Chicago Film XLerator Program for BIPOC creators announces 2022 winner

The Chicago Film XLerator, a Creative Cypher Project is a content lab intended to discover new BIPOC talent and increase creative pipelines in the entertainment industry.

Founder Troy Pryor is an advocate for connecting undiscovered diverse talent to mainstream media platforms through his entertainment brands Creative Cypher and Pryor Holdings.

On Thursday, January 19th, 2022, the organization announced its third cycle winner, Kimberly Michelle Vaughn, and her project Hindsight. As the winner of the Chicago Film XLerator program, she will receive a $50k prize value to go towards her project and the opportunity to partner with executives from major entities to help produce and streamline the film. Funding partners include Chicago Filmmakers, BTEC, Camera Ambassador and Periscope Post and Audio.

Comprised of executive mentors from major companies including Bron Studios, Netflix, BET, HBOMax, Univision, and more, the Chicago Film XLerator has built an extensive list of qualified executives, producers, and actors.

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Since its inception, the organization has garnered the attention of executives in the film and TV industry including Teri Avisure (SVP of Social Impact & Sustainability Univision), Lamorne Morris (Actor and Producer “Woke”)  Barry Brewer (Actor and Producer), Brenda Gilbert (Co-Founder & President of Bron Studios), Darrien Gipson (Executive Director of SAGindie), Tiffany Williams (EVP of Development BET), Jaleel White (Actor and Producer) James Ward (Multicultural Publicity Executive at Netflix), Whitney McGowan (HBOMax, Marketing), Dometi Pongo (Host, Producer MTV) and more! 

The Chicago Film XLerator prize package also includes placement in Chicago’s Filmmakers Showcase, Black Harvest Film Festival Passes, a 1-year membership to Chicago’s Screenwriters Network, Monthly customized care packages provided by Lusters, Niche on Demand: Fundraising and Marketing consultations, 50% off equipment rental from Camera Ambassador, courses at The Second City,  and more. Now entering a new cycle, The Chicago Film XLerator program is currently scaling to 6 additional cities including Atlanta, Milwaukee, Miami, London, Puerto Rico, and LA. 

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