Fellowship Application Deadline Approaching – December 1st, 2019

Dear Friends, Family, and Colleagues,

We have been moved by the submissions, from all over the world, that we have received so far for the inaugural Andrew Berends Film Fellowship. As we approach the December 1st application deadline, we hope you’ll help us get the word out to more filmmakers and filmmaker channels over the next month. Here are a few ways you can help:
Post the following widely to your social media accounts: The first year of the Andrew Berends Film Fellowship is now accepting applications. Seeking emerging filmmakers currently working on feature docs that embody Andy’s spirit and determination to share unheard stories.
Introduce us at info (at) andrewberends (dot) net to organizations that work with filmmakers that may be interested in publicizing the Fellowship to their lists.
Send a link to this website to any individual filmmakers who you think may be a good fit.
And of course, if you are interested in applying to the Fellowship, you can learn more and apply here.
The Fellowship is accepting applicants, 18 years or older, from all backgrounds and locations, who are currently working on a feature documentary project in the spirit of Andrew Berends’ work. Note that while many of Andy’s films take place in conflict zones, the Fellowship is not limited to films about war; all stories are welcome to be submitted.

We recommend that applicants screen at least 2 of Andy’s films, available here, before applying. In addition, applicants must have either:
-Completed at least one feature documentary project previously OR;
-Completed at least one published documentary photography project OR;
-Worked as lead editor, producer or cinematographer on a feature documentary project OR;
-Completed a trailer or sample of the current project.
The 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 to the Camden International Film Festival, Vail Film Festival, 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.
If you have any general questions about the Fellowship, you can reach us at info@andrewberends.net, and we continue to accept tax-deductible donations through IFP here.

Many thanks,

The Fellowship Board:
Jason Gardner
Maria Ibrahimova
Mike Pilgram
Aaron Soffin

Andrew Berends Tribute, IFC Center, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Berends Tribu8te IFC 5/25/2019

Filmmaker Andrew Berends appeared multiple times on the IFC Center stage for the screening series Stranger Than Fiction (now called Pure Nonfiction). His films as a director include THE BLOOD OF MY BROTHER documenting life in Iraq under U.S. occupation; DELTA BOYS about militants in Nigeria’s oil conflict (which landed him briefly in Nigerian jail); and MADINA’S DREAM about refugees in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. He also served as a camera person on other projects including the Oscar-winning FREE SOLO. In March 2019, he took his own life at the age 46, after bouts of depression and being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The news brought an outpouring of testimonials from his admirers. This tribute brings together his friends and colleagues to share clips from his films and stories from his life. Donations from this event where used to launch The Andrew Berends Film Fellowship, to support independent filmmakers.

With: Thom Powers, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Dr. Isabella Alexander, Aaron Soffin, Mike Liss, Jason Gardner, Philip Robertson, Doug Block, Thomas Lennon and others.
This evening was co-sponsored by the Fulbright Film Series.

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: https://account.ifp.org/donation/index.cfm/5/Andrew-Berends-Film-Fellowship/