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Inaugural Diane Weyermann Fellowship Grants $300,000 to Three Documentaries at the Camden Film Festival

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Addie Morfoot Contributor Three documentaries have been selected to to participate in the inaugural Diane Weyermann fellowship program, which will kick off Sept.

15 at Maine’s 19th edition of the Camden Intl. Film Festival.The projects are: “The Last Nomads,” a co-production of Serbia, Montenegro and France, directed and produced by Biljana Tutorov, co-directed by Petar Glomazić, and co-produced by Quentin Laurent; “The Production of the World,” a co-production of Canada and USA, directed by Brett Story and produced by Jeff Reichert; and “Untitled Project,” a production of India, directed and produced by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya.Each doc will receive $100,000 in unrestricted grants plus 18 months of creative support through retreats and mentorship via CIFF’s Points North Institute, the non-fiction creative hub based in Camden, Maine.The fellowship was established to honor Weyermann, the former chief content officer at Participant and former director of the Sundance Institute’s documentary film program.

She died of cancer in October 2021. Weyermann’s leadership at Open Society Institute, Sundance Institute, and Participant contributed to the global expansion, artistic flourishing, and social impact of independent documentary filmmaking.The program champions filmmaking teams producing feature documentaries that take artistic risks in highlighting stories of moral and ethical urgency.

The 18-month program includes mentorship from veteran filmmakers and industry leaders, and two creative retreats at the 2023 and 2024 editions of CIFF.

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