International Documentary Fellowship

While in residence, the Fellows make several short films.  The final film is their “Capstone Film” and is produced in pairs, shot both in New York and Washington, DC.  The final film is screened on the last evening of the Fellowship.  “The Kiss” is an example of the innovative work produced by our Fellows, this one produced in 2010 by Naji Ismaiel from Egypt and Jibran Jawaid from Pakistan.  


The Documentary Center at The George Washington University is the founding host of the International Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship, an intensive six-week program that takes place in May and June.

Candidates for the Fellowship are emerging nonfiction storytellers and community leaders who come from countries where the traditional infrastructure for the creation and distribution of documentary is limited or does not currently exist. In 2008, we hosted ten emerging filmmakers and in 2010, we doubled the number of participants in the program. Our Fellows have come from the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua 
  • Pakistan
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • South Africa
  • Uganda
  • Zimbabwe

The 2008 and 2010 Fellowships were made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and the generous support of the Panasonic Corporation of America. The Center is currently exploring funding opportunities with additional organizations interested in building the abilities of non-fiction storytellers across the globe.

For more information on how your organization can be involved in this exciting opportunity, please contact the Center's Director at:

2010 International Fellow's Films from Center for Innovative Media on Vimeo.

Read the 2010 press release.

Download the bios for the 2010 International Emerging Filmmaking Fellows.

The Fellowship Experience

Training day on Panasonic HD Workflow

The 2008 Fellows and Staff at their film premieres

Chee Too of Malaysia works with Godi Utama of Indonesia

Ahmadjon Umurzakov of Uzbekistan on NY shoot