Adult Scholarships for Documentary Production Class

Thanks to support from the William and Karen Tell Foundation, Docs In Progress will offer one competitive, needs-based scholarship for adults interested in spending six Saturday mornings learning the basics of documentary filmmaking.  Please review information and  guidelines below before applying.

This hands-on class for new filmmakers focuses on how to plan, shoot and edit a documentary film. The class will introduce participants to screen language and sequencing and provide hands-on experience with digital video cameras and the Adobe Premiere editing system.  Participants will work in small teams to produce a 3-5 minute short documentary. Stories will be assigned and are drawn from people and places in the surrounding areas of Docs In Progress. Camera and editing equipment will be provided for the assigned project only. To see some past films produced by production students, visit our YouTube Channel.

April 1 - May 20, 2017 (Saturday mornings from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)  plus up to 10 hours outside of class time spent on production and editing

This is a competitive, needs-based scholarship which will cover most of the fee for the class.  Determination of the scholarship recipient will be made through the review of applications which are submitted online.


1. Applicants must complete an online application which includes a short essay as to why they would be interested in participating in this program and list two references.

2. Applicants must reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia.

3. If selected, the scholarship recipient must be available to attend all sessions of the class except in the case of illness.

4. Scholarship recipients will be required to write a short essay about their experience during the class and may be invited to present their film at a public screening.

5. Scholarship recipients may be photographed, videotaped, or interviewed by Docs In Progress for outreach purposes.

6. There is no fee to apply for the scholarship.  However, if selected for the scholarship, the recipient would be responsible for paying $100 as the reduced fee for the class in full prior to the first day of class (the class is normally between $595-615). Fees include all supplies and educational materials, but do not include transportation to the class.

7. Scholarship funds are not transferable to other classes, sessions, or participants.

Friday, March 10, 2017

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