By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 12, 2014 at 2:59PM
Film Life. Inc. is now accepting submissions for its 6th annual Star Project - a competition sponsored by NBCUniversal, designed to discover outstanding talent and help present them with exciting new career opportunities.
“We are proud to partner with ABFF in providing support for emerging multicultural film and television talent” said Karen Horne, Vice President, Programming Talent Development and Inclusion, NBCUniversal. “The Star Project is an important way that NBCUniversal is able to further its commitment to finding and nurturing the next generation of culturally diverse talent in front of and behind the camera.”
To enter the Star Project contest, candidates must submit two videotaped monologues: one of their choice, and one issued by NBCUniversal and the ABFF, by no later than March 17, 2014.
Three male and three female actors will be selected from the year’s entries, and two grand prize winners (one actor and one actress) will be introduced to the industry during the festival’s closing awards ceremony, "ABFF Honors."
Grand prizes winners will have the opportunity to meet with casting directors for film and television at NBCUniversal in Los Angeles, and one of the two will be granted a walk-on role on NBC’s Days of our Lives.
“In eighteen years of the festival, I have found very few companies as committed to diversity as NBCUniversal. I’m delighted that they see the necessity in helping multicultural actors gain visibility and am grateful for the opportunities that they are able to provide them,” said ABFF founder and CEO of Film Life, Inc., Jeff Friday.
Notable past Star Project winners include actress Emayatzy Corinealdi, Gotham Award Breakout Role recipient for her star turn in Middle of Nowhere, and was recently featured in Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Rising Star” advertising campaign, as well as a short film series for Italian fashion house Prada’s Miu Miu line (2013).