Disney+ Launchpad Highlights Underrepresented Filmmakers

Disney+ Launchpad is an exciting new outlet for underrepresented filmmakers!

To apply for the 2021 Disney+ Launchpad, get your application in by June 11, 2021. This year’s theme is “connection.” Both writers and directors are invited to apply, and up to six will be chosen.

For some inspiration, check out the incubator’s filmmakers from last year!

The streaming service has now debuted short films from its finalists, who were chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants.

In the program, filmmakers were given funding and equipment along with mentors from inside Disney. They were tasked with making a film based on the theme of “discover.”

All the films came in under 20 minutes. Here’s a peek at some of them:

Disney+ Launchpad 2020 Finalists

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your Disney+ Launchpad application (or any project you’re working on), check out the finalists who were chosen to make shorts in 2020!

Growing Pains by Ann Marie Pace

A Mexican-American half human/half vampire teenager, struggles to fit in either world.

American Eid by Aqsa Altaf

A young Pakistani girl is upset to learn that her American school doesn’t observe the Muslim holiday Eid.

Let’s Be Tigers by Stefanie Abel Horowitz

A babysitter grieves the loss of her mother as she takes care of a young boy.

Dinner Is Served by Hao Zheng

A young man works as a maître d’ at an upper-class boarding school that doesn’t engage meaningfully in diversity.

The Last of the Chupacabras by Jessica Mendez Siquerios

A lonely Mexican-American woman unknowingly summons a dark and ancient creature.

The Little Prince(ss) by Moxie Peng

Two 7 year-olds navigate gender identity in the world of ballet amid conservative Asian American values.

We’re so excited to watch all the shorts from the Disney incubator filmmakers.

Have you applied to any incubators, writing fellowships or directing programs? With so many new companies and streaming services, there are more opportunities available than ever before.

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