Seven filmmakers will benefit from one of the most generous grants in the documentary field, as the North Points Institute today announced the recipients of the inaugural Diane Weyermann Fellowships.
The fellowship, named for the late Participant executive and producer who championed the careers of many leading documentary filmmakers and their work, will provide $100,000 and 18 months of mentorship to each of three nonfiction projects and their filmmaking teams. “The three supported projects were chosen out of 401 submissions from 70 countries, through a 6-month selection process that included the Points North curatorial team and a jury of veteran filmmakers and programmers,” according to a release. “The projects include: 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.” Scroll for details on each of the projects and filmmakers.
The release noted, “[T]he Fellowship champions filmmaking teams producing cinematic feature documentaries that take artistic risks in highlighting stories of moral and ethical urgency.” In addition to the unrestricted grants and extensive mentorship, the Weyermann Fellows will participate in creative retreats at the 2023 and 2024 Camden International Film Festival in Maine, a program of the Points North Institute. “The Diane Weyermann Fellowship marks a significant advancement in our support of independent documentary filmmakers,” Ben Fowlie,Read more on deadline.com