International Documentary Fellowship

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: seavey@gwu.edu

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

Above are excerpts of the work of each of our twenty 2010 Fellows, all produced, shot and edited in their home countries. It is an example of their skill and passion for storytelling and a glimpse into the rich possibilities of what they will create on their Fellowship here in the upcoming weeks.

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