Applications now open for 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program!

Applications are now open for the 2018 Diverse Voices in Docs program, a professional mentorship program for independent documentary filmmakers of color. Eight Midwest filmmakers will be selected from those who apply before the November 15th deadline. Apply/find more information HERE.

2018 will be the sixth year of the successful program, which has helped over 60 mid-career documentary filmmakers of color advance their projects through mentorship and skill-sharing since launching in 2013.

Graduates of the program include Kelly Richmond Pope, whose documentary All the Queen’s Horses will be released by Kartemquin and Gravitas Ventures this year, and Bing Liu, whose forthcoming film Minding the Gap is in co-production with ITVS, and in 2017 was selected for both Film Independent’s Documentary Lab and Fast Track programs, and Full Frame’s Garrett Scott Grant.

The Diverse Voices in Docs fellows receive hands-on guidance from experienced Kartemquin and Community Film Workshop staff and award-winning filmmakers, along with a personal seasoned industry mentor throughout the duration of the program, before pitching to a panel of major funders, including representatives from ITVS, Sundance Institute, POV, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Doc Society (formerly BritDoc), WTTW Channel 11, Illinois Humanities, Chicken and Egg Pictures, and the National Black Programming Consortium. In partnership with Tribeca Film Institute, for the past 3 years 2 DVID fellows have attended the TFI Network Market at the Tribeca Film Festival.

On Monday, October 2nd, a graduation ceremony will be held for the 2017 DVID fellows at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago. A special keynote speaker guest is to be announced. Previous keynote speakers have included broadcast journalist Robin Robinson, RogerEbert.com publisher Chaz Ebert, and cinematographer Keith Walker (Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise). Last year’s notable keynote speaker, Lyric Cabral, director of the critically-acclaimed documentary (T)error, stated:

“I am inspired by Kartemquin’s commitment to nurturing storytellers of color and voices which, for the sake of our democracy, are in critical need of promotion. I value being here, in this diverse room, seeing reflections of myself in each of you. I sincerely thank Kartemquin for curating this space which is a rare reality, within the landscape of documentary film (festivals, programs, labs, awards shows, film schools). It is refreshing to be a part of the majority, not a minority, while celebrating the form we all love.”

“Our goal is to empower ordinary citizens in the use of media and to provide them access to resources to produce first-voice social issue documentaries,” said Margaret Caples, Executive Director of The Community Film Workshop.

“Diverse Voices in Docs is an essential program for the documentary community as well as the broader independent filmmaking industry. Our mission in the program is to champion filmmakers of color and ensure a diverse number of perspectives are empowered and visible in the field and sharing stories they want to tell,” said Emily Strong, Programs & Engagement Manager at Kartemquin.

Organized by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago, DVID participants meet six times in four-hour monthly workshops to receive expert advice and guidance for their films. Beyond connecting filmmakers to the professional documentary community, the program also provides a network of possible collaborators and funders.

“What I didn't learn as I set out to make my first feature documentary was that your story will make even more of a difference with guidance from veterans and a community of passionate filmmakers, which I found in Kartemquin's Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship,” said Bing Liu, a DVID alum from 2015.

Apply HERE.