First Frame Initiative is a free program designed to help new filmmakers cut years off the path to achieving their dreams. Part education on the biz, part hands on (working with actors, filming reel material), fellows in this initiative will end the 8 month program better equipped to take their careers to the next level.

Filmmakers who have directed 3 shorts or less are eligible to submit to this program.

In the program you will:

  • Learn budgeting, permits, legalities, how to talk to actors, why every person is on set & how to utilize them, and everything and anything in between.
  • Meet with professionals in the industry who will share their knowledge, as well as become lifelong connections for your career.
  • Team up with actors from our Emerging Actors Initiative for a monthly hands on directing class, as well as a few filmed scenes.
  • All filmmakers encouraged to apply (LGBTQ+, BIPOC, disabled, etc).
  • Fellows will be selected by a panel of industry experts.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Directed at least one short, not more than 3 shorts/projects.
  • Must collaborate and support fellows in the initiative (this is not a self-serving program).
  • Must be willing to reach out to mentors and speakers on behalf of the initiative.
  • Must be able to state your goals as a director clearly.
  • Due to the nature of in-person classrooms, must be a Los Angeles local. 
  • Must be available for 2 or more meetings (in person and/or Zoom) per month.
  • Must be available for filming dates.

Submission Requirements

  1. Directing Reel and/or work sample clips 
  2. Full short film (minimum one, maximum 3)
  3. Essay statement on how you can benefit from this initiative and how you will help your fellows benefit.
  4. Essay statement on your goals as a director

Blackmagic Collective Initiatives are about the COMMUNITY.  Please only apply if you are willing and able to help the fellows in the initiative with you grow, connect, and work. 

Applications open June 18

Applications launch: June 18, 2021
Applications close: June 30
Interviews week of: July 5
First meeting week of: July 19
Program concludes: Feb 25, 2022

There are no fees to apply or be a part of the initiatives.

Note that Blackmagic Collective members who apply will be considered first and you must be a member if selected. Membership is free. Click below to join!