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Gateway Entertainment.
Creating opportunity. Creating careers.

Gateway Entertainment is a new non-profit initiative dedicated to creating opportunities for underserved communities in filmed entertainment with a particular focus on developing behind-the-camera careers in the industry.

To launch Gateway Entertainment we organized the first-ever Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge held during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The lounge was developed as a place for Indigenous filmmakers to listen to panels, network, relax and get warm. Known officially as the Inaugural Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge, partners included IllumiNatives, Cherokee Nation Film Office, Paramount, Viacom/CBS, and a multitude of additional partners and supporters. The event was a recognized “Proud to be Legit” Sundance program where Amy Redford, daughter of Robert Redford, and Bird Runningwater, Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program Director, made opening remarks and welcomed the participants, panelists and sponsors. Notable participants included Effie Brown (producer and CEO of Gamechanger), Wilmer Valderrama (actor), Tilane Jones (producer and President of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY), and many others .

Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge

Register here for the 2022 IFL.
Lounge: January 21-22, 2022
10am-5pm
Sundance Film Festival 2022

Brought to you by Gateway Entertainment with the generous support of our sponsors and partners. Network and learn from Indigenous filmmakers, actors, and industry insiders in a casual setting right in the middle of all the Sundance action. More information and schedule will be coming soon.

To see photos from our 2020 Inaugural Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge visit our blog post here.

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Friday, January 21
10:00 AM - Opening and Welcome
10:30 AM - Honoring of Bird Runningwater
11:00 AM -
PANEL: Rez Dogs: A Window Into Growing Up in Indian Country
12:30 PM - Lunch and Reception with Native Sundance Fellows
1:30 PM -
PANEL/CAREERS: The Heart of Production: Native Crew and Film Entertainment
3:00 PM -
PANEL/CAREERS: Native Women in Filmed Entertainment
4:30 PM - Networking
6:00 PM - Lounge Closes


Saturday, January 22
8:30 AM - Doors Open, Networking and Coffee
9:30 AM - Youth Script Winner Award Ceremony
10:00 AM -
PANEL: The New Native: The Work Continues

12:30 PM - Lunch and Reception with Native Sundance Fellows
1:30 PM - PANEL/CAREERS: The Heart of Production: Native Crew and Film Entertainment
3:00 PM - PANEL/CAREERS: Native Women in Filmed Entertainment
4:30 PM - Networking
6:00 PM - Lounge Closes

Check back often. Schedule subject to change.
 
Attendees

930

Days

2

Panels

10

Speakers

27

Youth Scriptwriting Competition

What is it?

In its inaugural year, the Gateway Entertainment Youth Script Competition aims to provide teens from underserved tribal communities nationwide the opportunity to write a short script and have professional actors read their script at a public table read at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival Indigenous Filmmakers Lounge in Park City, UT.

All teen applicants will be introduced to the screen writing process through two FREE workshops. The workshops and competition are open to teens ages 13-18 who currently live in tribal communities in the United States.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

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