Caz Matthews is a Colorado-based supporter of SeriesFest and of the independent creators of television content who show their projects at the annual SeriesFest. In particular, Caz has an interest in providing funding to projects in which diversity stereotypes and unfavorable characterization of minority groups are dispelled. In conjunction with SeriesFest, Caz seeks to identify and financially support independent filmmakers who have important stories to tell and the desire to both create work as well as find distribution opportunities that further promote tolerance, acceptance, and understanding of all cultures and persons. Caz is of the belief that these producers, directors, actors, directors, screenwriters, etc. are generally underfunded and/or encounter more challenges in securing financing to get their work made and distributed.
Each year, SeriesFest identifies a short list of filmmakers whose projects have been accepted as official selections in the Independent Pilot, Digital Short Series, or Late Night competitions at SeriesFest and who meet certain eligibility criteria established by Caz Matthews. Such criteria are centered around diversity and inclusion stories as well as diversity within the creative teams who make them. During the festival, Caz requests to meet with a selection of filmmakers to further understand the impetus behind the projects and how the storylines will evolve. At the conclusion of the festival, none, some, or all, of the filmmakers will receive a one-time financial donation from the Caz Matthews Fund subject to affording a producer credit to SeriesFest for that particular work.
PREVIOUSLY FUNDED PROJECTS
Season 8 Winners
Elaine Del Valle
WE’RE DOING GOOD
lvira Ibragimova, Lana Link, and Rob Pfaltzgraff
Carlos Cardona and Sophia de Baun
MUSLIM GIRLS: DTF
Azziah Fatima and Atheer Yacoubhitaker
HOW NOT TO BE A JUNKIE
Andrea Metz and Michelle Peerali
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