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Posted: 8/11/2020

Storytelling as an art form unites us and liberates us – and never have we craved the human connections and sense of community stories to promote more than right now. In an effort to spark emerging voices from underrepresented creative communities across the country, Gemstone Studios’ pilot program is calling out for creators to share their stories at a time we need them most.

Launching August 12 at Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival with a panel of distinctive female pioneers in the creative space, RISING STORYTELLER SEARCH is a three month campaign designed to source and elevate diverse creators with authentic, bold, and undeniable voices.

Submissions will be self-taped and submitted via then four breakout finalists will be paired with studio mentors to pitch their concept to a panel of industry judges. The winner will be offered a development deal with GEMSTONE STUDIOS, a Sony Pictures Company, worth $30,000 and the chance to work with industry creatives dedicated to developing their story!

The creator of the winning proposal will also be offered a Sony Alpha Camera Body, Model a7S III, lenses, other camera equipment and access to Sony DMPC technical-virtual training. In addition, the three finalists will each receive a Sony Alpha Camera Body, Model a7 III as well as other items. The winner and the finalists will also receive a 24-month subscription to Celtx Video Production Studio Software with personalized instruction and training, as well as Josefinas products.

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