TULSA – The Cherokee Nation Film Office has partnered with the Native American Media Alliance to launch the first Native American Writers Seminar to help Native Americans enter the entertainment industry by supporting new and developing writers.
The week-long virtual seminar, scheduled for July, will feature several intensive writing workshops, as well as individual and group mentoring sessions focused on developing existing scripts and preparing submissions for the writing scholarships.
âThe Cherokee Nation Film Office is delighted to present this new seminar for future Native American screenwriters. We are living a renaissance, where viewers and moviegoers yearn for a more diverse storytelling, âsaid CNFO director Jennifer Loren. âThe need to develop more Native American screenwriters who can sit at these tables and create this content is immediate. We believe workshops like this are a key part of the pipeline already established by the Barcid Foundation, which has given Indigenous writers access to Hollywood decision makers.
The Native American Writers Seminar provides intensive commentary, an overview of prestigious scholarships and their application processes, rigorous writing sessions, and access to accomplished industry professionals.
âWe are honored to partner with the Cherokee Nation Film Office in this new endeavor. With the success of our TV and Feature Film Writers Labs, we continue to develop new ways to support our artists, âsaid Ian Skorodin, CEO of the Barcid Foundation. âWe have a talented community that needs visibility, access and opportunities. This new venture will get more Native American voices in front of the right people who can develop their scripted content and build their writing careers. ”
The submission period for this year’s intensive is open and applications will be accepted until May 14.
Launched in 2019, the CNFO aims to increase the presence of Native Americans at all levels of the film and television industries, while creating opportunities for economic development and jobs in the Cherokee Nation.
NAMA is an initiative of the Barcid Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization. It is a community-based organization that provides the true voice of Native Americans in the entertainment industry and offers unique programs that educate the non-Native population.
For more information or to submit a request, visit https://nama.media/inaugural-native-american-writers-seminar-call-for-applications.