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We created the Fledgling Engagement Lab to extend and deepen our support for documentary filmmakers interested in maximizing the social impact of their projects and building collaborative relationships with their peers.


2018 LAB

The 2018 Lab launched in May 2018 and ran through May 2019.  Each of these six films has significant potential to make impact, a dedicated team and a commitment to collaboration.  

2016 LAB

2014 LAB


The Fledgling Engagement Lab brings together a small number of social issue documentary film teams along with experts and mentors to design and implement effective outreach and engagement strategies. It is designed to support each project team and maximize the film’s social impact. Participants become Fledgling Fellows. The Lab is open to documentary film projects that are in the early stages of planning and executing outreach and engagement and meet Fledgling’s grant criteria. Film teams are invited to the Lab based on their commitment to outreach and engagement, stage of project and their collaborative spirit. The Lab includes a series of focused residencies and online and in-person gatherings, in which these Fledgling Fellows work with one another and with experts to craft their social impact goals and strategies for achieving and documenting them.  We share this impact and learning through case studies, papers and our blog. We launched the first Engagement Lab in 2014 with financial support from the Ford Foundation and the Dobkin Family Foundation and thank them for their support.  We were thrilled to have the support of the Dobkin Family Foundation and the Union Square Fund for the 2016 Engagement Lab. We also are grateful to the advisors and experts who contributed their expertise and knowledge along the way.