It can be said that Ava DuVernay is only doing what the Creator ordained her to do. After showing a sneak peek at her new CW show, Naomi, and speaking out in support of Naomi Osaka—DuVernay’s Array has announced a partnership with Google to create a new $500,000 feature film grant for rising creatives from historically underrepresented communities.
The acclaimed director hopes to smooth the path for the next woman or person of color with a $500,000 filmmaking grant offered in partnership with Google. The grant is designed to finance the recipient’s first feature-length film, and, in the process, help foster a diverse community of storytellers.
Ava DuVernay’s arts and social impact collective Array has continually made good on its mission to amplify the careers of underserved creatives and crew members in film and TV, with a number of initiatives across its various production, distribution, and nonprofit arms.