Codeblack Films, USC Launch Scholarship Program For Diverse Students

March 25, 2015  |  

Codeblack Films, a division of Lionsgate, and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts have partnered for the Lionsgate/Codeblack Films Fund for Student Support, which will provide scholarship funding to students enrolled in the program. Priority will be given to African-American students who have a need determined by the school’s financial aid office.

The first $50,000 will be awarded next month.

Alongside the scholarship opportunity, the film company is also launching the Codeblack Screenwriting Contest that will award $25,000 to the best feature film and TV scripts submitted. Both should be geared towards Black audiences.

“We’re delighted to support diverse new voices and encourage emerging filmmakers to continue painting pictures that offer a richer and more complete portrayal of the world around us. USC’s School of Cinematic Arts has a legacy of encouraging its student body to explore new perspectives, and we’re excited to partner with them to continue that tradition,” said Jeff Clanagan, the founder and president of Codeblack.

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