Chicago-based Kartemquin Films has opened applications for the 2020 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program.
Organized in partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, the fellowship gives mid-career documentary filmmakers of color nine months of professional mentorship from Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop staff and filmmakers.
Eight Midwestern filmmakers will be selected from those who apply before the Nov. 1 deadline. For eligibility info and submission criteria, visit Kartemquin’s website.
The program, now in its eighth year, has helped more 80 documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship.
2020 marks the first year in which US$50,000 of grants will be awarded to graduates of the program, with US$20,000 going to 2019 fellows, and US$30,000 towards DVID alumni. Kartemquin will announce the grant recipients on Oct. 1, and the grantees will be celebrated on Oct. 29 at the 2019 Kartemquin Empowering Truth Benefit Luncheon.
Past DVID fellows and projects include Bing Liu and his Academy Award-nominated Minding the Gap; Kelly Richmond Pope and her All The Queen’s Horses; and Jiayan “Jenny” Shi and her Finding Yingying (a Kartemquin coproduction due for release in 2020).
Launched in 2013, DVID will host a graduation ceremony for the 2019 participants at Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on Oct. 12. The event will include exclusive previews of each of the eight in-progress works by the current DVID fellows. This year’s keynote speaker will be One Child Nation and Hooligan Sparrow director Nanfu Wang (pictured).
The 2019 DVID graduates include Shiraz Ahmed (Alive in Detroit), Aisha Allen (The Cost of Time), Joua Lee Grande (Spirited), Milton Guillén (On the Move), Sebastián Pinzón-Silva (La Bonga), Shawn Taylor (Gone Too Soon: America’s Missing Black Men), Cai Thomas (360 Nation), and Christine Varisse (17 Days).
Renewed funding in 2019 for DVID was provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Field Foundation of Illinois, and The Chicago Community Trust.