It can be said that Ava DuVernay is only doing what the Creator ordained her to do. After showing a sneak peek at her new CW show, Naomi, and speaking out in support of Naomi Osaka—DuVernay’s Array has announced a partnership with Google to create a new $500,000 feature film grant for rising creatives from historically underrepresented communities.
According to Variety, the endowment is referred to as The Array + Google Feature Film Grant, and will provide $500,000 as funds to allow the recipient to produce their first full-length feature. The initiative speaks to ongoing efforts in the Black community and Hollywood, with direct involvement from Array and Google, to help amplify marginalized voices and thereby build toward a more equitable and inclusive artistic community.
With a film advisory committee behind choosing the recipient, companies such as UrbanWorld, the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, IllumiNative, Film Independent, and Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will have their hands full as we’re happily in the midst of a creative renaissance.