Submissions are closed - please stay tuned for this round's selections!

what:

6 week feature film incubator program

when:

July & August, 2017

Who:

5-10 fantastic films (narrative or documentary), selected through a rigorous submission and interview process, written, directed, and/or produced by women, people of color, or LGBTQ filmmakers.

Structure:

Each project receives creative guidance, mentorship, and business strategy from the Big Vision team; an exclusive pitch day focused on finance for financiers, partners, sponsors, and granting organizations; an exclusive Distribution Lab & Marketplace in NYC, focusing on audience building and distribution strategies. Past participating companies include The Weinstein Company, IFC, The Discovery Channel, Vimeo, FilmRise, Zeitgeist Films, Magnolia Pictures, and more.

In addition:

  • Projects receive Extensive Discounts from vendors nationwide (see our PARTNERS here).

  • Each project will be a Big Vision Creative Co-Production.  This will be structured differently for each film based upon the scope and stage of the project, and how hands on our team will be.  As Executive Producers, we excel at shaping stories, making valuable connections through our personal relationships with festivals, distributors and vendors, and we're all about drive, generosity, passion, and fun.

This program isn’t theoretical - We’ve already made an impact.

See the projects we've supported HERE.  Our program proves that projects with inclusive teams are good investments, because they truly are.

 

Our Projects Succeed!

In 2016 & 2017, our films premiered at top festivals including Sundance and SXSW and were sold to major film distributors, streaming platforms, and TV networks.

 

FAQs

WHAT DEFINES DIVERSITY?

Forming a definition of diversity or inclusion isn’t easy.  For this particular program, we are defining underrepresented creators as Asian Pacific, Sub-Continent Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, Mixed Race, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and creators with disabilities.   If you don’t identify in any of these categories, but still feel you should qualify, please contact us at info@bigvisionemptywallet.com. Our goal is to be an inclusive as possible and make a positive impact.

Do I need to live anywhere specific?

Our benefits are for projects that will be produced anywhere in the world!  You do not need to live anywhere specific to qualify, but all events surrounding the program will be in NY, LA, and at major festivals.  The 6 week in-person incubator in 2017 will be held in NYC.

Do YOU ONLY ACCEPT FEATURE FILMS?

The Kickstart Diversity Program is for feature-length films ONLY (narrative and documentary).  If you are interested in working in TV or new media, check out our Creators Program.  We currently do not have a program for short films.

How often do you accept projects?

In 2015/16 we cast a wide net and supported many projects. In 2017, we plan to be more hands-on and in order to do so, we’ll be accepting fewer projects throughout the year.  We accept submissions on a rolling basis all year long, but the deadline for the in-person 6 week incubator in Spring/Summer 2017 is April 18th.

So if I'm a white dude, am I totally excluded?

Nope. You can be rewarded for being inclusive. If your project has a writer, director, or producer that meets our requirements, you can receive the benefits of our program. The person who qualifies for the incentive must be the one to submit.