Codeblack Films Creates Student Support Fund, Screenwriting Contest At USC School Of Cinematic Arts

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Lucky students at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) are receiving an opportunity of a lifetime.

Codeblack Films, a sub-entity of Lionsgate, announced its new student support fund initiative that’ll assist African-American students in the SCA’s Writing for Screen & Television department as a means to “encourage and educate new, diverse voices.” The endowment will boast a contribution of $50,000 from the film company, as well as a Codeblack Screenwriting contest centered around the issues plaguing the black community with a reward of $25,000.

“We are honored that Codeblack Films and Lionsgate have decided to invest in the next generation of talented SCA writers,” said Elizabeth M. Daley, Dean of the School of Cinematic Arts, in a press release. “These kinds of student support funds assist the School in making a cinematic arts education possible for every young person who has something exciting to say. These are the students who will be creating the characters and stories that will have us talking in the coming years.”

Codeblack Films Founder and President Jeff Clanagan also expressed in the press release his excitement to partner with Codeblack. “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,” Clanagan said. “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.”