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 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. The fellowship will offer mentorship, networking opportunities and access to industry events, publications and software, as well as a small monetary grant. We hope that the fellowship experience will help fellows make a shift in their careers to the next level of success and artistic fulfillment.

Eligibility requirements and benefits of the fellowship will be announced late 2019 as we work on partnering with a variety of organizations across the documentary community.

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/

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