Impact Partners
Documentary Producers

With our Documentary Producers Fellowship, Impact Partners aims to celebrate the independent documentary producer and foster emerging producing talent through a yearlong program of workshops with some of the most prominent luminaries in the field of documentary film. For our inaugural group of fellows in 2015, we selected 6 talented emerging producers. Due to the fact that we had a wealth of strong candidates in our first call for nominations, this year we are expanding the program to include 10 fellows.

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About the Fellowship

The Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellows participate in six development workshops to be held in New York City, guided by guest luminaries — eminent documentary producers and industry experts with distinct areas of knowledge. Each session explores a different aspect of film production facing young producers today. The workshops cover film finance, festival and sales strategy, the distribution landscape, legal workshops and other critical topics. During each session, luminaries work closely with each fellow to choose topics and issues with immediate relevancy to their current work, offering hands-on advice, strategies and best practices. Each fellow is awarded $1,000.

Guest luminaries that participated in the 2015–2016 fellowship workshops include: Victoria Cook, Howard Gertler, Julie Goldman, Andrew Herwitz, Amy Hobby, Tabitha Jackson, Marilyn Ness, Thom Powers, Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick, and Eden Wurmfeld. The guests for the 2016-2017 fellowship will be confirmed at a later date. The workshops are moderated by Impact Partners’ Executive Director Dan Cogan. 

For the 2017 fellowship program, we selected 11 producers. Nominations are now closed and will open for the 2018 fellowship in the summer.