Walt Disney Studios has announced Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator, a program that will provide support for six filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds to create short films under the Disney banner.
The program, which lasts seven months, pairs filmmakers with Disney executive mentors at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, to create short films around the theme of "Discover." Some of the produced shorts may wind up on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, and could lead to further development for the filmmakers.
“At The Walt Disney Studios, we believe that great stories come from everywhere, and we are committed to telling inclusive stories and working with filmmakers who bring diverse perspectives to the table,” said Alan Bergman, Co-Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios in a statement. “The Disney Launchpad gives us a platform to empower a new generation of filmmakers to share original stories that resonate with our global audience and reflect the world we live in.”
“We know the best films and content are those that showcase the diversity of the wider world,” added Julie Ann Crommett, Vice President, Multicultural Audience Engagement, The Walt Disney Studios. “Launchpad recognizes the importance of diversity in front of and behind the camera by bringing together the most talented filmmakers with the world-class talent and resources of The Walt Disney Company.”