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Winners of 2024 The Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School New Voices. New Visions. Competition Announced

10/11/2023

10 November 2023, 10:00 (PST) Winners of 2024 Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School New Voices. New Visions. Competition Announced

Dolby is investing over $200,000 in the program this year in support of four emerging filmmakers

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San Francisco (November 10th, 2023) - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, and award-winning nonprofit Ghetto Film School (GFS), today announced the winners of the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School New Voices. New Visions. 2024 competition.

This year, the competition encouraged applicants to create an original short film concept that exemplified their singular voice and vision, and would benefit from the ultra-vivid color of Dolby Vision and the immersive sound of Dolby Atmos. The 2024 winning filmmakers are Dwayne LeBlanc, Antonello Velez, and directing/writing duo Sarah Jean Williams and Luna Garcia.

Over the course of nine months, the selected creatives will receive ongoing mentorship from leading filmmakers like Carlos L pez Estrada (Raya and the Last Dragon, Blindspotting) and DANIELS (Everything Everywhere All At Once), production support from Antigravity Academy, and individual $25,000 grants to fund the production costs of their short films. The winners will also be supported by a technical team from Dolby that will help grade the visuals of their films in Dolby Vision and mix the sound in Dolby Atmos.

This will be the third group of filmmakers to go through the Dolby and Ghetto Film School program. For the first time this year, Dolby and GFS staff will assist the winners in submitting the finalized short films to leading film festivals.

Ghetto Film School's access to top-tier talent and Dolby's premier audiovisual technologies have led the two organizations to an advantageous partnership, pairing diverse storytellers with industry-leading innovative technologies to develop impactful stories through motion pictures. Since their original collaboration in 2014, GFS and Dolby have helped bolster the careers of over 8,000 emerging filmmakers annually across the United States. Under this initiative, they've successfully upheld their mission to support diverse voices, advance the creative industry, and promote an inclusive culture through various programs such as the New Voices. New Visions. competition and the EMERGE! Filmmaking Lab.

Building on our successful partnership with Ghetto Film School, we are thrilled to continue our support of the next generation of filmmakers in year three of this competition, said Glenn Kiser, Dolby Institute Director. We came up with the New Voices. New Visions. theme this year to allow the creative voices of our filmmakers to take center stage, and we are blown away by the incredible talent of our winners. We can't wait to support them on their journeys to bring their films to life with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

This program was conceived to support and develop early career filmmakers by placing them in positions of creative leadership, said Ghetto Film School CEO and alumna Montea Robinson. And this year's theme, New Voices. New Visions, builds upon this mission, underscoring the importance of providing top-tier talent with the resources to realize their unique visions. We appreciate the team at Dolby Institute for being such dedicated partners and incredible resources for our filmmakers.

Selected Filmmakers

DWAYNE LEBLANC

Dwayne LeBlanc is a Los Angeles-based, first-generation, Caribbean American filmmaker. Primarily self-taught, his practice focuses on themes of migration, visibility, and dual identities. His debut narrative short film, Civic, won both the Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Departures Mid-Length Short at the Indie Memphis Film Festival and a Special Jury Recognition at the New Orleans Film Festival. He was also named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2023 25 New Faces of Independent Film.

Now, Hear Me Good

Logline: After hosting a party in his new home abroad, a musician explores his sense of community and in exile rediscovers his voice.

ANTONELLO VELEZ

Antonello Velez is a native New York-based filmmaker, focused on bringing authenticity and heart to storytelling. After graduating from Iona University, he's directed ads for high-profile brands such as NFL, Cigna, and Red Bull as well as working with premiere agencies 72andSunny, Edelman, and McCann. In 2021, he produced, directed, and edited a short documentary titled Where There's Smoke, which shed light on the duality of California's wildfires.

Hit Me

Logline: A retired boxer seeks to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter, who's following in his footsteps by becoming a fighter. The catch: she'll only accept him as her trainer if he defeats her in the ring.

SARAH JEAN WILLIAMS & LUNA GARCIA

Williams was born and raised in Los Angeles. Focused on storytelling, she has a desire to reframe the fantasy genre to represent contemporary culture and make space for voices today. Sarah Jean is in her final year at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has made films in partnership with Netflix, Neutrogena, and the Huntington Museum.

Garcia is a 23-year-old creative from Los Angeles, CA. At sixteen, she penned her first short film, Charley Horse, which went on to compete at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, SFFILM, and the Bentonville Film Festival. With a background in stand-up comedy, Luna's creative work is defined by her biting sense of humor and grounded social observations. She graduated from Yale University in May 2023 with a degree in American Studies.

You're Dead

Logline: Youre Dead is a story about our protagonist Talia, who is consumed by grief after her sisters recent passing. She sets out on a journey through the afterlife, determined to reunite with her sibling.

2024 Mentors

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