FILM -- JULY 2019



With a focus on building a more inclusive entertainment industry, Walt Disney Pictures is looking for experienced directors from underrepresented backgrounds with diverse and varied perspectives, including but certainly not limited to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, various religious groups, military veterans, people with disabilities and others, to produce a short in the Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator program.

Inspired by life’s journey, the shorts should be based on the theme of “discover.” In the Launchpad, the director(s) of each project will be paired with Disney creative executives who will serve as mentors. Select shorts will have the opportunity to live on Disney+ and may be considered for further development for long-form or episodic motion pictures, based on the short’s quality, performance on the platform, future arc, and other factors, though future development is not guaranteed.

The Launchpad is a seven (7) month program and will include the following (please note that time frames and program parameters are subject to change):

  • Three (3) months of script development and professional development classes, specifically designed to strengthen your professional and storytelling skills.

  • Bringing the robust curriculum of the American Film Institute (“AFI”) to the Launchpad, classes will be led primarily by our educational partner, AFI, and held once or twice per week on the Disney studio lot in Burbank, California from 7pm - 10pm PT, with one (1) Saturday field trip to the AFI campus in Los Angeles.

  • A staggered production schedule, which will include: up to four (4) weeks of pre-production, principal photography, and up to six (6) weeks of post-production.

DEADLINE: July 2, 2019