Take One Fellowship Program

Fostering Our Rising FilmmakersVideographersCinematographersDirectorsProducersAnimatorsStorytellers in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

Fellowship is not offered in 2022. Please check back in 2023!

In order to help cultivate media arts career opportunities for our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander youth (AANHPI), ACMA launched a new Fellowship program in 2021. It is designed as an extension of our existing TAKE ONE youth media vocational internship program that teaches basic employable film media skills as well as personal development mentorship to our underserved AAPI youth, ages 16-25.

​Up to two graduates of TAKE ONE who demonstrate their creative passion and commitment to filmmaking, as well as exhibit technical aptitudes, will be selected and approved by ACMA’s Creative Director and the Executive Director.

The candidate(s) are offered a three-month fellowship with ACMA that includes film production resources and advanced vocational training in various areas of filmmaking, as well as one on one mentorship by film and marketing industry professionals.

Professional mentorship would greatly contribute to these individual’s success and outcome by providing role modeling and fostering inspiration. ACMA offers professional mentorship that greatly contributes to the individuals’ success by providing invaluable experience.


​Description: The goal of Film Arts Fellowship program is for the Fellow(s) to develop and produce an original short film project to showcase their talents, gain working knowledge and experience about the process of filmmaking and have access to career networking opportunities.

ACMA’s Advisory and Executive Board members with experience in the film industry will be participating in the Film Arts Fellowship program as mentors on a as needed and schedule permitting basis.

Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Excel in demonstrated technical filmmaking skills and aptitudes such as storytelling & screenplay writing, directing, producing, cinematography and editing.
  • Excel in demonstrated personal aptitudes such as commitment, professionalism, reliability, leadership and overall attitude & passion.

Winter 2022 Fellows

Alijah Jacob Castillo Buada

Television, Film, and New Media

Alijah Jacob is a Filipino-American creative and aspiring screenwriter who majors in Television, Film, and New Media with an Emphasis in Critical Studies at San Diego State University. He has always been invested in the art of self-expression and has worked to cultivate an intrinsic connection to writing.

William Pellegrini


William Pellegrini is a Hispanic man whose family immigrated to the United States from Honduras. He was born in San Diego, and majored in Communication at San Diego State University. Since he was nine, William had a strong pull towards stage acting which quickly blossomed into a love for film and media.

Spring 2021 Fellow

Emily Tonnu

Film Arts

Emily Tonnu (/tō/-/n(y)o͞o/) is a filmmaker, writer, and video editor based in San Diego, California. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Television, Film, and New Media Production with a minor in Creative Writing at San Diego State University. After college, she aspires to be a film/TV editor and/or writer.

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By supporting our Fellows, you will also be supporting our next generation of AAPI filmmakers in promoting more diverse voices heard in the film media arts benefiting our entire community!