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Jun 27, 2018

The Film Empire Unveils 2018 Diversity Mentorship Contests

The Film Empire announced today the launch of its Diversity Film and Screenwriting mentorship contests. Filmmakers and screenwriters of underrepresented backgrounds will have the chance to win mentorship meetings with a versatile lineup of industry pros.

This mentorship will occur during Summer 2018 via Skype or other forms of video conference. The purpose of the Diversity Mentorship contests is to impart knowledge on the grand prize winners through the advice and expertise of professionals in film & television industry in a time when diverse voices in media are sought after. Entrants can reside in any country in the world to be considered! 

Mentors include:

  • Nate Moore, Marvel Studios; Executive Producer, “Black Panther”
  • Cate Adams, VP of Film Production at Warner Bros.
  • Amy Suh, Executive Director of Drama Development, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Darice Rollins, Producer
  • Julia Carias-Linares, TV Development & Programming, A&E Networks’ FYI
  • Chiara Atik, (Story Editor) Writer, “Superstore”
  • Mateja Bozicevic, Original Programming, Marvel TV
  • George Paaswell, Producer, “Claws”
  • Alison Tatlock, Co-producer, “Stranger Things” Season 1 and Supervising Producer, “Halt and Catch Fire”
  • Payman Benz, Director, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Key & Peele,” “A.P. Bio,” “The Good Place”
  • Gideon Yago, Writer, “Quantico”
  • Estefania Szprengiel, HBO Executive,

The mentorship series originally launched in 2017 with past mentors including Bekah Brunstetter (writer, producer, This Is Us), Tommy Harper (Executive Producer, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Tobias Schliessler (inematographer, Beauty and the Beast), Adam Robitel (Director, Insidious: The Last Key), Jim Uhls (Screenwriter, Fight Club), Dan Liu (Editor, Director, The Walking Dead), Suzanne Mackie (Producer, The Crown), Nancy Sanders (Manager, Producer, HBO’s The Night Of), and many more.

Submissions can be made at TheFilmEmpire.com, Cover Fly, or Film Freeway.

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The Film Empire Founder Erman Baradi and Brandon Waites with 2017 Contest Winner, Daniel Mentz, and Mentor, Dan Liu (Editor/Director of “The Walking Dead”)