Débora Souza Silva awarded Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

Former filmmaker in residence and current Glassbreaker Films grantee, Débora Souza Silva, was awarded the 2018 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina. 

Debora Souza Silva Black Mothers

Souza Silva was one of two recipients of the award for her work on Black Mothers. Lucas Habte received the honor with her for Shadow of His Wings. The recipients presented excerpts from their works-in-progress prior to the screening of Minding the Gap, directed by 2017 grant recipient Bing Liu on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. 


From Full Frame: 

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was founded in 2007 to support singular new voices in documentary film. Its emphasis is on first-time filmmakers with unconventional training, those making formally challenging work, and those grappling with difficult subjects. Welcoming any background, training or subject, the overriding mission is to support unique filmmaking talents at this crucial moment in their careers.

The grant strives to connect new filmmakers to the larger documentary community. Grantees are invited to the annual festival as special guests, and given the opportunity to take part in one-on-one meetings, work-in-progress screenings, and a range of related activities. Working closely with Full Frame, grant committee members Ian Olds, Rachael Rakes, Thom Powers, and Esther Robinson have built an ongoing support pipeline that helps first-time filmmakers cultivate creative and professional relationships, build their understanding of the industry, and forge lasting networks of industry support as they move toward completion of their first feature film.

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