The Black List has partnered with IllumiNative and Sundance Institute for the inaugural Indigenous List, which will feature film and television scripts authored by Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native Film artists working in the U.S. Filmmakers and content creators are invited to submit a script of any genre for consideration by uploading it to The Black List website, with submissions being accepted until September 27, 2020. Feature film, one-hour, and half-hour original pilot submissions will be considered for this opportunity (no webseries, please.)  


Please join Sundance Institute's Bird Runningwater, Director for the Indigenous Program, Founder of The Black List, Franklin Leonard, joined by Crystal Echohawk, CEO and founder of IllumiNative - in a live informational webinar to answer your questions about The Indigenous List.

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Franklin Leonard is a film producer, cultural commentator, professor, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the Black List, the company that celebrates and supports great screenwriting and the writers who do it via film production, its annual survey of best unproduced screenplays, online marketplace, live staged script readings, screenwriter labs, and film culture publications more...
Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), is the founder and Executive Director of IllumiNative, the first and national, Native-led nonprofit committed to amplifying contemporary Native voices, stories and issues to advance justice, equity and social impact. Crystal founded IllumiNative to activate a cohesive set of research-informed strategies to disrupt the invisibility and toxic stereotypes Native peoples face. more...
Bird Runningwater belongs to the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache Tribal Nations, and grew up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Since 2001 he has guided the Sundance Institute’s investment in Native American and Indigenous filmmakers while building a global Indigenous film community. He has nurtured a new generation of filmmakers whose films have put Indigenous Cinema into the global marketplace. more...

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