Submissions Are Open for Films, pilots, web series, & Multi-platform projects with Diverse Teams!

Here’s What You Need to Know:

  • A project qualifies when the writer, director, or producer is a woman, person of color, or member of the LGBTQ community (exact requirements are listed below).  The best time to submit is when you’re in development or early pre-production, but projects can benefit in any stage of production.
  • We are accepting feature length films, TV pilots, digital series, and innovative multi-platform projects.
  • Selected projects will receive significant discounts (15%-75%) from vendors and service providers nationwide to create savings in all stages of production, including AbelCine, Hive Lighting, Gotham Stages, and Nice Shoes.
  • Recipients will be granted access to an exclusive Distribution Lab presented in NY, focusing on audience building and distribution strategies. Past participating companies include Vimeo, Lionsgate Films, FilmRise, Seed & Spark, VHX, Zeitgeist Films, and Cinetic.
  • In addition, our sister company Big Vision Creative will choose several projects per year to co-produce.

Program Benefits

EXTENSIVE production and post-production DISCOUNTS

Take advantage of our partnerships – you’ll receive 15-75% discounts from vendors nationwide for everything from camera rentals to sound design to deliverables, to help you stretch your budget and get your projects made.


Participating projects will be granted access to an exclusive Distribution Lab presented twice per year, which will focus on audience building and distribution strategies.  You can find out more about our Distribution Lab HERE.  Past participating companies include:


We’ll provide you with a document to add to your investment materials, which will explain the access you’ll gain, the money you’ll save, and the value you’ll add, based on your participation in our program. It’s important to us that your projects are seen as the great investments that they are! 

Share the Screen Partnership:

Announced earlier this year, Vimeo's 'Share the Screen' is a three-part initiative to elevate and empower female filmmakers. The program aims to foster gender equality with a financial commitment to invest in female-led programming, educational workshops and onsite promotions spotlighting female voices.   As part of the partnership, Vimeo’s development team will review all Kickstart Diversity projects, with the opportunity for select projects to receive dedicated funding in exchange for distribution on Vimeo On Demand.

EXCLUSIVE PITCH & Co-Production Opportunities:

Throughout the year we are selecting projects coming through the Kickstart Diversity Program for co-production through our production company, Big Vision Creative.  We also have exclusive pitch opportunities with various networks and platforms that we will extend to our Kickstart Diversity Recipients.  We will develop projects with you, even if they're not a part of the program, and pitch them with you.

And We’re Constantly Growing.

We launched in October 2015 and the program will continue to evolve as we add more partners. If you’re interested in partnering with us, please email us at



We are accepting feature films (narrative and documentary) and TV/digital series in any stage of production that have a team and business plan in place.  Although many digital series are produced at a lower budget, we will only accept projects that are fairly compensating their cast and crew. 

How are the diversity requirements defined?

A project qualifies when the writer, director, or producer is a woman, person of color, or member of the LGBTQ community.

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


In Hollywood, only 6% of film directors are women and 18% are people of color and the statistics for writers and producers aren’t much better. We want to make as much of a difference as we can. The hiring of women and people of color in Hollywood has become a major conversation piece recently. The hacked Sony emails showed that female stars are paid far less than their male counterparts and “black films” aren’t seen as a good investment. Powerhouse women directors like Angelina Jolie are chastised and called “crazy” for attempting to be good leaders. We’re so excited that this has become a more mainstream conversation and that the public is holding Hollywood more accountable, but there’s more work to be done.

It’s important that we are all seen as good investments at the independent level. Being able to show an investor that you received this incentive for just being you – receiving up to a 30% discount on goods and services, exclusive relationships, and educational opportunities – will hopefully encourage more investments in films written, directed, and/or produced by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community.


Our benefits are for projects that will be produced in the US. International co-productions are welcome, as well. You do not need to live anywhere specific, but all events surrounding the program will be in NY, LA, and at major festivals. If you are shooting your project in a location that our vendors aren’t located, please reach out to us! We’ll work our hardest to get you benefits that will help in that location.

How often do you accept projects?

Submissions are open year round.  We select projects roughly every two months.  See our current selections HERE.


Nope. You will be rewarded for supporting diversity in storytelling and working with a diverse team. 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 to our program.

See How our Current Participants Are Doing!

The Kickstart Diversity Program launched in October 2015 and we are announcing new selections roughly every two months. The first completed project to come through the program, Tahir Jetter's How To Tell You're a Douchebag recently premiered at Sundance 2016!

Who's involved:

Advisory Board:

Alysia Reiner // OITNB, Broad Street Pictures // BIO

Alysia Reiner // OITNB, Broad Street Pictures // BIO

Issa Rae // The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl // BIO

Issa Rae // The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl // BIO

Jacqueline J Gonzalez // National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NY // BIO

Jacqueline J Gonzalez // National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences NY // BIO

Leah Meyerhoff // I Believe In Unicorns, Film Fatales // BIO

Leah Meyerhoff // I Believe In Unicorns, Film Fatales // BIO

Stevie Wong // International Film Journalist // BIO

Stevie Wong // International Film Journalist // BIO

Terry Lawler // NYWIFT // BIO

Terry Lawler // NYWIFT // BIO

Featured Companies:

Community Partners:

Submit Your Project!


Get Your Work Ready:

Here's what you'll need handy to submit:

A link to a clip, trailer, or teaser from this project or a past project that exemplifies the quality of your work.


- team bios
- a summary of the project (500 word max) 
- explanation of the video submitted and how it is reflective of your body of work
- what is your budget and your production plan? (500 word max) 
- what is your marketing and distribution plan? (500 word max) 
- your specific goals for the project (500 word max)

We'll also provide you with an email address to send us any additional attachments that might be helpful, like your business plan or investor deck.

Submit Your Work:

Submission Fee: $50

Make sure you have all of your work ready before you access the form!  If you make a mistake, you will be able to make edits before you check out.  Once you have submitted the form, you will need to use the shopping cart to check out.  If you have a discount or waiver code, you'll be able to apply it at checkout.  If you don't pay for your submission using the cart, we won't receive it!


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