Dart Center Documentary Film Fellowship

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The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is seeking applications for the Documentary Film Fellowship which is designed for senior and mid-career filmmakers who wish to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, delve into documentary ethics and craft challenges, and enrich their professional engagement around violence, conflict, and tragedy.

The fellowship will bring 10-12 filmmakers together with leading experts on core issues of trauma science as well as innovators in documentary practice, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and challenges in the profession.

Seminars will focus on ethical documentary reporting and engagement of vulnerable people in all stages of production; narrative and craft challenges specific to documentary film; duty of care to subjects and sources; self-care and resilience; as well as organizational and peer support from pre-production through film distribution.

The program will equip filmmakers with the knowledge and skills to approach victims and survivors with sensitivity and depth; understand the complexity of trauma survivors’ experiences; tell more insightful, multi-dimensional and nuanced stories about those impacted by trauma; make more informed, ethical choices when covering traumatic events; and create self-care and peer support plans that span development through distribution, awards and streaming runs.

The Dart Center Documentary Film Fellowship – supported by The Dart Foundation of Mason, Michigan – will take place February 11-17, 2024 in Grand Cayman.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Open to professional filmmakers from all over the world.
  • The fellowship covers round-trip travel, six nights of lodging, meals, and expenses directly related to participation, such as ground transportation on Grand Cayman.
  • Employees of Columbia Journalism School, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, or student filmmakers cannot apply.
  • The program does not cover health insurance, visa costs, additional nights of lodging beyond the program’s duration, or ground transportation in fellows’ home cities.

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