The Better Angels Lavine Fellowship Program was established in 2021 as a component of the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film. The Lavine Fellowship is made possible by The Better Angels Society and Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine through the Crimson Lion Lavine Family Foundation. The fellowship is for promising filmmakers whose films are not selected as finalists for the Lavine Prize, but demonstrate the potential for excellence. With a special emphasis on film projects telling the stories of America’s diversity, the filmmakers receive mentorship, guidance, and advice from a panel of expert filmmakers on the film projects they submitted to the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.
In 2021, the Fellowship film Fannie Lou Hamer’s America went from late-stage production to broadcast on PBS in less than one year, and the filmmakers credited this Fellowship with a significant impact in the project’s success.
The Better Angels Lavine Fellowship provides mentorship for 5-6 filmmakers per year. All applicants to the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film will be considered automatically for the fellowship. No additional application materials are necessary.
Learn more about how to apply for this year’s Prize here.