Application Deadline 12/1/19

Mission Statement

Andrew Berends was a courageous and talented filmmaker who sought out stories in places which the mainstream media ignored. He shone a light on communities, people, and children facing unimaginable hardships. He traveled, shot, edited, and promoted his work with intense fervor and dedication. The Andrew Berends Film Fellowship 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.

The mission of this fellowship is to support emerging filmmakers from all walks of life that embody Andy’s spirit and determination, with a focus on sharing unheard stories. We hope that the Fellowship experience will help Fellows make a shift in their careers to the next level of success and artistic fulfillment.

The Andrew Berends Film Fellowship will include:

  • A one-time grant of $5,000 towards filmmaking expenses (this is not a co-production grant);
  • Connection with a Fellowship Mentor for guidance in finishing the project;
  • A ScreeningRoom Pro account to connect with other artists and screen your film;
  • Film Festival passes, including the Vail Film Festival, the Camden International Film Festival, the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and more to be announced;
  • Networking opportunities as they arise;
  • Other benefits to include publications, industry events, editing and other software.

The first round of the application is now live at this link. The deadline is December 1, 2019. Fellows will be announced in early 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Fellowship accepts applicants, 18 years or older, from all backgrounds and locations.
  • Applicants must be currently working on a feature documentary project in the spirit of Andrew Berends’ work. We recommend screening at least 2 of Andy’s films, available here, before applying.
  • Applicants must have either:
    • Completed at least one feature documentary project previously OR;
    • Completed at least one published documentary photography project OR;
    • Worked as the lead editor, producer or cinematographer on a feature documentary project OR;
    • Completed a trailer or sample of the current project.

Support the Fellowship

To support this initiative please follow this link to make your contribution, via IFP, our fiscal sponsor: https://account.ifp.org/donation/index.cfm/5/Andrew-Berends-Film-Fellowship/

Board Members

Jason Gardner

Michiel Pilgram

Aaron Soffin

Maria Ibrahimova