The Center for Asian American Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For 40 years, CAAM has exposed audiences to new voices and communities, advancing our collective understanding of the American experience through programs specifically designed to engage the Asian American community and the public at large.


For four decades, CAAM has created opportunities for Americans and people around the globe to understand the diverse stories and experiences of Asian Americans through:

Careers. CAAM empowers filmmakers to achieve their full potential by providing training, funding, distribution, and access to professional networks.

Community. Connecting filmmakers and their stories to people and communities in schools, community centers, theaters and neighborhoods, bridging conversations about inclusiveness and social equity.

Perspective. CAAM-supported work changes the way audiences see the world, changing hearts and minds, inspiring empathy and meaningful social action.

We invite Asian American documentary filmmakers who are directing or producing their current work or are looking to transition into directing or producing to apply to our second year of the CAAM Fellowship Program. The CAAM Fellowship Program 2021 aims to support and develop Asian American documentary filmmakers by pairing selected Fellows with accomplished professionals / Mentors in the field for 12 months to develop a project and/ or their career in documentary filmmaking. The Mentors for 2021 are Geeta Gandbhir, Stephen Maing and Nanfu Wang.

The program requires a commitment to a year-long process which includes meetings between Fellows and Mentors as well as participation at gatherings such as the CAAMFest Filmmaker Summit and others throughout the year. This Program's vision is to create a community of makers that serves to nurture one another's careers and creativity in the field of documentary film. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will likely be conducting most if not all of our programming for the 2021 Fellowship virtually.

With generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, we are offering an opportunity to engage with veteran Filmmaker Mentors in this year long program to focus on a work in progress and your career in filmmaking.

The deadline for this call is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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