Funding Future Filmmakers

16 Mar 2017 - By TW Staff

The Time Warner Foundation and the Brooklyn College Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema share a common mission: to cultivate new voices in the film and television industries. This shared vision led to the creation of the Time Warner Scholars program in 2015. The program provides funds to talented students from underrepresented communities wishing to pursue a career in the film industry. 

“The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is already a key player in bringing new and diverse voices into the film and television industry,” said the school’s director, Jonathan Wacks. “We are very proud of our young, creative, and energetic film school and very grateful to Time Warner for its support as we discover and nurture this next generation of storytellers.”

Two students have received scholarships of $25,000 through the Time Warner program. The scholarships are awarded based on the students’ talent and demonstrated financial need.

The Time Warner scholars program fits into the Foundation’s broader mission to support and foster the development of outstanding media, arts and culture programs that nurture young talent through its Next Generation portfolio. Recognizing the importance of diverse voices and story tellers to the industry, the Foundation— now celebrating its tenth year—aims to support the vitality of programs that champion young talent. 

Located at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Feirstein is the only public film school in America on a working film lot. A recent New York Times article took an in-depth look at the school and the promise it holds for creating a more diverse Hollywood. Read the article here