A cultural exchange program designed to foster relationships between Ford Studios® and International film professionals. The program connects international filmmakers with leading U.S. entertainment professionals through comprehensive filmmaker education, business training, professional networking opportunities and tailored mentorships with Ford Studios®.
Over 50 U.S. mentors from the entertainment industry have participated in the program to offer project support and networking opportunities and foster creative connections for participating international filmmakers.
Since the program’s inception, more than 25 Fellows have been mentored, leading to 57 produced projects. Since 2012, we have broadened our scope beyond Europe to Asia Pacific, including the nations of Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, India, and China, while continuing to establish a foundation of success in Latin America.
Up to 3 Fellows are selected for a year-long mentorship program. Fellows participate in filmmaking labs focused on screenwriting, directing, creative producing and documentary filmmaking where they develop their current projects with a team of U.S. mentors. The program provides access to individual Mentors for project support and networking.
Fellows also participate in hands-on production that provides exposure to the latest tools and technology to make film, television and new media. Workshops focus on a specific area of film and television and are led by prominent filmmakers and industry leaders from the U.S.
Nominated applicants must be a citizen and/or current resident of one of the eligible countries and submit an online application about a project currently in advanced development or production that addresses an issue of local importance in the applicant’s home country or region.
NOTE: Until further notice, Ford Studios® Mentorship Program will be held virtually, via Zoom.