NBCU Academy in partnership with NBC News Studios, the NBC News documentary division, is awarding a fellowship to documentarians who identify as — or showcase stories highlighting social issues affecting — women, LGBTQ+, communities of color and people with disabilities. The Original Voices Fellowship is an invitation-only artist development opportunity that supports filmmakers with new feature-length nonfiction films in all stages of production. The selected fellowswill receive a non-recoupable $45,000 grant and a one-year fellowship designed to help each film making team with the completion of their films. Fellows will also have access to archival research, production resources as well as NBC News Studios executives and journalists. In this year’s cohort, we are proud to support coming of age stories that transcend borders, stories of bravery and courage in the face of institutional corruption, stories of nascent parenthood and belonging, films that explore blackness, latinx identity, immigration status, gender, genre, disability, dogma, political disenfranchisement, invisibility, and seven incredibly talented, original voices who embody relentless creativity, integrity, and becoming. Each of the fellows demonstrates distinctive directorial vision and a commitment to equitable filmmaking. We are thrilled to introduce their projects below.