queer-led intersectional television platform ‘open television’ (otv) furthers its mission to empower marginalized storytellers with the announcement of its 2022 fellowship program

January 13, 2022
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Queer-led, intersectional television platform OpenTelevision (OTV) continues to provide a pipeline to Hollywood for emerging television producers, writers, directors with the announcement of its 2022 OTV Fellowship ProgramEntering its third year, the OTV fellowship identifies and supports promising talent within the OTV community to support the development of a new project. Designed for emerging writers and directors, this program offers training to artists in the fundamentals of project and career development, offering stewardship as they embark on careers in the film and television industry. The fellowship prioritizes early-career artists who are still developing their portfolios and only have one or a few short projects produced. OTV Fellows must identify with multiple communities that have been historically marginalized in the film & TV business because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, class, disability, or citizenship status. 

“OTV Fellows serve as a constant reminder that there are so many passionate intersectional stories in the world,” says Elijah McKinnon, Executive Director/Co-Founder, OTV. “Each year, I’m blown away by the bravery, intention and authenticity shared in the applications. It’s a true testament to the fact that we all have a role to play in empowering our siblings, lovers, and friends to reach for their dreams. The time is now for us to invest in the next generation of intersectional storytellers.” 

Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend, specialized assistance, and resources from OTV as they develop their projects and careers as well as an invitation to a 2-day mentorship intensive program produced in partnership with the Sundance Institute. All participants are encouraged to attend the workshops and masterclasses offered in the OTV Study Hall series. 

You can view previous OTV fellows below.

OTV Fellows is expanding the initiative NATIONALLY​ and anyone interested can apply on the OTV website.