The fifth annual laboratory of Indian feature film writers opens a call for candidates – deadline

The American Media Alliance announced that they are accepting applications for the fifth lab of Indian feature film writers. This is a 10-week program that will run online from September to November 2022 and is sponsored by COMCAST NBCUniversal, Cherokee Nation Film Office and A + E networks.

“This lab has been an incredible resource for several studios that need Indian literary talent,” said Ian Skorodin, director of strategy at the Native American Media Alliance. “Cinema is eternal and we want our community of local writers to be a big part of this art form in the future.”

The Indian Screenwriters Screenwriters Lab meets the current needs of the entertainment industry. According to the report on the inclusion of the Writers’ Guild of America for 2020, Indians represent 0.8% of screenwriters, “with almost no representation.” This program will offer a new opportunity for Native American writers seeking to break into the entertainment industry and change the current mismatch.

The American Media Alliance will select five Indian writers to participate in the program. The laboratory will consist of daily seminars with an established screenwriter and seminars for partners. In addition, participants will attend a series of events and screenings that will further expose them to the entertainment industry. The aim of the laboratory is to further develop the skills of writers and prepare them for work in the industry.

The Indian Feature Film Writers Lab was established in line with the American Media Alliance’s mission to improve Native American media representation and increase the number of Native Americans employed in all aspects of the media industry.

The Indian Feature Film Writers Lab is for experienced writers who can write a screenplay for a feature film. Each selected entrant is expected to complete at least one feature film script by the end of the 10-week session, which will be screened at the 16th annual LA SKINS FEST in November.

The American Media Alliance (NAMA) advocates for the representation of Indians in the entertainment industry. This initiative functions as a resource for industry staff to work with Indians who have an authentic voice in film, television and new media. The American Media Alliance is a project of the Barcid Foundation; a non-profit organization that focuses on multimedia programming in local communities.

The mission of the Cherokee Nation Film Office is to increase the presence of Indians at every level of the film and television industry, while creating opportunities for economic development and jobs in the Cherokee nation.

The early deadline for applications to the Indian Screenwriters Screenwriters Laboratory is June 30, 2022 (the regular deadline is July 14, 2022, and the deadline is July 28, 2022). For more information and to apply, please visit www.nama.mediaor email contact@nama.media.

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