We invite Asian American documentary filmmakers who are directing or producing their current work or are looking to transition into directing or producing to apply to our 2024 CAAM Fellowship Program. The CAAM Fellowship Program aims to support and develop Asian American documentary filmmakers by pairing selected Fellows with accomplished professionals, Mentors in the field for 12 months to develop a project and their career in documentary filmmaking. The Mentors for 2024 are Tadashi Nakamura, Bhawin Suchak and Diane Quon.
The program requires a commitment to a year-long process which includes meetings between Fellows and Mentors as well as participation at gatherings such as the CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit and others throughout the year. This Program’s vision is to create a community of makers that serves to nurture one another’s careers and creativity in the field of documentary film. Depending on the status of COVID-19 and other public health concerns, we may be conducting some of our programming for the 2024 Fellowship virtually.
We are offering an opportunity to engage with veteran Filmmaker Mentors in this year-long program to focus on a work in progress and your career in filmmaking. Please visit Submittable to apply. The deadline for this call is Thursday, November 30, 2023.
The CAAM Fellowship Program, offered to three fellows each year, is a career and project development opportunity for Asian American social issue filmmakers. CAAM’s Fellowship Program aims to create the space for a fulfilling relationship between veteran and emerging media makers and incorporate opportunities to participate in documentary professional development events. The program includes monthly meetings between mentors and fellows, two full cohort gatherings, mentor-led masterclasses, and more. The core cohort convening for the Fellowship takes place at CAAMFest. The Ready, Set, Pitch! is a vital part of the Fellowship where fellows learn the art of the pitch and have the opportunity to pitch their works to a community of potential supporters either at the Filmmaker Summit or later on in the summer.
This Fellowship Program is designed specifically for the next generation of the Asian American social issues documentary filmmakers, prioritizing emerging and mid-career filmmakers from under-represented geographies and identities within the Asian American community. We will be looking for Asian American documentary directors and producers, but also seeking out cinematographers, editors and other creatives in the field who are looking to make the transition into directing or producing.
CAAM’s vision has always been to support a community of media makers to nurture careers and creativity in the field of documentary film. Our new Program goal is to expand our reach and to serve makers in the Asian American landscape from a diversity of backgrounds, identities and geographies — especially those ethnicities that are currently under-represented, like Southeast Asian. The goal is to nurture not only the Fellows’ projects and careers but also contribute to a community of makers that is eager to support one another and uplift the quality of filmmaking across the board.
Now accepting applications! Please visit Submittable to apply.. The deadline for the 2024 CAAM Fellowship application is Thursday, November 30, 2023.
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The 2024 CAAM Fellowship Program is made possible with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and other funders.