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Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator Unveils 2020 Directors

Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator, a new filmmaking program dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices, has welcomed Ann Marie Pace, Aqsa Altaf, Hao Zheng, Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, Moxie Peng and Stefanie Abel Horowitz as its six directors for the program’s inaugural year, developing projects centered on the theme “Discover.”

“We are so excited to work with these six wonderful and talented directors who have so much to say to the world and have such beautiful ways of saying it,” said Mahin Ibrahim, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Market at The Walt Disney Studios, who oversees the Launchpad program.

Announced in mid-2019, the Launchpad program serves as an entry point for emerging filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds who will have the opportunity to present diverse perspectives through the production of original, live-action short films under the mentorship of creative executives from across The Walt Disney Company. The shorts created by program participants will have the opportunity to live on Disney+ and may be considered for further development.

The program based at The Walt Disney Studios began earlier this year with the directors diving into script development, mentoring and classes, most conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ultimate goal of Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator is for The Walt Disney Company to be a part of the directors’ journeys, even after they have completed the Launchpad.

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Jul 31, 2020 at 05:21

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