Sony has announced a new "Alpha Female" program, a creator-in-residence opportunity that will award six-month grants to five female filmmakers and photographers. The program, which is no longer accepting submissions, aims to "elevate diversity in thought and creation," according to Sony. The first class of recipients will be announced some time early this month.

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The awarded grants include $25,000 in funds, as well as $5,000 in product loans and another $5,000 in product allowances. The program is a mentorship that involves being paired with Sony Artisans of Imagery, and there's also guaranteed presentations at LA and New York exhibits for all five participants. The program is open to US and Canadian applicants only.

Sony has also vowed to fund projects by women in its Alpha Imaging Collective and Artisans of Imagery, as well as photography and filmmaking events that are focused on and backed by women.