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An Incubator Program for Diverse Filmmakers

The Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.

This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of Firelight’s Documentary Lab and since its inception over 80 filmmakers have gone through the program and more than $650,000 in grants has been spent on 40 documentary projects.

Applicants will receive notification of status within 12-16 weeks of their submission. Second round finalists may require additional interviewing, a series of peer reviews, and project status updates. The final fellowship selection for the 2019 cohort will be announced in September.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 17 at 11:59PM EST. Under no circumstances will we accept late submissions.

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