Disney Launches ‘Dream Big Princess’ to Support Aspiring Female Filmmakers

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Disney launches a new program to support female filmmakers.

Disney is focused on changing the narrative. As part of Disney’s newly launched “Dream Big Princess” initiative, the studio has selected 21 girls and women from 13 countries to develop digital short films about women who inspire them.

The initiative also has a financial component, as each like and share of the projects on social media platforms with #DreamBigPrincess will translate to a $1 donation from Disney to the United Nations Foundation’s “Girl Up.” For their documentary productions, the filmmakers will share stories of real women working in various industries, including entertainment, sports, government, science, and philanthropy. Disney CCO, who won the 2014 animated feature Oscar for “Frozen,” will appear as one of the film subjects.

“Using the journeys of characters like Anna, Elsa, and Moana to inspire kids to dream big is at the very heart of what all of us at Disney do,” Lee said. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is the perfect extension of that vision, providing a powerful platform for the next generation of aspiring filmmakers to create content about the women who have inspired them.”

While developing their projects, the chosen filmmakers will participate in a series of professional workshops, including training with Apple experts, mentorship by the female-led production company Summerjax, and meetings with Disney veterans. The participants will then shoot their short films on an iPhone X.

Disney will share the films on various social media platforms starting October 10th and donations to “Girl Up” will be recorded and accepted through November 20th.


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