This year's Rise Above event is MOVING ONLINE! Stay tuned for more information coming soon and a new multi-day event schedule.

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 in January of 2020 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 Cherokee Nation Film Office, Paramount, Viacom/CBS, and a multitude of additional partners and supporters. 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.

In 2022 we will be expanding the lounge to better align with our mission of assisting all underserved communities. This year's event, Rise Above - Emerging Voices in Entertainment, will promise to be even more engaging, more robust, and more entertaining over the two-day event.

Filmmakers Lounge 2022:
Rise Above - Emerging Voices in Entertainement

Register HERE for free. Schedule coming soon.
New multi-day schedule coming soon.

This year's event has moved to an online format due to the rise in COVID cases. More information and schedule will be coming soon.

To see photos from our 2020 inaugural event visit our blog post here.









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 during the Rise Above event happening at the end of January 2022 in Park City, UT.

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

Registration is now closed. Winners will be announced mid-December 2021.


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Youth Scriptwriting Competition winners announced mid-December 2021.