CAAM Fellowship Program



Furthering CAAM’s work to nurture Asian American media professionals and advance the field of Asian American media, the first annual CAAM Fellowship Program will connect young, talented individuals with leading professionals in the field. The CAAM Fellowship Program is unique in its field-wide approach seeking to develop the talents and skills of a range of media professions including filmmakers, actors, exhibition specialists and film critics.

Participating fellows will have access to the leading Asian American talent in film and television. Each fellowship will be individually tailored to best fit the needs of the fellows and advisors. Fellowships will range from fully integrated collaborations to regular feedback on current projects to an ongoing dialogue about professional development. Furthermore, fellows will have the opportunity to connect with the larger community of Asian American media professionals through a Producers Workshop at CAAM’s festival and a CAAM Fellowship Program Retreat hosted by CAAM for all participating advisors and fellows.

The CAAM Fellowship Program Retreat will allow the mentor – mentee pairs to spend two full days together in a quiet and peaceful environment where they can focus on the mentees’ career, whether it is a script being developed or an acting career that needs some guidance.

The CAAM Fellowship Program is made possible with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

Interested applicants please download the application form and submit the form and any additional pages necessary as a word or pdf document by September 30, 2010 to mentorworkshop[at]asianamericanmedia[dot]org with the subject heading FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION. Please email any questions to sapana[at]asianamericanmedia[dot]org.

Karin Chien, Director of CAAM Fellowship Program
Karin Chien is an independent film producer based in New York City, and the 2010 recipient of the Independent Spirit Producers Award. Karin has produced ten feature-length films, including THE EXPLODING GIRL (2009), THE MOTEL (2005) and ROBOT STORIES (2002), which have won over 75 festival awards, premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and received international distribution. Karin is the president and founder of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent Chinese cinema. Karin is the curator and producer of the Chinatown Film Project, an inaugural film exhibition for the Museum of Chinese in America.