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222 - How to Get $100K for Your Short Film and What Facebook's Change to Meta Means for Filmmakers


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Chris and Nick share a few opinions on the "Rust" saga, Lena Waithe's Hillman Rising Voices Program, whether a should short cost $100K, and what Facebook's change to Meta means for Indie Creators.










About the Rising Voices Program


Hillman Grad and Indeed have collaborated to develop the Rising Voices program. The initiative aims to discover, invest in and share stories created by BIPOC filmmakers & storytellers around the power and meaning of work. The 2021 program awarded a $100K production budget for 10 short films which premiered at The Tribeca Festival in New York and created over 600 jobs.

‍How it works: The advisory team will identify 10 filmmakers who will be selected to participate in Rising Voices. A $100,000 production budget will be allocated to produce their stories, and each filmmaker will have access to mentorship and support from the advisory panel through members from Hillman Grad and Ventureland. The films will be produced by Hillman Grad in partnership with 271 Films. An additional COVID-19 safety fund will also be made available to the filmmakers.

Filmmaker Support: Following the conclusion of the program, Indeed will invest in marketing and distribution support for the finished films, along with a debut at The Tribeca Festival. Additionally, one or more filmmakers will be offered a filmmaker-in-residency position at Indeed to continue producing content with the brand.


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