AFI and Disney Collaborate on Immersive Short-Filmmaking Program for Diverse Storytellers – American Film Institute

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AFI and Disney Collaborate on Immersive Short-Filmmaking Program for Diverse Storytellers

AFI is collaborating as the educational partner of “Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator,” which will invite filmmakers to share diverse perspectives through original live-action short films. The Launchpad is a seven-month immersive program based at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Directors will take part in a robust curriculum of professional and storytelling classes primarily led by faculty of the AFI.

This immersive program pairs directors with Disney executive mentors to Create Shorts for Proposed Initial Exhibition on Disney+. Application are now open July 2 at Launchpad.Disney.com.

The program is a new opportunity for up to six directors from underrepresented backgrounds to present diverse perspectives through the production of original, live-action short films for proposed initial exhibition on the upcoming streaming service Disney+. Directors will be paired with creative executive mentors from across The Walt Disney Company and challenged to create original films that celebrate the inaugural theme of “Discover.”

Select shorts will have the opportunity to live on Disney+ and may be considered for further development based on the short’s quality, performance on the platform, future arc and other factors.

Full eligibility criteria and application details are available at launchpad.disney.com.

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