June 7, 2019
Exploring with film since 1954.
2019 Flaherty Film Seminar Partnerships' Grantees
We are very excited to announce our 2019 Seminar partnerships and their grantees.

In an effort to allow even more independent filmmakers and film professionals to have the Seminar experience the Flaherty is partnering with distinguished film organizations, who are invested in supporting the further professional development of their grantees.

Thanks to the inspiring programs at COUSIN, Ford Foundation JustFilms, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, and the Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Initiative, eight independent filmmakers and film professionals will take part in the 2019 Flaherty Seminar.

Congratulations to the selected grantees:

Tracy Rector
Suzanne Kite

Ford Foundation JustFilms:
Abby Sun
Darol Kay
Alia Ayman

Princess Grace Foundation-USA:
Caitlin Craggs
Gonzalo Escobar Mora

Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Initiative:
Deborah Stratman

A film collective founded by Alex Lazarowich, Adam Khalil, Sky Hopinka and Adam Piron. COUSIN is a film collective with a mission to embolden Indigenous artist to make films that are personal, provocative, and proudly non-conformist. We want to celebrate this work, get it made and seen. We want to share it with audiences and build a radical film movement. Part of providing a space for Indigenous artists at this seminar is getting Indigenous artists into these spaces and to increase our presence and awareness of your work. 

Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Princess Grace Foundation-USA
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported foundation, headquartered in New York City and founded 37 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. The Foundation assists emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.

Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Initiative
The Art of Nonfiction Fellowship supports artists with a distinct voice and vision and provides them with an unrestricted grant and year-long fellowship track tailored to their creative aspirations and challenges. 
Internship Opening
Accepting Applications Now for the Flaherty Fall 2019 Internship!

The Flaherty has an opening for a Fall office intern. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about arts administration and for those that have an interest in documentary/experimental film. Interns will be expected to work a minimum of two days a week (days TBD) in the Flaherty office (New York, NY). The internship starts in late August and goes through mid-December. This is an unpaid position, but college credit may be available. Find more details here . Deadline is July 24.

Upcoming Deadline

There's only a few days left to apply to @firelightmedia's #DocumentaryLab! Every fellow will receive a grant of $15K towards their project! Apply by June 17th!

Join @Firelightmedia's Virtual Info Session on Tuesday, June 11 at 1PM ET to learn more about the #DocumentaryLab program! RSVP here !
The Handmade Film Institute is dedicated to exploring, extending, and supporting the use of analog motion picture film as an artistic medium. Join us for deep-dive residencies that foster creative growth in a supportive environment! June 2-9 Pacific NW | July 6-14 Rocky Mountains | July 20-31 Mt. Zirkel Wilderness
IMAP (Integrated Media Arts Production) is an MFA graduate program at New Jersey City University specifically geared toward independent media artists. We offer a contemporary, critically charged approach toward media arts with areas of expertise in video, film and new media, at the intersection of emerging social platforms.

Enrollment in September 2019 or January 2020
Call for Entries
Peer Pitch is a space where you can get and give constructive feedback on your documentary pitch and work sample in a safe space with other filmmakers. Organized by Docs In Progress and The D-Word, the event takes place as a prelude to the AFI DOCS Film Festival.

Deadline is June 19.
Open for filmmakers internationally, the SFFILM Vulcan Productions Environmental Fellowship supports a feature documentary project in development or early production that addresses pressing environmental or conservation issues through strong, creative storytelling. A $25,000 grant i s awarded to the fellow and their project. The deadline to apply is  June 5 .
INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media and San Francisco Cinematheque invite proposals and submission for the forthcoming publication, CRAIG BALDWIN: SCIENCE IN ACTION , a compendium documenting the work of acclaimed filmmaker and curator Craig Baldwin (Flaherty Filmmaker 1995), an inspiring and influential figure in contemporary media arts. Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2019.
2018 SEMINAR THE NECESSARY IMAGE T-SHIRTS! Flaherty Seminar Summer Staff members Alec Lane & AK Hansen model the two colors. Limited sizes left, get them while we have them.

To purchase: MERCHANDISE
The 2018 Seminar Catalogue still available! 

It is in full color and includes detailed information about the 64th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, THE NECESSARY IMAGE

It is a great keepsake with articles and essays by 2018 programmers , Kevin Jerome Everson and Greg de Cuir Jr., Anita Reher and Toby Lee , as well as a full list of works screened, films' distributors, guest artist biographies, and impressions from Flaherty filmmakers and fellows. 

If you attended the Seminar you need this... if you didn't - you need it even more!

Purchase Here: 2018 Catalogue


Download the Flaherty Brochure HERE. Read about The Flaherty's wide scope of activities, initiative, partnerships and much more.
The Flaherty is actively looking for suggestions for past Seminar titles in need of preservation and for funding to accomplish it. 
Support the Flaherty
For lovers of experimental, non-fiction and avant-garde films remember your small non-profit media arts organization  FLAHERTY  in your yearly giving!

A donation to The Flaherty is a great way to make sure the creative works of our artists and filmmakers continue to be programmed, presented and discussed. 
About the Flaherty

The Flaherty is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the proposition that independent media can illuminate the human spirit. Its mission is to foster exploration, dialogue, and introspection about the art and craft of all forms of the moving image. It was established to present the annual Flaherty Film Seminar, named after the maker of such seminal documentaries as  Nanook of the North, Man of Aran,  and  Louisiana Story . The Seminar remains the central and defining activity of The Flaherty. Other activities include: Flaherty NYC, a seasonal screening series showcasing innovative nonfiction media; Flaherty on the Road, presenting films from the Seminar at venues across the country; and the preservation and distribution of Robert Flaherty's  Nanook of the North  and  Louisiana Story , as well as audio recordings from Seminar discussions dating back to 1958.