partnered with WIF, an organisation whose important mission and longtime advocacy work reflects our values.”
Applications open on November 18, and will be accepted until early January 2022.