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Indigenous Film Fellowship Will Go To 10 Budding Filmmakers

Native American filmmakers have the opportunity to get their ideas in front of recognized industry professionals.
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Emerging indigenous filmmakers have until September 1 to submit undeveloped stories to be eligible for the Indigenous Film Fellowship, which will partner 10 fellows with five international recognized filmmakers for a two-year program.

“It is the aim and ambition of both the ISF (International Sámi Film Centre) and the Indigenous Film Circle to strengthen the indigenous film network while also helping each other support and develop strong new talent within the film industry,” states the press release announcing the fellowship. “We hope that this global program collaboration can build a permanent network for indigenous filmmakers and supporting partners worldwide.”

The program’s first year will focus on storytelling development through the script and the second year will focus on production planning and creating solid marketing plans.

Each of the fellows will get $10,000 for the first year, given out quarterly upon completing deadlines. The first workshops will be held at the International Sámi Film Centre in Kautokeino, Norway from October 31 to November 6, 2011.

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The requirements, listed on the Indigenous Film Circle website, are as follows:

  • Applicants must be of indigenous background.
  • Stories submitted must convey an indigenous perspective.
  • Fellowship seeks stories where the screenplay is not fully developed nor currently funded.
  • Treatments must be for feature narrative films.
  • Fellows must be willing to commit two years to the fellowship and complete the work as required by the deadlines.
  • Applicants acknowledge that if they are accepted, they have one week to confirm their commitment to the fellowship and understand that if they do not meet their deadlines as stated in the fellowship or convey a lack of willingness to participate, can be subject to dismissal.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel to annual IFF gatherings and workshops.
  • Applicants must be willing and desire mentorship guidance and critique.
  • Must complete all portions of the application. Any materials not provided may disqualify an application.
  • Applications must be completed in either English, Spanish or Russian. If an applicant cannot complete the application in one of these languages, please write the ISF with a rationale and request at least 30 days before submission deadline. ISF will try their best to accommodate the request(s).
  • Applications must be received by September 1, 2011; 12:00 am GMT.
  • Applications must be completed electronically. Do not send postal mail. E-mail only. If not able to, please let ISF know immediately and at least two weeks prior to deadline.

Click here to submit.