Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship

2021 Emerging Filmmakers FellowsThe Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship is a nine-month, project-based program during which fellows will receive access to equipment and facilities at Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication with high-end editing capabilities, student interns to help on productions, advice and mentorship from Diederich College faculty, and a small stipend. In exchange we ask that you speak in relevant classes once each semester and mentor student interns.

The Fellowship is designed for emerging or early-career filmmakers, those for whom the completion of this project will have a significant impact on their career trajectory. Faculty mentorship of fellows will include monthly check-in meetings, advice, and guidance on an ad hoc basis as needed or requested.

Successful applicants will apply with projects that can reasonably be completed in the 2022 calendar year. Projects may be short films, or proof of concept pieces for feature films that will be used for further grant applications and project development.


Two fellows will be selected:

Social Justice Fellowship

This fellowship is to support a film exploring a social issue. It can be either documentary or fiction and is open to a filmmaker from any background.

New Voices Fellowship

This fellowship is open to any filmmaker whose project works with a community of color and addresses its experiences.

Filmmakers may apply to either or both of the fellowships.


Applications are closed for 2022.

Overview of the Schedule

  • Application due April 1, 2022
  • Interviews with finalist candidates April 4-April 11, 2022
  • Fellowship starts May 2, 2022
  • Preproduction: May through June
  • Production: June through August
  • Postproduction September through December
  • Final deliverable due January 15, 2023