In an effort to expand the spotlight on Asian and Pacific Island (API) stories in film and TV, Netflix, Tribeca Studios, and Gold House have teamed to launch Future Gold Film Fellowship. The announcement of the partnership was made via a post by Lisa Nishimura, VP of Documentary and Independent Films; Bing Chen, President and Co-Founder of Gold House; and Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca Enterprises and the Tribeca Festival Co-Founder and CEO.
With films like Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and series like Never Have I Ever as well as the iconic Squid Game, there has been an uptick in API representation but a handful of Asian-led projects does not mean everything is hunky dory with equity. According to the post on Netflix, the Future Gold Film Fellowship is designed to uplift experienced directors who are looking to break through, and to celebrate more stories from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Selected by Tribeca Studios and a diverse panel of industry leaders — including Aneesh Chaganty, Jon M. Chu, Destin Daniel Cretton, Christopher Kahunahana, Daniel Dae Kim, Alice Wu, Janet Yang, and Nina Yang Bongiovi — three Asian and Pacific Islander directors will each receive a production grant to make a scripted short film. They will also get full production support from Tribeca Studios (the brand entertainment arm of Tribeca Enterprises), customized training and mentorship by Tribeca Studios and Netflix executives, and exposure to established talent within the Gold House network.
The new fellowship is part of Netflix programs including the Netflix Fund for Creative Equity which 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.
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