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About AXS Film Fund

AXS Film Fund was founded to support documentary filmmakers and non-fiction new media creators of color with disabilities. 2020 very clearly brought about the need for compassion and serious change. Between violence targeted at people of color, a fearful divided nation, and the global pandemic, it is more important now than ever to raise and support a body of more culturally diverse voices.

Our Mission

AXS Film fund strives to support independent documentary filmmakers and nonfiction new media creators of color with disabilities in their endeavors to tell stories, make films, and create content.

Our VALUES

We highly value accessibility and inclusivity for all. Filmmakers of color have fought hard to win equality and move beyond the racial barriers of a historically white industry.

OUR TEAM

Jason DaSilva

President and Program Founder

Jason DaSilva

President and Program Founder

Jason is a director, producer, writer, and disability rights activist best known for the Emmy Award winning documentary, When I Walk, the first film in a documentary trilogy. As President of AXS Lab, Jason is the key creative and strategic voice of the organization, providing insight to necessities in disability activism and facilitating AXS Lab’s work with the UN and partner organizations around the world.

Naomi Middleton

Program Director

Naomi Middleton

Program Director

Naomi has worked with AXS Lab for several years as a creative and development assistant. She’s worked closely with Jason in developing and securing funding for the AXS Film Fund, as well as nurturing its growth and sustainability. She holds a bachelors from Bennington college in film, visual arts, and public action and an MA in Filmmaking from the University of Sussex.

Jordan “Jodie” Egan

Program Administrator

Jordan “Jodie” Egan

Program Administrator

Jordan “Jodie” Egan has been with AXS Lab since December of 2019 and has taken on multiple roles. Most recently, Jodie has been acting Office Administrator and Creative Assistant to Jason DaSilva. They have worked as Studio Manager at Sacred Mandala Studio and Gallery in Durham, NC and have managed and assisted in many multi-talent creative projects.

Mimoza Thana

Controller

Mimoza Thana

Controller

Mimoza is an analytical and detail oriented banking professional with 10 years of experience. Exceptionally organized and focused demonstrating an outstanding aptitude to manage and balance a variety of day to day transition, providing overachieving assistance services team management products cross sales.

Awa Diop

Community Outreach Coordinator

Awa Diop

Community Outreach Coordinator

Awa Diop first discovered AXS Lab through a summer internship program. She now has the pleasure to work again with AXS Lab through the AXS Film Fund. Awa recognizes her privilege as a non-disabled person, and is keen on advocating for those who don't have the same privilege - especially individuals from minority communities. She is super excited to be working with the film fund team and hopes to help seek out and connect creators with the fund.

WHAT WE FUND

This program is for creators of color in documentary filmmaking or nonfiction new media who identify as having a disability. We seek to bring visibility to creators who are oftentimes overlooked. While we ask that a person of color with a disability is a key contributor to the project, we welcome diverse teams to apply.

Each year we award up to five creators with grants of up to $10,000 each to assist them in finishing their projects in any stage of production.

How to Apply

Letters of Inquiry are not required. Applicants should submit an application to our portal.

Starting June 1, 2021, our online portal for submission opens.

Applications should be submitted through this portal.

After September 3, 2021, application submissions will close. Applications will first be reviewed by our internal staff to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements. Successful applications will move to the next round, a review by a committee of expert panelists.

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Our Location

United states

1-55 Borden Avenue, Suite 10E
Long Island City, NY 11101

CANADA

366 55th Street
Delta, BC V4M 3J5