A special collaboration with the Walter Kaitz Foundation to attend the 2018 Hollywood Creative Forum

Program Overview

In an effort to promote diversity in Hollywood and inclusion of Alaska Native content creators, GCI is collaborating with the Walter Kaitz Foundation to offer a fellowship program to two Alaska Natives who are interested in the film industry. GCI will select two content creators in film and television to participate in the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s 9th Hollywood Creative Forum in Los Angeles, California. Each finalist, and a guest of their choice, will be able to establish and foster lifelong connections to help guide their professional careers in television, film and digital.


GCI will select two Alaska Native artists to attend the 2018 Hollywood Creative Forum. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Must be an Alaska Native content creator with at least one show credit (writer, director, producer, showrunner, story editor, etc.) currently working and living in Alaska, seeking to expand his/her artistic career
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Demonstrates artistic and creative practice and be able to highlight a project as an example
  • Demonstrates a new, innovative and creative approach to content development
  • Submitted work must clearly contribute to the candidate’s professional development
  • The work must display confidence as a content creator
  • Must be able to articulate how the candidate will take advantage of the Hollywood Creative Forum to further their career


Application Process

All applications must be submitted via email to KaitzFellowship@gci.com and must contain the following:

  • Contact information, including address and telephone number
  • .pdf file of work (could include screenplays, production videos, IMDB link, etc.)
  • Biography (500-word limit)
  • Cover letter (750-word limit)
  • Artistic statement (1,000-word limit)



All applications are due by Nov. 30, 2017. The finalists will be notified via email and announced at the Anchorage International Film Festival in early December. The two people selected will be given the opportunity to bring a guest to the forum, which will take place Feb. 13-14, 2018, in Los Angeles.


What finalists can expect:

  • A trip to Los Angeles for the Hollywood Creative Forum, including roundtrip airfare and hotel expenses
  • Invitations to a private dinner in Los Angeles with a select group of development and programming executives
  • A GCI Welcome Package upon arrival in Los Angeles
  • Feature on GCI and Walter Kaitz Foundation’s social media platforms
  • Feature on Channel 907, the Anchorage International Film Festival and at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention
  • Free admission to the Anchorage International Film Festival



About Walter Kaitz Foundation

The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a nonprofit committed to advancing diversity within the cable industry, specifically the contributions of women and multi-ethnic cable professionals. The foundation serves as a catalyst for increasing diversity in the cable industry’s workforce, its supplier base and its programming.