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Rising Voices

Meet the Class of 2022
*Accepting applications until October 22nd*

Program Overview

Indeed, Hillman Grad and 271 Films are thrilled to announce the fourth season of the Rising Voices program. The initiative aims to discover, invest in, and share stories created by BIPOC filmmakers & storytellers around the power and meaning of work. This program awards 10 filmmakers up to a $100K production budget to make a short film, which will premiere at a major US film festival. 

‍How it works: Our advisory team will identify 10 filmmakers who will be selected to participate in Rising Voices. A production budget up to $100,000 will be allocated to produce their stories, and each filmmaker will have access to mentorship and support from the advisory panel through creative mentors from Hillman Grad and from 271 Films. The films will be produced by Hillman Grad in partnership with 271 Films.

Rising Voices is a career accelerator and filmmaking mentorship program and we’re looking for candidates who are interested in advancing their career opportunities through mentorship and education. Candidates should demonstrate a strong passion for filmmaking, strong desire to learn and ability to collaborate, take instruction and accept feedback. Candidates must portray sustainable and ethical working practices.

‍Filmmaker Support: Following the conclusion of the program, Indeed will invest in marketing and distribution support for the finished films, along with a debut at a major US film festival.

Theme: The Future of Work. When you read “the future of work,” what does that mean to you? Do you think of an egalitarian ideal, a dystopian nightmare, or something in between? What direction is our world headed towards when it comes to work? Who gets to decide what the future is going to be? As time passes, how does “work” play a role in your life? In our lives? Explore how work is a mirror to the human experience. Explore your personal connection with work and show us what “the future of work” means to you. How would the future of work impact your relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, community, or yourself?

Timeline: Filmmakers must be available December 2023 -June 2024 to participate in the program.


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Program Rules

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Program Guidelines

Advisory Board

Lena Waithe

Emmy Award-winning writer and Founder of Hillman Grad

Rishi Rajani

CEO, Hillman Grad

Chris Hyams

CEO, Indeed

LaFawn Davis

SVP of Environmental, Social & Governance

Constanza Castro

Co-Founder, 271 Films

Doménica Castro

Co-Founder, 271 Films
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