Disney Launchpad looks to diversify director ranks with new initiative

“Our goal is to have a reflection of the world as it is in the voices of  these directors," says Julie Ann Crommett, Disney's vice president of  multicultural audience engagement. (Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)

“Our goal is to have a reflection of the world as it is in the voices of these directors," says Julie Ann Crommett, Disney's vice president of multicultural audience engagement. (Valerie Macon / AFP/Getty Images)

The next big Disney director could be one short film away from their big break via Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator. The inaugural program will give six filmmakers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to produce short films for the studio behind the $1.3 billion-grossing “Black Panther” and $1.1 billion-grossing “Captain Marvel.”

The Launchpad program will consider applicants from underrepresented communities “including but certainly not limited to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, various religious groups, military veterans, people with disabilities, and others,” according to a Disney press release on Monday. . .

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