Feb 23, 2022

Sundance Institute Partners with Netflix, Shondaland and The Latinx House For Incredible Filmmaker Fellowship

The Latinx House, Netflix, Shondaland and the Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance program announced a joint partnership for a new program that will give Latina and non-binary Latinx directors hands-on entertainment industry experience and connections.

Image Credit: Alexandra Martinez Kondracke, Monica Ramirez and Olga Segura attend The Latinx House And Netflix Host Their Joint Kick-off Party At The 2020 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020, in Park City, Utah. OWEN HOFFMANN/GETTY IMAGES

The initiative is called “The Adelante Directors Fellowship.” The fellowship will be a yearlong program supporting the selected directors’ professional development and creating a pipeline to support independent filmmakers throughout their careers. The new fellowship includes the opportunity to shadow an episode of a series, a grant covering the six-week shadowing period, a two-day orientation with masterclasses and support from nonprofit The Latinx House. Shondaland will be providing shadowing opportunities as part of the program on some of their productions as well.The fellowship comes on the heels of a 2021 study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which found that of the 1,300 top-grossing films released between 2007 and 2019, there were only 12 individual Latinx directors represented, and out of that, only three out of the 1,447 directors were women of Hispanic/Latina origin.