Ahead of the Sundance Film Festival, Adobe and the Adobe Foundation announced the creation of the Film & TV Fund, committing $6 million to support underrepresented creators on screen and behind the camera.
This inaugural fund aims to “track industry participation and directly accelerate the careers of thousands of global creators” through grants, donations, fellowships, and donations of Adobe Creative Cloud products. It aims to address inequities in funding, career and training opportunities.
“Diversity in front of and behind the camera enables more diverse and inclusive storytelling across television and film,” said Stacy Martinet, vice president of marketing strategy and communications at Adobe and board member of the Adobe Foundation. Adobe Foundation Board Member Stacey Martinet said. Through this new fund, Adobe is “leveraging its leadership position in the creative industries to unlock new opportunities for underrepresented creators.”
Adobe and the Adobe Foundation partner with global organizations dedicated to empowering underrepresented communities, including Easterseals, Gold House, Latinx House, Screenskills, Sundance Institute, and Yuvaa, to drive industry engagement. Fund fellowships and practicums that provide direct hands-on access. . The grant will also allow organizations to directly support filmmakers in their communities by funding short and feature films.
The first fellowship is a collaboration with the NAACP and aims to increase expressiveness in post-production. The NAACP Editorial Fellowship is a 14-week program focused on education and training, career growth, and work experience that includes access to Adobe Creative Cloud to further set up budding creators with the tools they need. It will be. Applications will open on January 18th, and four fellows will be selected to participate in the program starting in May.
“Equity is important, and helping identify solutions that advance diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the lens is critical to the power and Those of us in positions of authority have a duty.” . “We are honored to work with like-minded Adobe partners who come to the table with ideas and resources that make a measurable impact.”
The creation of the Adobe Film & TV Fund builds on the company's long-standing collaboration with the Sundance Institute, which officially launched the Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship in 2015. The program is a year-round artist development program that inspires creativity and supports budding filmmakers ages 18 to 18. As of the 25th, we have supported over 100 colleagues. In 2020, we introduced the Sundance Women to Watch x Adobe Fellowship, another annual program to support women artists in film and media.