Hyde Park, Warner Music & Film Independent Name Fast Track Fellowship Award Winner – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group and Warner Music Entertainment, the film and television division of Warner Music Group, have announced the winner of the Hyde Park Entertainment & Warner Music Entertainment Fast Track Fellowship as part of their Asian Women Fellowship programme.

Writer/director Tiffanie Hsu and producer Pin-Chun Liu were chosen from an initial shortlist of ten finalists and received a $12,500 grant and development support. Their winning design, Wonderland, follows an intrepid ten-year-old girl who sets out on a journey to track down her mother, who disappears in Las Vegas with the family money. With the help of a devious and ambitious wizard, she hopes to get her mother home in time for Christmas before her father finds out.

The initiative, run in partnership with Film Independent, is designed to showcase female-identifying writers and filmmakers who are Asian or part of the Asian diaspora and are ready to take their next step into the mainstream entertainment industry. With guidance from industry consultants at the top of their fields, winners continue to develop and package their feature film projects, with the ultimate goal of purchasing the final scripts for major studios and streamers. The Fellowship is in line with Hyde Park Entertainment and Warner Music Group’s shared and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Tiffany Hsu

Hsu said, “We are thrilled to be part of an initiative committed to empowering Asian women to tell their stories. Wonderland it is deeply meaningful to Pin-Chun and I – both the short film we made together and the feature film we are developing – and we couldn’t be happier to share it now with Hyde Park Entertainment and Warner Music Entertainment. Their belief that our story about family, love, obsessive behavior of all kinds, and a little bit of magic can reach a wider audience is why we do this work.”

Hsu added, “As a young assistant, I remember sharing my dream of directing one day only to be met with discouragement due to my gender and race. Now, those qualities are not something I hide, but I celebrate them and this Hyde Park/Warner Music grant is part of that.”

Pin Chun Liu

Sari Arambulo, the program’s inaugural fellow, continues to benefit from intense creative support and industry guidance for her project Foodiewhich is currently being developed as part of the ongoing program that started earlier this year.

In addition to prize money, Fellowship winners will participate in Film Independent’s various workshops, creative incubators and mentorship program supported by Hyde Park Entertainment, Warner Music Entertainment and Film Independent.

Asian women remain underrepresented both behind and in front of the camera. According to a study conducted by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in 2021, of the last 1,300 major releases, only 1% were directed by women from underrepresented ethnic groups and only 7% of main characters were of Asian ancestry. The program will be overseen by a Hyde Park team led by Priya Amritraj, VP of Film & TV, and Carl Clifton, head of Hyde Park International.

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