Are you an EMERGING filmmaker?

Want to get $$$ to make a short film?

We are looking for YOU!

Little Ugly, Ghetto Film School, Vimeo and Dolby Institute present:


Filmmaking Lab


Submit an application. Tell us about yourself. Share an idea.  

You will develop your idea into a script - then, you get to shoot it!  We'll help all along

the way. Three finalists will get:

$5K production grant


Vimeo Pro Account

One-on-one mentoring by award-winning director, Carlos Lopez Estrada (Blindspotting)

and producer Kimberly Stuckwisch, founders of Little Ugly, as well as other industry professionals

A panel of industry judges will select ONE GRAND-PRIZE WINNER from the finalists.

Industry judges include:

Producer Justin Springer (TRON: Legacy, Dumbo)

UTA literary agent Amanda Hymson

Dolby Institute Director Glenn Kiser

The winner gets to come to LA for an Industry Day, meetings with agents, managers and companies, and a non-exclusive contract with production company Little Ugly for the creation of short-form content. 

No professional experience is required to apply! All you need is an imaginative brain and good idea.



Questions about EMERGE? Contact 


79 Alexander Ave

4th Floor

Bronx, NY 10454


2701 Wilshire Blvd

Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90057



M-F: 10AM-6PM


Visitors of all abilities are welcome to participate in Ghetto Film School’s programs. For information about accessibility, programs and services for visitors with disabilities at our three sites, email or call 


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