Do you like short films? We love short films! And that’s why we’re ecstatic about Disney’s Launchpad. Launchpad is a new collection of short films by newcomer filmmakers from significantly underrepresented backgrounds. Can May 28th just get here soon so we can watch it all, please?
Season One will have six short stories, with entirely different protagonists and storylines, but based on a single theme: “Discovery.” Do you know that feeling you get when you see a trailer and immediately think, “This is going to be cute and make me emotional?” Yeah, that’s what we thought watching this:
Each of the six filmmakers had an executive mentor who works for some division of Disney (like Disney+, LucasFilm, Marvel, etc.). And can we just say thank you, Disney, for giving voice to these newcomers who are sure to be some of our new favorites in the industry.
If you are also a new filmmaker with a great idea for a short film, you can submit it here starting May 10th for their next season. After that, Disney will accept applications until June 11th. Season Two’s theme will be “Connection.” We haven’t even watched season one and are already looking forward to what comes of season two.
And finally, look at the synopsis for the six short films from season one:
American Eid, written and directed by Aqsa Altaf
“Ameena, a Pakistani Muslim immigrant, wakes up on Eid to find out that she has to go to school. Homesick and heartbroken, she goes on a mission to make Eid a public-school holiday, and in the process, reconnects with her older sister, and embraces her new home, while her new home embraces her.”
Dinner Is Served, directed by Hao Zheng, written by G. Wilson & Hao Zheng
“A Chinese student at an elite U.S. boarding school realizes excellence is not enough when he tries out for a leadership position no international student has ever applied for.”
Growing Fangs, written and directed by Ann Marie Pace
“Val Garcia, a Mexican-American teen who is half-human/half-vampire, has had to keep her identity a secret from both worlds. But when her human best friend shows up at her monster-infested school, she has to confront her truth, her identity, and herself.”
The Last Of The Chupacabras, written and directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros
“In a world where culture has nearly ceased to exist, one lone Mexican-American struggling to carry on her traditions unknowingly summons a dark and ancient creature to protect her.”
Let’s Be Tigers, written and directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz
“Avalon’s not ready to process the loss of her mother, but when she’s put in charge of a 4-year-old for one night, she finds more comfort than she ever could have expected.”
The Little Prince(ss), written and directed by Moxie Peng
“When Gabriel, a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet, becomes friends with Rob, another Chinese kid from school, Rob’s dad gets suspicious about Gabriel’s feminine behavior and decides to intervene.”
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