Calling All Women of Color: The Reel Sisters Microbudget Film Fellowship Is Looking for You

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The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, the first Academy-rated festival dedicated to women filmmakers, is offering female creators a unique opportunity.

Through its Microbudget Film Fellowship, the festival offers women of color a $5,000 opportunity to produce a web series pilot.

“The winner will receive $5,000 to produce the first episode of a web series, which can be used as a calling card to attract a producer and other film opportunities. You will be guided on your journey in learning the art of creating a high-quality micro-budget film. Story is Queen,” said Carolyn Butts, founder of Reel Sisters, in a press release.

The selected winner will keep full production and copyright of their film. The only requirement is that Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series be listed in the production credits.

The pilot episode of the web series or short film will be aired on the Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema web series and screened at the annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora International Film Festival, held every year since 1997.

This festival is the first Academy-qualified festival for short narratives dedicated to showcasing films produced, directed, and written by women of color and is ranked in the top three of the top 10 internationally recognized women-focused film festivals. The festival accepts all genres and formats, with a special interest in submissions from animation and web series producers. Films co-directed, co-produced, or co-written with a male filmmaker are eligible for submission.

If you would like to be part of this unique adventure, visit for more details.