Easterseals Southern California and IMDbPro Collaborate to Support and Create Visibility for Entertainment Professionals in the Disability Community
Today, nonprofit disability services provider and resource Easterseals Southern California and IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, announced the latest phase of their ongoing work to support and create visibility and employment and collaboration opportunities for entertainment professionals in the disability community.
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Using the new IMDbPro Discover tool (currently available in beta mode), members can find other professionals to hire and collaborate with, including talent who have self-identified as a member of the disability community as well as those who were finalists and winners of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. (Photo: Business Wire)
This is the second consecutive year IMDbPro is sponsoring the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. Currently underway, the weeklong filmmaking contest gives filmmakers – with and without disabilities – the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms, inviting aspiring storytellers to creatively write, produce and complete short films. The challenge will be judged by a wide selection of influential voices within the entertainment industry, including IMDb Founder and CEO Col Needham. Finalists will be announced on Thursday, April 29, with the virtual Awards Ceremony set to take place on Thursday, May 6. IMDbPro provides winners with a one-year membership and the opportunity for their film to be featured in a video playlist on the homepage of IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows and celebrities. As in previous years, the winning and finalist films and creators will have the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge listed as an “Award” on their IMDb and IMDbPro name and title pages.
IMDbPro and Easterseals have hosted sessions with entertainment professionals in the disability community to be sure they are optimizing their IMDb profiles and taking advantage of all available features. For example, IMDbPro empowers entertainment industry professionals with the option to self-identify as a member of the disability community, as part of a suite of tools to manage and showcase their IMDb profile, including selecting their primary images and the credits they are best “known for.” Additionally, using the new IMDbPro Discover tool (currently available in beta mode), members can find other professionals to hire and collaborate with, including talent who have self-identified as a member of the disability community as well as those who were finalists and winners of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. IMDbPro Discover will continue to be optimized based on feedback provided by Easterseals and other professionals in the disability community.