HBO Documentary Films and the Gotham Film & Media Institute Announce New Documentary Development Initiative for Filmmakers from Underrepresented Communities

HBO Documentary Films and the Gotham Film & Media Institute’s Expanding Communities program announced the Documentary Development Initiative, created for storytellers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or storytellers with disabilities with the goal of providing resources to develop thought-provoking characters. contemporary ideas for documentary films and limited series.

Through this initiative, up to ten selected filmmakers will receive grants of $50,000 for research and early-stage creative development. HBO and Gotham (Director)’s parent organization will provide resources and mentorship to support the development of documentary projects and select grantees will have the opportunity to receive additional funding. Funding for these grants is sponsored by HBO Documentary Films, OneFifty, and WBD Access.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Gotham and to work closely with the filmmakers of the Documentary Development Initiative during the ideation stage of the development process,” said Sara Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of HBO Documentary Films. “It will be a privilege to help support the creative ambitions of the grantees.”

“We are very proud to announce this initiative, which will provide resources to filmmakers from historically excluded communities as they develop creative and thought-provoking documentaries. We are thrilled to champion these voices as they pursue their careers in filmmaking. entertainment industry,” said Karen Horne, Senior Vice President, Equity & Inclusion, Warner Bros. Discovery. “OneFifty is thrilled to extend its longstanding relationship with the Gotham Film & Media Institute, an organization deeply committed to ‘identification of talented emerging independent artists,’ added Axel Caballero, Director of OneFifty and Vice President, Arts and Culture Innovations, Warner Bros. Discovery.

“We are honored to partner with HBO Documentary Films on this new initiative with our Expanding Communities program,” said Kia Brooks, Deputy Director of the Gotham Film & Media Institute. “Expanding Communities seeks to elevate historically excluded voices and the organizations that support them. We look forward to providing these nonfiction storytellers with the tools and resources to help propel their careers forward.

Ideas generated through the Initiative will be pitched to HBO on a “first look” basis, giving the network the first opportunity to bid to develop them further.

Those interested in applying can do so here. Applications will be accepted until July 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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