HBO has launched HBOAccess, a 4-week program which gives diverse filmmakers the chance to receive not only valuable mentorship and learning opportunities, but actual short-form content for one of their many different platforms, including HBO Go, HBO, HBO's YouTube channel, HBO.com, film festivals, charity screenings and other outlets as well. Applications are now being accepted, so continue on to find out more about the program, as well as eligibility.
Running for 4 weeks in June, HBOAccess is a program that gives participants a rare opportunity to receive mentorship and project development in order to produce short-form content for one of their various platforms. HBO has opened this program specifically to diverse filmmakers. For a definition on exactly what HBO considers that to be, here's what they say on their Withoutabox page:
For the purposes of the HBOACCESS program, diversity is defined as those who identify as Asian Pacific American, Sub-Continent Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and women.
Applicants must provide the following for the online application form:
- Personal essay explaining how your diversity has worked to your advantage. Please limit your response to 750 words.
- Resume and/or biography including directing experience, or work resume (with applicable experience or employment).
- 1 Narrative Directing Sample (full-length features, shorts, or webisodes, no reels)
Accepted candidates get paired with a mentor, an HBO development executive, who will guide them throughout their program. Together they will develop the project approved during the application process. HBO will also provide a series of masterclasses taught by HBO executives and creative talent. After the 4 weeks are up, each project will be considered to be produced as a 10 - 15 minute film or a series of webisodes to air on various HBO platforms.
The deadline to submit your work is March 3, 2014 or whichever date HBO reaches their submission cap (500 entries), whichever occurs first. For more info, as well as the application form, head on over to HBOAccess' Withoutabox site.