Chicago-based Kartemquin Films has opened applications for the 2019 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program.
Organized in partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, the seventh annual fellowship provides eight Midwestern documentary filmmakers of color mentorship from Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop staff and filmmakers.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.
Since launching in 2013, the nine-month professional mentorship and development program has helped more than 80 mid-career docmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing.
In addition, Kartemquin will award up to three 2018 DVID fellows funding ranging from US$5,000-$10,000 for a total of $20,000 for the first time in the program’s history.
The funding awards will be announced on Nov. 1 in Chicago at the 2018 Kartemquin Benefit Luncheon. The DVID grants were established with support from The Sage Foundation.
“One of the largest hurdles for filmmakers of color in the Midwest is access to seed funding, which has traditionally gone to filmmakers on the coasts or established centers,” said Betsy Steinberg, Kartemquin’s executive director, in a statement. “After giving the 2018 fellows nine months of organizational support as they develop their projects, the DVID grants provide an essential next step in making them a reality.”
The 2018 DVID program culminates at 6 p.m. ET on Oct. 1 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater in a free public graduation ceremony. Crime + Punishment director Stephen Maing will deliver the keynote speech at the event, which will also present a preview of their in-progress documentary project.
The 2018 DVID graduates include Kevin Shaw, Miasarah Lai, Jamaar Jervis, Joshua Jackson, David Weathersby, Teresa White, Sohib Boundaoui and Jiaiyan ‘Jenny’ Shi.
Funding in 2018 was provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Journalism and Media grant, and an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional DVID 2018 funders included The Chicago Community Trust’s Cultural Arts Fund and The Field Foundation of Illinois.