New ‘Def’ Scholarship Offers Funding For Filmmakers

Russell Simmons and

Stan Lathan will launch the Alumni Def Filmmaker Award with New York University’s

Kanbar Institute, to help graduating film students from the Kanbar Institute of

Film and Television at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts

The finalist, who

will be chosen by judges from Kanbar and SLMG, will receive $300,000 in production

funding for features and up to $150,000 for documentaries.

The award was created

with Simmons’ and Lathan’s Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG) and

NYU’s Kanbar Institute of Film and Television.

"In our continued

effort to expand filmmaking opportunities for the most talented story-tellers

in Hip-Hop/Urban culture, we are extremely pleased to be partnering with the

Tisch School’s Kanbar Institute, which has educated some of the most talented

and acclaimed filmmakers in the industry today," said Will Griffin, president

of SLMG.

The contest is

open to Tisch film students who have graduated within the past 5 years and must

be in the Hip-Hop/Urban genre.

Hopefuls have until

February 15th to submit screenplays, treatments or films.

Tisch is one of

the most esteemed film schools in the world. This year, alumni of the school

dominated the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with nine films in competition, winning

10 honors in some 21 award categories.

The winner of the

Alumni Def Filmmaker Award will be announced May 1st. For additional information

or to apply, contact: Bradley Essex at 212.992.8461.

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