Q What is the MTV ENTERTAINMENT STUDIOS’ First Time Directors Initiative (Initiative)?
A The Initiative was designed to attract the talents of a diverse group of filmmakers including BIPOC and women filmmakers. Participating filmmakers will have the opportunity to work alongside high-profile executive producers and create original movies that will premiere in our portfolio. We believe our community is enriched when the stories told on film reflect the distinct vision of independent artists from every facet of our multi-cultural community. We are seeking fresh, unique, and exceptional talent behind the camera.
Q What is the current submission period for the MTV Entertainment Studios’ First Time Directors Initiative?
A The current submission window for the First Time Directors Initiative begins 12:00 AM ET on August 2, 2021 through September 1, 2021 at 11:59 PT.
Q How old do I have to be to apply?
A You must be 18 years or older as of September 1, 2021 to apply or be considered for the First Time Directors Initiative.
Q How many participants will be selected to enter the First Time Directors Initiative?
A The class size will depend on the discretion of MTV Entertainment Studios and the composition of candidates available to match to projects.
Q Is the First Time Directors Initiative full-time?
A If selected to direct a project, participants are expected to commit to the project/program in a manner consistent with industry standards, which will require exclusivity during production periods. There may also be meetings and seminars that require attendance as part of the FTD Initiative.
Q Are program participants compensated?
A Participants who are hired as a First Time Director on a project will be compensated and may also receive reimbursement for any travel or lodging required by MTV Entertainment Studios.
Q Who oversees the Initiative?
A MTV Entertainment Studios’ Content Team will oversee the First Time Directors Initiative, in partnership with participating MTV Entertainment Group brand representatives.