This program is for trans, gender nonconforming, and/or non-binary filmmakers based in the United States who are in active development to direct their first or second feature length film. We welcome scripted and unscripted projects in any phase of development.
Nominations take place in May with applications due May 26th. Selected fellows will be notified by May 31st. Fellows will be invited to attend the Bentonville Film Festival in person June 13th-18th. The onnline weekend intensive will be held on June 17th-18th, and subsequent online meetings between mentors and Fellows will occur July-September 2023.
Applicants should self-identify as trans, nonbinary, and/or gender diverse, be based in the United States, and have a strong desire to direct long-form content such as scripted or unscripted feature films and television series. This program will be most beneficial for directors who have enough initial experience to know they are dedicated to a career directing long-form content, but are early enough in their careers that mentorship will significantly impact their development.
We will be matching Mentors and Fellows based on their shared backgrounds, experiences, and interests. In the final phase of the selection process, Mentors will ultimately have the option to make the final decision as to who their Fellow will be. This ensures that the Mentor has a vested interest in the Fellow and they will work together closely.
This is a three month program, running from June-September. It will kick off with a weekend intensive in June 2023, followed by monthly meetings between the Mentor/Fellow pairs and the group of Fellows through September 2023.
Feel free to contact us with additional questions or feedback. Thanks!