Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) is a nine-month professional mentorship and development program for documentary filmmakers of color, organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Founded in 2013, DVID aims to inspire collaboration and skill-sharing among its fellows, and among the larger Midwestern independent documentary filmmaking community. At the core of the fellowship is a series of dynamic workshops led by Kartemquin staff, associates, and invited experts, ranging in focus from storytelling ethics, to fundraising, to distribution, and a pitch session attended by leading funders and distributors. The program culminates with a graduation showcasing fellows work and featuring a keynote speaker.
Applications for 2019 have closed.
Applications for 2020 will open in the fall of 2019.
DVID Sponsors Diverse Voices in Docs is run in partnership with the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. Special support for Diverse Voices in Docs is 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.
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1. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT. Led by a variety of filmmaking professionals from Kartemquin.
2. STORYTELLING & ETHICS. Led by Artistic Director and Co-Founder Gordon Quinn.
3. FUNDRAISING & FINANCE. Research, prospecting, grantwriting, editing a demo, event planning and crowdfunding.
4. DISTRIBUTION & OUTREACH. Led by Director of Distribution + Communications Tim Horsburgh and Marketing + Distribution Associate Julia Martin.
5. KTQ LABS CRITIQUE & SKILL WORKSHOPS. Hosted at Kartemquin, with the Kartemquin community of filmmakers and special guests invited to critique works-in-progress.
6. FUNDER ROUNDTABLE. A panel discussion with a select group of Chicago funders in media arts and documentary distributors about the current industry landscape, documentary support and upcoming deadlines.
Location: All sessions except for the KTQ LABS critique will be hosted at Community Film Workshop, In Residence at the Harris Park, 6200 S. Drexel, Rm 201, Chicago, IL 60637: Phone: (773) 752-9335. The building is fully ADA compliant and accessible. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants should have played a principal role in a completed production (producer, writer, director, editor, etc) and have experience or work history that demonstrated their commitment to social issue documentary.
Applicants must be a legal US resident.
Applicants must NOT be a full-time student.
Applicants commit to participating in all aspects of the program and attending all 6 classes.
There is no application fee. An enrollment fee of $100 is due upon acceptance to the program. Decisions will be based on finalist interviews and work samples.
The Diverse Voices in Docs program will not provide: travel expenses, project funding, legal advice, equipment or post-production access. For more information on the program please email email@example.com
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2019 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Joua Lee Grande
2018 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Jiayan 'Jenny' Shi
2017 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Bridget Botchway Bradley
2016 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Alexander T Skalomenos
Ava Thompson Greenwell
Diana Quinones Rivera
Edwin Walker/E. Micheaux
Lesley Martinez Etherly
Theresa Lenore Dumayas Campagna
2015 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Omowale T Jamal
2014 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
W. Joelle Gonzalez-Laguer
David D. Grace
2013 Diverse Voices in Docs Fellows
Pamela Sherrod Anderson
Jesus Mario Contreras
Camille S. DeBose
Tracey Scruggs Yearwood