Starlight and Sundance will Fund 50 More Emerging Filmmakers

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Are you Hollywood’s next big diverse filmmaker? You could get your big break from the Stars Collective, a newly expanded diversity fund from Starlight Media and the Sundance Institute.

Back in August 2020, Starlight (the company behind Crazy Rich AsiansMarshall and Greta) announced that it would be funding 30-50 diverse, emerging filmmakers.

Starlight followed through with choosing 50 filmmakers – and now it’s choosing 50 more!

“A bright spot for us during the pandemic has been the ability to spend time looking at the big picture of the entertainment industry, analyzing long-term opportunities that will flourish through the disruption of today. We are committed to taking a leadership position in supporting the creators of tomorrow with a belief that content will only grow in value globally,” said Starlight CEO Peter Luo.

“There is so much phenomenal but untapped, original content from talented and emerging creators around the world, who just need an opportunity or a place to incubate and ideate. This is what Stars Collective exists to provide, at growing scale.”

Stars Collective Granting Fund

Starlight is teaming up with the Sundance Institute to launch the Sundance Institute Stars Collective Granting Fund, which will tap into an initial fund provided by Starlight.

According to the Sundance Institute website, this new program will tap into the original $200,000 fund from Starlight and provide unrestricted grants, ranging from $1,500 – $10,000, to diverse filmmakers working in nonfiction and fiction. 

“We’re excited to join Starlight in their commitment to supporting filmmakers during these uncertain times, when support for independent voices is both historically challenging and crucial,” said Michelle Satter, Sundance Institute’s Founding Director, Feature Film Program.

“This partnership will provide meaningful grants to diverse filmmakers, ensuring that there will be powerful, enduring stories from vibrant, diverse perspectives in the years to come.”

Starlight Diversity Fund application

Applications opened on December 1, 2020 and are on a rolling basis, so get your application in now! Interested filmmakers should email  to confirm eligibility and receive an application code.

For more information, check out the Sundance Institute’s official Starlight Collective page. Good luck!

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