Announcing the 2021 Fellowship Winners

We were honored to receive over 150 applications for this year’s Fellowship. A total of $20,000, personal mentorships with leading filmmakers Tom Lennon and Daniel DiMauro (learn more about the mentors here), and other opportunities for career and project advancement are presented to:

  • Alina Simone for her brave and surprising portrait of a Siberian citizen-journalist fighting for her community in Black Snow (working title);
  • Sara Khaki and Mohammad Reza Eyni for Cutting through Rocks (working title), the story of a woman who challenges the status quo and inspires the younger generation.

Learn more about each of the Fellows and their projects on our Fellows page here.

At the same time, our first Fellowship year is wrapping up successfully for the 2020 Fellows. One Fellow writes: “The Fellowship connected me with a dedicated mentor that went above and beyond in advancing my film throughout pre production into production.” And another says: “Without their mentorship and financial support we would not have been able to keep our documentary project alive through the tough times of Covid-19.” We are looking forward to staying touch with the Fellows as they finish their projects in the coming years.

And we are beginning to plan for next year’s Fellowship. If you are an experienced filmmaker and interested in being a mentor, e-mail us at  [email protected]. And please consider contributing to the Fellowship through our fiscal sponsor here.

Help us launch the Andrew Berends Film Fellowship

We are now accepting donations for the Andrew Berends Film Fellowship through IFP here.

The mission of this fellowship is to seek out and support emerging filmmakers from all walks of life that embody Andy’s spirit and determination, with a focus on sharing unheard stories. It was born out of the desire of Andy’s family, friends, and colleagues to keep his memory alive and active in the world of documentary where he himself thrived. We hope you will consider helping keep Andy’s memory and spirit alive by supporting the fellowship. More details including when and how to apply for the fellowship will be available on this site in the coming months.

You can donate to the fellowship here: