Photo with someone looking through a camera with text New Angle Fellows



New Angle Fellows is a 7-month fellowship that supports underrepresented and emerging documentary filmmakers who are creating their own work and hoping to get to the next step in their filmmaking journey. This cohort of six members will support one another and get the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge from more advanced filmmakers. Fellows also receive a $3000 stipend to support them in producing their documentary.

NOTE: Because of the pandemic, we are planning a hybrid fellowship this year that will include mostly virtual meetings but some in-person socially-distanced meetings as well. All meetings will be discussed and planned intentionally with fellows' safety as a priority.


You are eligible for this fellowship if you meet the requirements below:

  • You are a resident of the Twin Cities Metro Area and are living here throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • You are a member of a marginalized and underrepresented community: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women or non-binary, disabled, etc.
  • You are 18+ years old and NOT enrolled in a higher education institution from Fall 2020-Spring 2021. 
  • You are an emerging filmmaker. Emerging artists are defined as:

    • Artists who have an ongoing commitment to working in the media production, rather than engaging in it as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit.
    • Artists who at the time of the application have generated, completed and publicly presented/published documentary work.
    • Artists whose primary goal is to generate new documentaries, as opposed to remounting or re-interpreting existing works.
    • Artists who are in the early stages of their creative development. Artists who have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”.
    • Artists who have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large.

You must also have the capacity to meet the program requirements from November 2020 through May 2021. This includes:

  • Attend monthly sessions  (dates will be determined soon)
  • Engage with other fellows in the cohort to support one another
  • Complete a 20-60 minute work-in-progress or completed documentary film to show in a public event in May 2021
  • Submit the film to air on SPNN's channel after the film has been completed and submitted at film festivals of the filmmaker's choosing


About the Application:

The application will open September 7th through October 2nd. The application includes three pieces:

  1. The application
  2. An artistic resume
  3. A work sample (up to 5 minutes of material)


Doc U alum are highly encouraged to apply, but you must have created work beyond the Doc U program. If you are a Doc U alum who has not been able to produce work but would like to gain more experience, please contact Joua at We have a pilot program that may be a better fit for you.


Former Fellows

  • 2019-2020 Fellows

    Adrian Mack

    Adja Gildersleve

    Kevin Yang

    Tommy Franklin

    Bao Vue

    Za'Nia Coleman

  • 2018-2019 Fellows

    Aida Al-Kadi

    Georgia Fort

    Cameron Yang

    Phillip McGraw

    Lizzie Hutchins

    Xiaolu Wang

    Tahiel Jiminez

The Jerome Foundation logo. In black letters on white background it says New Angle Doc U Fellow is supported in part by a grant from the Jerome Foundation.