The 4th World Media Lab is a year-long fellowship for emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers, providing opportunities to develop filmmaking skills and networks through festival participation, hands-on training, masterclasses, workshopping projects in development, pitch activities, and meetings with funders and other industry decision-makers. Fellowship activities take place February through May 2023 at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and at Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), The program is a collaborative partnership between the festivals and Nia Tero, a U.S.-based non-profit working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and movements worldwide. At Big Sky, fellows will attend the DocShop filmmaker’s forum, Indigenous filmmaker screenings and events, and a private seminar with leaders in the Indigenous filmmaking community and the film industry at large. The Seattle experience, in partnership with Nia Tero, offers industry master classes, hands-on training and global networking in the SIFF urban festival atmosphere. The Points North Institute in Camden provides a vast network of peer and industry mentors and resources at CIFF, including access to the Points North Forum and opportunities for one-on-one connections with future collaborators and funders.
Fellows will receive a $10,000 artist development grant from the Nia Tero Foundation as well as travel support and all access passes to all three festivals.
Applications for the 2023 4th World Media Lab are open September 15 through November 30, 2022. Click below to learn more about eligibility, required information and to submit your application!
Eligible to apply are Indigenous peoples residing in North America including Native American, Alaska Natives, Kanaka Maoli, First Nations, Métis and Inuit of Canada, and those of Indigenous heritage from south of the US border and of Pasifika heritage living in North America. Each filmmaker will have at least two years’ experience in professional filmmaking. Applicants should have an active work-in-progress or finished film they are prepared to pitch, workshop or market with mentors and industry.
4th World is a concept that was shared by a Coast Salish elder. It is the story about a time when the environment and the earth are suffering, and Indigenous storytelling functions as the medicine to create healing. The 4th World Media Lab experience has been designed to uplift Indigenous voices and perspectives through artist fellowship, immersion in industry events and Indigenous project development as we collectively envision a future more whole.
2015: STEVEN PAUL JUDD | KHALIL HUDSON | MELISSA WOODROW | SUSAN BALBAS | DALLAS PINKHAM | PESHAWN BREAD | PAUL COLLINS | LULU DEBOER | GISELLA BUSTILLOS
2017: JUSTIN DEEGAN | RENA PRIEST | KYLE BELL | RAZELLE BENALLY | DANIEL HYDE | LELA CHILDS | RACHEL PLENTY WOLF | SAVANNA THUNDER
2018: RAZELLE BENALLY (Oglala/Diné) | RAMONA EMERSON (Diné) | LEYA HALE (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota/Diné) | ALEX LAZAROWICH (Cree) | IVY MACDONALD (Blackfeet) | CHRISTEN MARQUEZ (Native Hawaiian) | COURTNEY MONTOUR (Mohawk) | ALYCIA ORTIZ (Miwok) | DEIDRA PEACHES (Diné) | COLLEEN THURSTON (Choctaw) | SHAANDIIN TOME (Diné)
2019: TAYLOR HENSEL (Cherokee Nation) | LEO KEAHNA (White Earth Anishinaabe and Meskawaki) | IVAN MACDONALD (Blackfeet) | IVY MACDONALD (Blackfeet) | COURTNEY MONTOUR (Mohawk, Kahnawake) | JJ NEEPIN (Cree) | EVELYN PAKINEWATIK (Nipissing First Nation, Ojibwe) | RAVEN TWO FEATHERS (Cherokee, Seneca, Cayuga, and Comanche)
2020: JUSTIN AH CHONG (Kanaka Maoli, Native Hawaiian) | CHAD CHARLIE (Ahousaht First Nation) | EMILY COHEN IBAÑEZ (LatinX, Columbian-American) | GEORGIANNA LEPPING (Soloman Islander) | REGINA LEPPING (Solomon Islander) | ALEX SALLEE (Iñupiaq) | ASHLEY SOLIS (Nahua and Chicana) | ASIA YOUNGMAN (Cree, Métis and Haudenosaunee)
2021-2022: AJUAWAK KAPESHESIT (White Earth Ojibwe descendant Waskaganish Cree Enrolled member) | BRIT HENSEL (Cherokee Nation) | ERIN LAU (Native Hawaiian) | MORNINGSTAR ANGELINE (Navajo, Chippewa Cree, Blackfeet, Shoshone and Latinx) | LUCÍA ORTEGA TOLEDO (Zapotec) | THEOLA ROSS (Cree Treaty 5, Pimicikamak Cree Nation-Cross Lake)
Great thanks to the 4th World collective and program partners: