Story Development Fellowship

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Story Development Fellowship


Docs In Progress’ Documentary Story Development Fellowship Program is targeted for filmmakers who are in the conceptual/development stage of a project.  Through six monthly facilitated meetings, the Story Development Fellowship will receive advice and peer feedback.  Specifically, Fellows will learn how to research, write and develop a new non-fiction film, the nature of fundraising, pitching, and targeting their audience. The documentary can be on any subject, viewpoint, or style; however we require that the project is in development/has not yet begun production. For films further along the production, see our Legacy Fellowship Program.

COHORT MEETING DATES:  6 Tuesdays – 5/23, 6/20, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24 from 6:30-9 PM at Docs In Progress offices, Silver Spring, MD.  

FEES:  There is no application fee.  If accepted into the Fellowship Program, Fellows pay a participation fee of $575 (due in full before the program starts).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, May 1 [Midnight]

The Story Development Fellowship experience includes: 

  • Accountability: By setting realistic goals for progress and having monthly in person meetings with the facilitator and other participants, Fellows will make significant progress developing their concept into a complete documentary proposal.
  • Expected Deliverable:  A well-written proposal that includes a funding plan and budget for the documentary.
  • Expertise from seasoned industry professionals who as guest presenters will share their knowledge and provide feedback to the Fellows.
  • Safe Zone where constructive advice and feedback is fostered.

Other Benefits for Fellows:

  • A professional development voucher that can be applied to a one-day or one-evening Docs In Progress program during the course of their Fellowship.
  • Featured as a Fellow on the Docs In Progress website, including a photo and the title of the project.
  • Fellows will receive added consideration for Docs’ Trailer Night and Work-In-Progress screenings.
  • Become part of our 90+ Alumni Fellows network at the conclusion of the Fellowship.

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