Donovan Tolledo '22 Named Film Independent's 2023 Project Involve Fellow

Aisha Amin
February 21, 2023

Film alumnus Donovan Tolledo ’22 has been named one of thirty Project Involve Fellows as part of Film Independent’s Artistic programs.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Film Independent's commitment to supporting emerging creators through their Artist Development programs including: Screenwriting, Producing, Documentary and Episodic Labs, Global Media Makers, Fast Track, and Project Involve.

Tolledo is one of 30 new faces to the program which is a nine-month long workshop aimed to support new work from writers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, animators, programmers, and entertainment executives from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.

In addition to this, the program will also include the production of several Project Involve short films—to be created by the Fellows in collaboration with one another—and will culminate in a screening.

Donovan Tolledo is a writer and producer born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Manila and Chicago. He recently received his MFA in creative producing from Columbia University. His work there has won multiple grants and screened at Newfest. His thesis short, Fat Lip, received support from Panavision New Filmmakers Program, was a National Board of Review nominee and is currently on the festival circuit. The feature-length script for Fat Lip landed him the 2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellowship. As a filmmaker, he focuses on stories about marginalized and migrant people, exploring racial inequity and sexual identity through cinema.