The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renews grant funding for Diverse Voices in Docs

We are delighted to announce that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has renewed its commitment to our Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) program with a $10,000 FilmCraft grant.

In 2013, Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago launched DVID as a professional development and mentorship program to incubate documentary projects from filmmakers of color in the Midwest. Throughout the year, DVID fellows engage in interactive workshops with experienced professionals, receive one on one mentoring, gain networking opportunities, and receive peer and expert critique on their documentary projects. To date, DVID has supported and connected 50 alumni filmmakers of color, with graduates going on to secure funding from major documentary organizations such as ITVS, and broadcasts on PBS World Channel. Current Kartemquin projects All The Queen's Horses and Minding the Gap are graduates of the program.

The Academy Grants program was an initial funder of the first two years of the DVID program and relaunched in October 2015. We are honored to be one of just 37 recipients of its 2016 FilmCraft and FilmWatch grants programs. With renewal of this prestigious support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, DVID can continue to work with new filmmakers of color who enter the program as well support our expanding alumni network.

The program is currently halfway through its 2016 workshop series, with 13 current fellows in the cohort. To kick off April, we hosted our 1st DVID alumni workshop, “Editing & Storytelling” in the KTQ storefront. Emmy award-winning Barbara Allen of WTTW and former Kartemquin intern Rubin Daniels led a two-hour workshop on how to use editing artfully in documentary.

Later this month, DVID alumni Martine Granby and Kelly Pope will attend the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to pitch their projects at Tribeca Network Market, thanks to a partnership between Kartemquin and the Tribeca Film Institute.

In the future, we hope to expand the opportunities like these offered to DVID alumni and offer continued support as filmmakers push their projects towards completion. We are very excited to see the work of all our Diverse Voices in Docs filmmakers develop in months and years to come. In October, we will host a graduation for our current DVID class and also show clips from their works-in-progress. The graduation also will open 2017 fellowship class call for applications.

Diverse Voices in Docs is made possible through generous support from the Voqal Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Bertha Foundation, The Seabury Foundation, The Efroymson Fund, Kartemquin Films, and Community Film Workshop. In addition, we would also like to thank all the mentors, guest presenters, funder pitch participants, KTQ Associates and staff who have contributed to the success of the program.