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Reel Start

Reel Start's mission is to build a diverse entertainment industry by introducing opportunities and career paths to youth traditionally underrepresented in the film and television industry and to build a path from the classroom to employment.


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  • CREATE ·2023 Grants Challenge

    Transforming Futures: Developing Hollywood's Next Generation

    Reel Start students take part in our program while in high school, collaborating with entertainment industry volunteers like Michael Pena and Seth Rogen to develop and produce a short film. During their time in the program, we learn their strengths, dreams, and career aspirations. Upon graduation, we place students in entry-level positions and paid internships. This new career placement program, Reel Steps, ensures that our students have access and the skills needed to thrive in the demanding and fast-paced world of film and TV.

  • CREATE ·2021 Grants Challenge

    Building a More Diverse Future for Film and Television through Reel Start

    Reel Start is an experiential learning program launched in 2016 that works with high school age students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the entertainment industry. Each year Reel Start selects twelve deserving applicants and has them collaborate w