Impact Partners, the innovative film financier behind many a top doc, announces that its annual Emerging Documentary Producers Fellowship is now open for applications.
Created in concert with the DOC NYC festival, the fellowship chooses five producers each year, dropping $2500 onto each. Of greater value over the long term are the 10 development workshops. Taught over a year, each of these is delivered by top industry figures and filmmakers such as Liz Garbus, Morgan Spurlock, Amy Ziering and Stanley Nelson, among others. Workshops take place in New York City.
Each session will explore a different aspect of film production, including finance, festival strategy, marketing and distribution deal making and legal.
Getting nominated for the award isn’t as straightforward as filling in a form tho – emerging directors cannot nominate themselves for starters.
Nominations need to come from directors, producers, editors and other key crewmembers who worked with the candidate on a previous or current film. Any applicants must have worked on at least one documentary in a key position such as producer, line-producer, co-producer or associate producer, though on no more than three feature-length films.
Impact Partners co-founder Dan Cogan stated that while we may have been in a so-called “golden age of documentary filmmaking”, the reality is a bit bleaker. “This rising tide (of quality docs) has not quite lifted all boats. Amidst growing institutional and popular support for great documentary directors, producers of documentary film are still underappreciated and underserved.”
The fellowship will accept nominations until October 6, and winners will be announced at an awards event during DOC NYC, which takes place from November 12 to 19 in New York City.
Details on applying can be found at impactpartnersfilm.com/fellowship.