Fellowship & Residency
Mid-career media makers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates – all of which have rich traditions of storytelling and have been historically underrepresented in the U.S. film industry – are selected to participate as Global Media Makers Fellows. These Fellows travel to LA for a six-week residency (September – November) which includes intensive filmmaking labs, collaborative workshops, filmmaker education, business training and professional networking opportunities.
Mentorship continues remotely through the remainder of the year via video call sessions. Fellows are expected to foster a culture of mentorship in the region and are strongly encouraged to share their experiences and knowledge gleaned during their stay in LA with their local filmmaking communities. Selected filmmakers are recognized as Film Independent Fellows and will receive career-long support and eligibility to apply for Film Independent grants.
Global Media Makers Labs
The Global Media Makers Labs help further the current projects of Fellows by introducing them to industry veterans who can offer both guidance on craft and individual feedback on the project. Fellows work with Mentors to further develop their projects – through one-on-one meetings and in intimate group sessions – over the course of the six-week program. The Labs are structured to support writers, directors and producers who are still creatively engaged in the development process; those who welcome feedback and discussion will most benefit. Selected participants are required to focus on and develop the project with which they have applied to the program.
The Screenwriting Lab supports writers applying with a completed draft of a feature film or a television pilot they wish to workshop during the program. Applicant must be the author of the script he or she submits and must control the rights to the project.
The Directing Lab supports filmmakers who are directing their first feature film or television pilot. Applicants must submit a completed draft of a feature film or a television pilot they wish to workshop during the program. Applicant must be the director of the project he or she submits.
The Creative Producing Lab supports producers applying with a completed draft of a feature film or a television pilot they wish to workshop during the program. Applicant must be a producer and have a director attached to the project he or she submits.
The Documentary Lab supports documentary filmmakers applying with a work-in-progress (trailer, select scenes or an assembly) they wish to workshop during the program. Applicant must be the director and/or producer of the project he or she submits and must control the rights to the project.
Through collaborative iPhone workshops, Global Media Makers Fellows engage in creative collaborations and a cross-cultural exchange with LA-based Film Independent Fellows, learning from one another, not only about filmmaking, but about their different cultures and environments. Fellows explore LA and discover people and subjects to document while using accessible new tools and technology.
Immersive Storytelling and Virtual Reality Production
The Virtual Reality (VR) filmmaking component provides education and tools for cutting edge, interactive storytelling and technology. Providing an opportunity for collaboration and first-hand experience with the latest technologies, VR films are directed and produced by Fellows during the LA Residency.
Watch Do What You Love, an original Global Media Makers 360-degree short documentary. (For optimal viewing, use a VR/360-degree capable app and/or headset.)
Master Classes feature acclaimed film and television artists and leaders in the areas of editing, directing, cinematography, producing, sound design and visual storytelling across different platforms. Speakers, along with their creative collaborators (when available), will take part in a moderated in-depth discussion of their creative and collaborative processes, their work and their careers.
Individual Mentor Meetings
During the LA Residency, Fellows will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with Mentors to discuss their projects and receive career guidance. These individual Mentor meetings will be scheduled by the Global Media Makers team. Meetings could include script notes and feedback on the Fellow’s work, career advice, job shadowing opportunities, access to a writer’s rooms and/or other professionals in the field, visits to sets and production lots or pitch sessions.
Fellows will visit studios, post-production facilities, cultural institutions and universities to broaden their understanding and perspectives of the film industry, arts and cultural communities in the U.S.
Cultural Engagement Activities
Cultural Engagement Activities will allow Fellows to experience some of the rich cultural life of LA. These activities may include screenings, concerts, exhibits, parties, lectures and culinary tours of ethnic neighborhoods.