In 2020, Docs In Progress moved the Fellowship Program to a virtual world, opening the program to a more diverse set of filmmakers. Starting in 2023, the now Legacy Fellowship has been refocused to serve those filmmakers who already have a story treatment and are about to embark on principal photography and/or ready for post production. Documentary Filmmakers, who are still in development and need assistance, should apply for Docs' new fellowship program for Documentary Story Development.  

COHORT MEETING DATES:  7 TUESDAYS - 5/23, 6/20, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24, 11/28 FROM 7:00-9:30 PM (virtual-Zoom)

FEES:  There is no application fee.  If accepted into the Fellowship Program, Fellows pay a participation fee of $550 (due in full before the programs starts).

The submission deadline for the 2023 Fellowship Programs has now closed.


The Legacy Fellowship experience includes: 

  • Accountability: By setting realistic goals for progress.  By having monthly check-in sessions with the facilitator and peers, Fellows are more likely to make significant progress with their films than by going it alone. 
  • Expertise from seasoned documentary industry professionals who serve guest presenters on topics ranging from impact producing to editing to distribution.
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with past Fellows as part of our larger Fellowship network. 
  • All in a safe zone where constructive advice and feedback is fostered.

Other Benefits for Fellows:

  • A professional development voucher which can be applied to a one-day or one-evening Docs In Progress program during the course of their Fellowship. 
  • A 60-minute consultation with Docs In Progress about their work-in-progress.  The consultation can focus on mentoring, assistance getting a project ready for a work-in-progress screening, Fiscal Sponsorship, or questions related to structural development, fundraising, or outreach. A Docs expert will be assigned depending upon the fellow's need.  
  • Featured as a Fellow on the Docs In Progress website, including a photo and information about their work-in-progress
  • Fellows will receive added consideration for Docs' Trailer Night and Work-In-Progress screenings
  • Become part of our 90+ Alumni Fellows network at the conclusion of the Fellowship.


The online application should take about 20-30 minutes to complete. Please read the application very carefully. The Docs In Progress review committee will review the individual application and assess the overall composition of the cohort in their decision-making. Filmmakers should have a solid idea that they want to develop, specific goals for how the Fellowship will help at their stage, and a willingness to give and receive feedback as part of the cohort.

Accepted Fellows  must commit to attending 90% of these meetings since they form the core of the Fellowship Program. (This means you may miss only one meeting during your fellowship.)  

The submission deadline for the 2023 Fellowship Programs has now closed.



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