Filmmakers Erica Eng and July Jung have been named as recipients of the 2023 Academy Gold Fellowship for Women.
About the fellowship: The fellowship is a one-year program designed to provide support, mentorship and networking opportunities for emerging women filmmakers. Two — one in the U.S. and one internationally — are awarded annually with a prize amount of $35,000 each.
Now in its sixth year, the program is part of the Academy Gold global talent development and inclusion initiative. This marks the second year it was presented in partnership with French luxury fashion house Chanel.
About the U.S. fellow: Eng, recipient of the U.S. fellowship, is a fifth-generation Chinese American director based in Los Angeles. She is known for her award-winning short films “Americanized” and “Off Fairfax.” Her next work, “The Ghost,” will premiere on Disney+ as part of Disney’s Launchpad shorts incubator program.
About the international fellow: Jung, recipient of the international fellowship, is a director and screenwriter from Yeosu, South Korea. She is known for her award-winning features “A Girl at My Door” and “Next Sohee.” Both films were recognized at the Cannes Film Festival.
What the Academy is saying: The Academy recognized Eng and Jung as “exceptional filmmakers.” The pair were selected from a group of six finalists, which included Haley Anderson (U.S.), Nikyatu Jusu (U.S.), Alisa Kovalenko (International) and Rebekah Fortune (International).
“We are honored to advance the work of Erica and July — two extraordinary filmmakers,” Academy Senior Vice President of Impact and Global Talent Development Kendra Carter said in a statement. “The Academy’s Gold Fellowship for Women is a crucial part of the Academy’s goals to inspire up-and-coming artists, create engaging film industry opportunities for underrepresented communities, and develop the next generation of diverse and dynamic film talent.”