Kartemquin announces 2019 Diverse Voices fellows

Chicago doc
powerhouse selects
eight young filmmakers
who will be eligible
for up to $20K in
in accelerator
fund grants

The 2019 DVID Fellows (pictured above)
Top row, from left to right: Shiraz Ahmed, Aisha Allen, Joua Lee Grande, Milton Guillen | Bottom row, from left to right: Sebastián Pinzón-Silva, Shawn Taylor, Cai Thomas, Christine Varisse

Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago today announced the eight new 2019 Diverse Voices in Docs (DVID) fellows.

Now in its 7th year, DVID is a professional mentorship program for Midwestern documentary filmmakers of color, created by Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago.

Fellows are chosen from a pool of applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social issue documentary.

As of 2018, completion of the fellowship makes fellows eligible for the newly established Diverse Voices Accelerator Fund, providing crucial grants of up to $20,000 for works-in-progress.

DVID program alum include Sundance Award-winning director Bing Liu (2013) and his highly acclaimed debut feature, Minding the Gap (2018). In addition to winning over 30 festival awards, the film was recently named to the Oscar shortlist.



Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative community that empowers documentary makers who create stories that foster a more engaged and just society. The organization’s films have received three Academy Award nominations and won many more major prizes, including six Emmys and two Peabody Awards. Recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, Kartemquin has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs and championing of documentary.

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