Global Tequila brand Hornitos has teamed up with The Black List to help emerging filmmakers take their shot in the first-of-its-kind short film program.
Producer and screenwriter hub the Black List today announced the 2021 Black List X Hornitos “Take Your Shot” Short Film Program, a unique granting program aimed at supporting and amplifying underrepresented, creative voices in the film industry.
As part of Hornitos’ The Shot Fund – a multi-year, investment platform dedicated to empowering creative entrepreneurs taking shots at trailblazing ventures in their careers – this collaboration will support five emerging filmmakers. Turning screenplays into proof of concept short films, the five filmmakers will receive both funding and mentorship from the Black List.
“Hornitos Tequila has a history of pushing boundaries for the betterment of tequila, and through our partnership with the Black List, we seek to honour that same innovative spirit while spotlighting some of the most overlooked creatives in film,” said Rashidi Hodari, Managing Director of Tequila at Beam Suntory.
“It’s a major step for anyone to develop their writing into a visual film, and that bold chance is something Hornitos aims to encourage, celebrate and make possible.”
Beginning now and continuing through August 31, 2021, screenwriters 21+ are invited to submit their script to blcklst.com/HornitosTakeYourShot. Up to 20 short-list writers will be notified on September 1, 2021 and invited to submit additional materials.
From the shortlist, five screenwriters will be selected by Hornitos and the Black List on October 1, 2021 to be a part of the 2021 Black List x Hornitos Tequila “Take Your Shot” program. Filmmakers will have until December 31, 2021 to wrap production on their short and until January 31, 2022 to finish post-production and submit the completed film to Hornitos and the Black List.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Hornitos on this program,” said Franklin Leonard, Founder of the Black List. “It’s one thing to encourage filmmakers to make a proof of concept short in the hopes of getting financing for a feature, as we all often hear. It’s quite another to give them the financial resources to do so. Now’s the time, filmmakers: Take your shot. There are grants available for five of you so that you can.”
For more information on Hornitos, go to hornitostequila.com