Ava DuVernay Partners With Google to Create $500,000 Film Grant for Underrepresented Creators

Array; Google

Ava DuVernay has partnered with Google to establish a grant program that could change the life of a rising filmmaker with big dreams. Deadline reported DuVernay’s company Array teamed up with the tech giant to create a $500,000 grant for a rising creator who comes from a historically underrepresented community. Named The Array + Google Feature Film Grant, the award-winning filmmaker hopes to give someone a jumpstart in their career.

“Having started my filmmaking journey by self-funding projects, this is a full-circle moment,” said DuVernay according to the entertainment news platform.

“I’m pleased to partner with Google and Array’s grant advisory committee to identify an emerging writer/director to bring their vision to the screen. Inclusive storytelling is at the heart of Array’s mission and we’re proud to also provide access to Array Crew in order to further ensure that the set of the grantee’s film reflects the full array of the world around us.”

The recipient of the first grant is tasked with budgeting the funds to create their first feature film. An applicant will be selected by a diverse advisory committee that includes Gabrielle Glore (Festival Director & Head of Programming, Urbanworld), Francis Cullado (Executive Director for Visual Communications Media, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival), Crystal Echo Hawk (Founder and Executive Director, IllumiNative), María Rauqel Bozzi (Senior Director of Education & International Initiatives at Film Independent), and Smriti Kiran (Artistic Director, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival), Deadline reported.

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SOURCE: VIBE, Demicia Inman

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