Published:  07:26 AM, 22 June 2024

US Embassy invites applications for GMM Los Angeles Residency Program

The US Embassy in Bangladesh has invited applications for the 2025 Global Media Makers (GMM) Los Angeles (LA) Residency Program. This residency and cultural exchange program connects international filmmakers with leading U.S. entertainment professionals, fostering a vibrant global filmmaking network, according to a press release issued by the US Embassy, Dhaka on Thursday. Launched in 2016, Global Media Makers has evolved into a comprehensive network that supports visual storytellers worldwide.

The program is a collaboration between Film Independent and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. It has hosted over 155 filmmakers from 23 countries, including Bangladesh, providing them with mentorship, workshops, master classes, and professional networking opportunities. More than 500 U.S. mentors from the entertainment industry have participated, contributing to the program's success.

In May/June 2025, up to 20 Fellows will be selected for the GMM LA Residency. The program consists of one virtual week followed by five weeks in-person in Los Angeles, California. Fellows are chosen based on projects in development that address significant local issues in their countries or regions. Participants engage in filmmaking tracks such as screenwriting, directing, creative producing, or documentary filmmaking. They will attend master classes, learn best practices in American filmmaking, and take elective courses on emerging technologies. Mentorship will continue remotely throughout the year via video call sessions.

Fellows are expected to cultivate a culture of mentorship in their home countries, sharing their experiences and insights with their local filmmaking communities.

Application Instructions: GMM LA Residency Application - Google Form
Application Submission Deadline:

Sunday, June 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. Bangladesh time)
Contact Information: [email protected]

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