The Institute for Documentary Filmmaking
The annual January through June Institute for Documentary Filmmaking is the central educational offering of The Documentary Center and is both a theoretical and hands-on exploration of the documentary form.
Participants in the Institute come from around the world, and admission is competitive and by application only.
Individuals in the Institute come from such diverse backgrounds as broadcasting, law, psychology, literature, science, anthropology, museum studies, and education. Many participants have no background at all that would necessarily lead to careers in filmmaking. Some participants have extensive experience in the filmmaking or media-related fields.
What all participants share, however, is a commitment to create non-fiction stories and developing their expression in a visual form. Moreover, each member of the Institute must have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, as this course – as well as all filmmaking – is a highly interactive, interpersonal experience.
The Institute is divided into two parts.
The first portion of the Institute runs from January through the end of April and deals with the conceptual issues in filmmaking as well as technical workshops.
The second part of the program is the group production of a documentary film and occurs in May and June.
We offer a total of nine graduate credits for this program and all individuals who successfully complete the full program with a grade of "B" or higher will earn a Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking.
The students at the Institute work as a group to develop and produce a short documentary film.
The participants in the program will again select a new subject for their documentary.