Launched in 2015, the Kickstart Diversity Programs supports feature films selected through a rigorous submission and interview process that are written, directed, and/or produced by women, people of color, or LGBTQ filmmakers.
THE PROJECTS SELECTED FOR THE 2017 KICKSTART DIVERSITY INCUBATOR
AMERICAN TRIAL // documentary-fiction hybrid
Directed by Roee Messinger, Produced by Alena Svyatova
By depicting real witnesses and actual evidence in a courtroom setting, AMERICAN TRIAL will tell the story of the trial that may have occurred if NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was indicted for the killing of Eric Garner by chokehold in Staten Island, New York, and along the way examine accountability, race and police relations in New York City and beyond.
CITY OF ENCHANTMENT // documentary feature
Directed and Produced by Gwen Schroeder
Chemical plants dominate the landscape of Lake Jackson, Texas, where filmmaker Gwen Schroeder returns to assist her father during his rapid decline from Parkinson’s disease and subsequently learns that many others in her hometown are meeting a similar fate. While dealing with her own grief, she exposes the story of a powerful industry, the devastating effects that greed and irresponsibility have on the health of a community, and more personally -- a family.
COAST // narrative feature
Written by Cindy Kitagawa, Directed by Jessica Hester & Derek Schweickart, Produced by Caitlin Engel, Pin-Chun Liu, Wendy Guerrero, Executive Produced by Bruce Dern, Sonya Lunsford
For 15-year-old Abby Avila, home is the last place she wants to be. As her small town trappings and Mother's unlived dreams close in on her, Abby seeks refuge in music. When she befriends a traveling punk rock band, she discovers freedom in making her voice heard, and sees her home through new eyes.
THE HAND OF GOD // narrative feature
Written and directed by Lissette Feliciano, Produced by Priscilla Anany, Garrett Fennelly, Evangelo Kioussis, Justin Lothrop, Executive Produced by Peter Salvage
Elon Edson is the greatest footballer in the world. On the eve of receiving a lifetime achievement award, he recounts how believing in miracles carried him from his mother’s death at the hands of a terror group to the dangerous refugee trail into Europe in hopes of having his mother resurrected.
MIRROR OF THE LARKS // narrative feature
Written by Priya Sanghvi, Directed by Priya Sanghvi and Dan Scott Goldstein (M.A.Y.O.)
Set in the final days of summer before high school begins, MIRROR OF THE LARKS is about two Indian American sisters, social outcasts with supernatural abilities, who plan a revenge prank on a childhood tormenter that goes horribly wrong.
Other projects presenting at the final pitch day on August 15th will include current Big Vision Creative co-productions that also fit our diversity-focused mandate.
About the Program:
Feature film incubator program
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.
Each project receives creative guidance, mentorship, and business strategy from the Big Vision team; Extensive Discounts from vendors nationwide (see our PARTNERS here); an exclusive pitch day focused on finance for financiers, partners, sponsors, and granting organizations. Past participating companies include The Weinstein Company, IFC, The Discovery Channel, Vimeo, FilmRise, Zeitgeist Films, Magnolia Pictures, and more.
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.
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 email@example.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. 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.