Hayden5 RISE & Video Consortium’s 2021 Gear Grant Launches

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Developing filmmakers in underserved communities will be awarded production equipment under the program.

In partnership with video-journalist and documentary filmmaking network Video Consortium, Hayden5 has launched Gear Grant. The new initiative is meant to support underrepresented, emerging filmmakers and visual journalists.

In addition to the video camera equipment package, Hayden5 RISE will award the winning recipient with a cash prize of approximately $15,000 USD. An independent group will form a decision-making panel, which will hear the winning submission on August 17th.

The following criteria will be used to select the winners:

  • A traditionally underrepresented background is a requirement
  • By using nuanced, cinematic, and sensitive storytelling skills, applicants must demonstrate their potential for excellence as a storyteller.
  • A minimum of 2-6 years’ industry experience is required.
  • Candidates must be employed in New York or Los Angeles at the time of application.

Milos Silber, Hayden5’s co-founder with Todd Wiseman Jr., added, “We are thrilled that the Hayden5 RISE Scholarship, in partnership with CUNY, has already provided financial support to a deserving yet underserved filmmaker since we launched in 2020. In continuing our mission to create a better and more equitable industry, we are excited to be partnering with the Video Consortium to expand the initiative through the Gear Grant.”

“The Video Consortium is working diligently to level the industry playing field for emerging filmmakers and visual journalists around the globe,” says Sky Dylan-Robbins, Founder, Executive Director of the Video Consortium.

“Ensuring that they have access to gear is an integral part of that picture, and we’re so thrilled to partner with Hayden5 through its RISE program to contribute to overcoming the many systemic barriers of this industry.”

The application period is from June 21 – July 19 at the following link: https://www.videoconsortium.org/hayden5-rise






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