It's The 2011 CAAM Fellowship Program

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

From the good folks down at the Center for Asian American Media for all of you writers and artists out there.

Having gone through a successful first year of the Program, we are excited to launch the second year of the 2011 CAAM Fellowship Program. Furthering CAAM’s work to nurture Asian American media professionals and advance the field of Asian American media, the Program will connect talented and dedicated individuals with leading professionals in the field. The CAAM Fellowship Program seeks to develop the talents and skills of a range of media professions including filmmakers, actors, programmers, and executives.

Last year we launched the Program with an impressive slate of emerging Asian American talent as Fellows:

•Soman Chainani (Director),
•Scotty Iseri (Digital Media Producer),
•Cindy Fang (TV Writer),
•Angela Lee (Development Executive / Producer),
•and Canyon Sam (Screenwriter).
We connected the Fellows with accomplished media professionals as Mentors:

•Jessica Yu (Director),
•Nina Walia (New Media Executive),
•Angela Cheng Caplan (Talent Manager),
•Dan Lin (Producer)
•Iris Yamashita (Screenwriter).

The results could not have been more satisfying. The Fellows and Mentors worked together to take a Fellows’ project to the next level meanwhile developing relationships that were nurturing and positive.

Facilitating partnerships within the Asian American filmmaking community is one of the most important work that CAAM does. We continue to receive many comments from the community that speaks to the lack of connection with Asian American film community in any meaningful way.

Participating fellows will have access to the leading Asian American talent in film, television and digital media. Each fellowship will be individually tailored to best fit the needs of the fellows and advisers. Fellowships will range from fully integrated collaborations to regular feedback on current projects to an ongoing dialogue about professional development.

Furthermore, fellows will have the opportunity to connect with the larger community of Asian American media professionals through a Producers Workshop at CAAM’s festival and a CAAM Fellowship Program Retreat hosted by CAAM for all participating mentors and fellows.


Interested applicants please download the application and submit the form and any additional pages necessary as a word or pdf document by

•October 17, 2011 to fellowship2011 [at] caamedia [dot] org
•with the subject heading FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION 2011.
Download the CAAM Fellowship Application 2011

Please email any questions to sapana [at] caamedia [dot] org.

Karin Chien, Director of CAAM Fellowship Program

Karin Chien is an independent film producer based in New York City, and the 2010 recipient of the Independent Spirit Producers Award. Karin has produced ten feature-length films, including CIRCUMSTANCE (2011), THE EXPLODING GIRL (2009), THE MOTEL (2005) and ROBOT STORIES (2002), which have won over 100 festival awards, premiered at Sundance and Berlin, and received international distribution. Karin is the president and founder of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent Chinese cinema.

The CAAM Fellowship Program is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Related links

Watch a live panel from the SFIAAFF ’11 where Fellows discuss their experiences in CAAM’s Fellowship Program.