Frieze today announced details of the 2021 Deutsche Bank Frieze Los Angeles Film Award, in collaboration with Endeavor Content and the acclaimed non-profit academy Ghetto Film School (GFS). Now in its second year, the prize provides a platform and development program for emerging Los Angeles-based filmmakers aged 18 – 34. The initiative offers 10 aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to embark on a rigorous four-month program at GFS, culminating at Frieze Los Angeles 2021.
Selected from an open call, the shortlisted fellows for the 2021 fellowship are as follows: Tayo Amos, Alyse Arteaga, Giselle Bonilla, Jeremy Burkett, Jane Chow, Ashley Chrisman, David Liu, Ciara Zoe, John Rizkallah and Andrés Vázquez. Tasked with responding to a brief to explore the ocean as a framework for thinking about the complex environment of Los Angeles, the fellows produced individual short films that will be screened on the occasion of Frieze Los Angeles 2021.
The winner will be selected by a jury composed of leading art and film industry figures including Stephanie Allain (award-winning producer), Thelma Golden (Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem), Alana Mayo (President of Orion Pictures) and Naomi Scott (actor, musician, producer).
The below individuals have made this Award possible and will also serve on the jury: Claudio de Sanctis (Head of International Private Bank, CEO EMEA, Deutsche Bank), Amanda Sharp (Co-Founder of Frieze), Dan Guando (SVP Film Development & Production, Endeavor Content) and Sharese Bullock-Bailey (Chief Strategy & Partnership Office, Ghetto Film School).
‘As we enter our second year of the Frieze LA Film Award, I can genuinely say GFS SCOPE is honoured to help grow the Fellowship experience and further expand industry involvement with the support of our colleagues at Frieze, Endeavor Content and Deutsche Bank. Together, we strive to highlight unique, inclusive and creative narratives and our commitment to these ten talented filmmakers has only grown deeper. At a time when many have paused, our partnership pushes forward with inspiration and continued momentum.’Sharese Bullock-Bailey, Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer, Ghetto Film School commented:
In addition to the main prize, 2021 sees the introduction of the Audience Award, enabling the public to vote for their favorite entry. Voting for the Audience Award opens the week of June 28, 2021 and will run through until the week of July 26, 2021. The winners of both the main prize and the Audience Award will be announced during a special invitation-only event at Frieze Los Angeles 2021.
Stills from the Fellows’ films will feature on Frieze Viewing Room, alongside an introductory video detailing the second iteration of the prize.