CAAM Fellowship

2021 CAAM FELLOWSHIP MENTORS | 2021 CAAM FELLOWS 

2020 CAAM FELLOWSHIP MENTORS | 2020 CAAM FELLOWS

2019 CAAM FELLOWSHIP MENTORS | 2019 CAAM FELLOWS | PRESS RELEASE

BACKGROUND

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 second year of the CAAM Fellowship Program. The CAAM Fellowship Program 2021 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/ or their career in documentary filmmaking. The Mentors for 2021 are Geeta Gandbhir, Stephen Maing and Nanfu Wang.

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. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will likely be conducting most if not all of our programming for the 2021 Fellowship virtually.

With generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 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 Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The new CAAM Fellowship Program, which will be offered to three to five fellows per year, is a year-long career and project development opportunity for Asian American social issues filmmakers. CAAM’s Fellowship Program will create the space for a fulfilling relationship between veteran and emerging media makers and incorporate opportunities to participate in documentary markets and other professional development events. The program will include monthly meetings between mentors and fellows, two full cohort gatherings, three mentor-led masterclasses, and more. The core cohort convening for the Fellowship will take place at CAAMFest, where fellows will learn the art of the pitch and have the opportunity to pitch their works at the Filmmaker Summit.  

FOR WHOM

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.

APPLICATION

Now accepting applications! Please visit Submittable to applyThe deadline for the 2020 CAAM Fellowship application is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

CONTACT

mediafund [at] caamedia [dot] org