The 3rd Annual Native American Unscripted Workshop has opened the call for applications. This initiative is focused on spotlighting Native American documentary filmmakers and non-fiction content creators. With support from Comcast NBCUniversal, A+E Networks, Spectrum and YAHOO, NAMA is providing the Native American Unscripted Workshop for emerging and seasoned indigenous documentary filmmakers seeking to explore outlets for their current and upcoming projects.
The workshop is a virtual week-long creative program that provides access to creative executives, experienced producers and veteran documentary filmmakers. In its third year, the Native American Unscripted Workshop will accept approximately 10 Native American filmmakers to participate in the program taking place in late October, 2023. The Early Deadline to apply is July 31st, 2023 (Regular Deadline is August 14th, 2023 and the Final Deadline is August 28th, 2023).
The Native American Unscripted Workshop is designed to encourage Native American filmmakers to expand on their current opportunities. The workshop culminates in a pitch panel that will have each fellow present their latest project to creative executives and non-fiction producers.
Application is available below. Check out past fellows here:
About the Program
The week-long curriculum will have daily creative discussions with experienced producers, creative executives and veteran filmmakers. These meetings will provide additional insight into professional development, exploring career opportunities and developing a project for pitching.
The workshop will culminate with each participant pitching before a panel of unscripted creative executives. This final component will have each participant receive feedback and guidance on their current unscripted or documentary project. Each workshop participant will have the opportunity to discuss creative development, enhance their respective materials and improve their project sample. The goal of the pitch panel is to provide Native American filmmakers with additional opportunities and exposure.
How it Works:
If accepted into the workshop you must be willing to make a commitment to a multi-day program that will entail day and evening virtual meetings.
Who Should Apply:
The Native American Unscripted Workshop is for emerging and seasoned indigenous filmmakers, journalists and producers who have a vested interest in advancing their careers in the unscripted, non-fiction and documentary field. The Native American Unscripted Workshop is for indigenous filmmakers who have an unscripted or documentary film (short or feature), documentary or unscripted series script, documentary or unscripted treatment or a bible for an unscripted television series. Each selected participant must be capable of developing their materials according to the guidance provided in the workshop and offer their material as a salable property.
When to Apply:
The submission period for the Inaugural Native American Unscripted Workshop is now open.
How to Apply:
The online application form is below. Please include a completed application form, a completed release form, biography, resume, statement of interest and submit one sample of the following:
- 1) Documentary or unscripted film (short or feature)
- 2) Documentary or unscripted series script
- 3) Documentary or unscripted series treatment or series bible
- 4) Documentary or unscripted feature film treatment
- 4) Concept materials for a documentary or unscripted series.
- Please note that filmmaker teams are eligible. You must be 18 or over to apply. All submitted materials must be original and all rights must be wholly owned by the applicant.
Early Deadline is July 31st, 2023 11:59pm PST $45
Regular Deadline is August 14th, 2023 11:59pm PST $55
Final Deadline August 28th, 2023 11:59pm PST $65
Please download release form here.