BDC Films

BDC Films

The BDC Films Fellowship Program invites traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers to participate in a free year-long documentary filmmaking fellowship at the BDC.

The Bronx Documentary Center (BDC) created BDC Films in response to the lack of support for traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers in the Bronx, as well as the changes in storytelling professions that require a broader skillset for potential employment in creative industries. 

Through such offerings as documentary filmmaking courses and professional development workshops; mentorships; documentary film screenings and panel discussions; equipment loans and low-cost rentals; access to free meeting and work space; and a video editing suite, Bronx filmmakers will have the necessary tools to tell their own stories and gain employment in creative industries. 

In addition to enhancing skills, BDC Films is dedicated  to strengthening the BDC’s artistic community by creating a peer-to-peer support network and hub which fosters dialogue and empowers Bronx filmmakers. The BDC is expanding its existing documentary film programming to include regular screenings of work by emerging Bronx filmmakers and an annual Documentary Film Festival.


Applications are due March 15, 2018 by 11:59PM EST.

Download the application here.

The BDC Films Fellowship Program invites traditionally underrepresented documentary filmmakers to participate in a free year-long documentary filmmaking fellowship at the BDC.

Participants are provided with:

  • Workshops with established documentary filmmakers
  • Professional development courses
  • Professional filmmaking equipment
  • Production and post-production space
  • Co-working space
  • Mentorship from BDC staff and visiting filmmakers
  • Opportunities to present their work to the public
  • Monthly travel stipend
  • Peer support


Criteria for Applicants

The BDC seeks to identify fellows who:

  • identify racially, culturally or economically with a historically underrepresented population;
  • are at least 18 years old;
  • live and work in New York City, preferably in the Bronx;
  • are not currently students or enrolled in any degree-granting program at the time of the fellowship;
  • are not participating in a comparable development, fellowship, or residency program;
  • have not written, directed, and/or produced a full-length documentary film that has screened at a national or international film festival.
  • are not currently full-time employees or board members of the BDC.

In addition to the criteria listed above, the BDC will look for candidates who would most benefit from the opportunities that the program offers and who demonstrate a strong vision, commitment to their work, artistic excellence, and potential for artistic growth.

Ideal candidates will have great promise, yet lack access to networks of professionals and artists able to help them take their careers to the next level. An ideal candidate will also most benefit from additional skills development and the provision of space and support to create documentary films. We seek artists whose work stimulates debate and discussion in our community around the themes that guide the BDC: justice, education, and social progress. Lastly, artists must be willing to work collaboratively and supportively in a group of peers and commit to participating in at least 80% of the workshops. Participants are responsible for collaborating on several short documentary projects and are expected to independently complete at least one short documentary during their fellowship.


Application Requirements

Candidates are required to supply the following:

  • BDC Films Fellowship application form found here
  • Resume or CV
  • Written essay (no more than 1 page). 
    Please explain why you would be a good fit for this fellowship and describe what you would be excited to learn or experience.
  • One sample of your documentary filmmaking work. Submissions can be of any length, including full-length features, shorts, or webisodes.
  • One reference

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an application workshop in the BDC's gallery on Saturday, February 24 2018, from 11AM-1PM.

Applications are due March 15, 2018 by 11:59PM EST.

Download the application here.

Please contact BDC Films Program Manager Giacomo Francia at giacomo@bronxdoc.org for more information.


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BDC Films receives support from the Ford Foundation and, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.