iMPACT LENS Accepting Applications for HILLTOPIA: Narrative Justice Fellowship

Are you a BIPoC* filmmaker from or based in Hilltop?

Apply to be part of the 2021 cohort by February 19th!

HILLTOPIA is a Liberatory Filmmaking and Narrative Justice fellowship with a companion training on trauma informed storytelling and racial justice through an impact lens. This project is geared toward displaced residents of Tacoma/Hilltop, and those with cultural and historical connections to Hilltop, that will be trained by skilled teaching artists in documentary filmmaking and paid to produce a 10-15 minute short film on the impact of displacement and gentrification in Hilltop while highlighting the creative resiliency of BIPoC Hilltop residents. 

This virtual fellowship will take place primarily via Zoom over 8-weeks beginning in March 2021 and culminating in virtual community screening events that will be free and open to the public in June of 2021. 


  • Be currently working on a short film that highlights stories or residents of Hilltop

  • Commit to participating in up to (8) 3-hour weekly trainings from March-May 2021

  • Commit to participating in up to (3) screening and community engagement events

  • Have a willingness to engage in critical conversations around race, social justice and displacement

  • Complete a short documentary by June 2021 – with the support of the Teaching Artists and Mentors

  • Work thoughtfully with the other participants in the fellowship

  • Be open to receiving support and feedback when needed

  • Have meaningful connections to the Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma, WA

Fellows will receive $2,000 for their participation + production and completion of an 10-15 min film and will have access to film equipment and other materials and supplies as needed.

Who We Are Centering: people who identify as Black/African descent and other *BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) with familial or cultural ties to Hilltop, and folks from these communities who have been or are at risk of being displaced from Hilltop due to rent increases, housing and food insecurity, and other intersecting forms of oppression related to gentrification and rapid development. 

We highly encourage Trans, queer and non-binary BIPoC folx to apply!

Click here to learn more and apply!