Aug. 1, 2017


New York, NY – August 1, 2017 – The Time Warner Foundation proudly announces its latest round of film grantees. A total of seven organizations, committed to developing and showcasing outstanding filmmakers, advance the ongoing work of the Foundation to support the next generation of storytellers for a global audience.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President, Time Warner Foundation shares, “For more than a decade now, the Time Warner Foundation has been committed to supporting the next generation of new and powerful storytellers who represent our changing American landscape. Our investments seek to promote a more inclusive field and provide opportunities for gifted artists doing astonishing work.”

The partners for this round of funding include: Chicken & Egg Pictures (New York, NY), Film Independent (Los Angeles, CA), Independent Filmmaker Project (New York, NY), National Association of Independent Latino Producers (Los Angeles, CA), SFFILM (San Francisco, CA), Sundance Institute (Los Angeles, CA) and Tribeca Film Institute (New York, NY).

With their growing commitment to access and inclusion, these companies join the Time Warner Foundation in creating a more racially diverse ecosystem. All partners will use their funding to expand existing programs that champion underserved voices and catalyze networks to include more women and artists of color. All partners are united in the goal to aggressively pursue a more inclusive film industry by developing content and storytellers for audiences of today and tomorrow.

“The Time Warner Foundation envisions a Hollywood that will one day reflect the kaleidoscope of our diverse communities across the country. We are committed to building a pipeline of diverse artists who believe in the transformative power of great stories. The work of creating this space is ongoing and I feel confident in our partners to stay on the journey with us. We’re in this together” says Executive Director, Cultural Investments at Time Warner, Diahann Billings-Burford.  

About Our Partners

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. They envision a world in which women filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals, build sustainable careers, and achieve parity in all areas of the film industry. Chicken & Egg Pictures was founded in 2005 by Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, and Judith Helfand. Since inception, the organization has awarded over $5.4 million in grants and thousands of hours of creative mentorship to over 260 filmmakers. www.chickeneggpics.org

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent visual storytelling and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Anyone passionate about film can become a Member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional or a film lover. In addition to producing the Spirit Awards, Film Independent produces the LA Film Festival, Film Independent at LACMA Film Series and over 250 annual screenings and events. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year- round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. www.filmindependent.org

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. During its 38-year history, IFP has supported over 8,000 projects and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, including Debra Granik, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Michael Moore, Barry Jenkins, Laura Poitras, Dee Rees, and so many others. Founded in 1979, IFP is the largest and oldest not-for-profit dedicated to independent film. www.ifp.org

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino and Latina content creators. For close to 20 years, NALIP has been the premiere Latino media organization focused on advocating, promoting, and advancing for the largest, most underrepresented ethnic minority in the country. NALIP has had success holding eighteen Media Summits. During the annual Media Summit, 350 pitch meetings were organized between content creators and industry executives at the Latino Media Market™. We are now fundraising to support and expand these programs in 2017, plus solidify our organization’s infrastructure to better serve our membership and community. NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative (DWIMI) seeks to empower, inspire and advance women of diverse backgrounds to influential positions in media, to improve representation on and behind the camera. As of 2015, NALIP re-branded all our programs under the Latino Lens Incubator’s umbrella initiative that focuses on accessing avenues of content creation. By working with major studios, networks, companies and supporters like the Time Warner Foundation; original content is developed and produced by outstanding NALIP members in Documentary, TV, Streaming, Tech Arts, Short and Feature films. www.nalip.org

Sundance Institute, founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, is a nonprofit organization that provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, and new media to create and thrive. The Institute's signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences to artists in igniting new ideas, discovering original voices, and building a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Boyhood, Swiss Army Man, Manchester By the Sea, Brooklyn, Little Miss Sunshine, Life, Animated, Sonita, 20 Feet From Stardom, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station, Sin Nombre, Spring Awakening, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Fun Home. www.sundance.org

SFFILM champions the world's finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round nonprofit organization delivering screenings and events to film lovers from across the Bay Area and around the world, and media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of hundreds of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, fellowships, and other creative development services. www.sffilm.org

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) champions storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. Each year, TFI identifies a diverse group of exceptional filmmakers and media artists and empowers them with funding and resources to fully realize their stories and connect with audiences. Further, TFI's education programs empower students through hands-on training and exposure to socially relevant films, offering young people the media skills necessary to be creative and productive global citizens. TFI is a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001. www.tribecafilminstitute.org