About Us

Big Vision Empty Wallet is a film and media incubator.  

We believe you don’t have to sell your soul to be successful and create captivating, innovative work.  We create awesome programs that encourage independent creators to get their work made and seen.

Year founded: 2010

Programs Include: Two writers labs annually, several distribution labs, and an ongoing diversity incentive program.


The Big Vision founders (Dani Faith Leonard & Alex Cirillo) each create projects separately and we produce projects together at our production company Big Vision Creative.  Working on projects of our own influences the programs we create and inspires us to discover systems that help indie creators thrive.

Things We care about...

Providing opportunities and access so projects GET MADE, creatives getting paid fairly for their work, kickstarting diversity in film and media, and getting our community together to have a blast.  And cocktails, of course.

Don't Let the Moniker Fool You.

Big Vision Empty Wallet = the belief that you can create groundbreaking work with whatever resources you have available.

It doesn't mean that our programs are only for projects with small budgets or that we're personally interested in working on projects where people don't get adequately compensated for their talents.  Ew.

Recent Press


Big Vision Empty Wallet was founded in 2010 by Dani Faith Leonard and Alex Cirillo as an online resource for the local NYC film community.  Big Vision operated as a curated membership community for nearly five years, and as the industry changed, so did we.  We continue to encourage our members to incubate their own projects and provide education through our programs.

In 2014, we launched our production company, Big Vision Creative, through which we produce films and events.

In 2015, we re-branded Big Vision Empty Wallet as a film and media incubator and launched a new program to help kickstart diversity, which is a cause that we care deeply about.  Moving forward, we're excited to find new people and projects to share with the world through BVEW and BVC.

Overview of Opportunities

Program: Writers Lab

Who it's for: Film & TV Writers with narrative feature or pilot scripts.

When: Twice annually

Submissions: CLOSED!

Program: Diversity Incentive

Who It's for: Women, POC, LGBTQ creators and their collaborators.

When: Ongoing

Submissions: OPEN!

Program: Distribution Lab

Who it's for: Film & Media Creators with projects in any stage of production.

When: Three times annually

Submissions: CLOSED!

The Founders

Their role as the leaders of BVEW has garnered them invitations to speak at film and tv festivals, colleges, a White House roundtable, and entertainment industry think-tanks. In 2013, they were featured as a start-up success story by A&E’s Project Start-Up and in 2014, they partnered with ABC News to produce a live streamed show featuring creators in the independent film community.

Dani Faith Leonard

Twitter // BIO

Alex Cirillo

Twitter // BIO

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