Jacob Burns Film Center developed Creative Culture to champion diverse voices and foster a thriving artistic community from the region, across the country and around the world. Donor-funded fellowships and residencies help to ensure that people from every economic background have access to this rich experience.

FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Creative Culture provides 10-month-long fellowship experiences for emerging filmmakers looking to produce two short film projects in a collaborative community. Fellows receive access to production equipment and space, mentorship, and the JBFC’s industry network.

ELIGIBILITY FOR FELLOWSHIPS

 Fellowships are open to all applicants who fit each individual fellowship’s eligibility requirements and show a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate the strongest present need for the fellowship. Short films made in Creative Culture’s fellowship program cannot be used to fulfill an academic requirement.

  • The Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship gives preference to applicants under the age of 30 who have graduated from college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Priority is given to applicants living in Westchester County, NY. (Offered Fall & Spring)
  • This Social Justice Filmmaker Fellowship is open to a filmmaker proposing a short film project that engages with issues of social justice by confronting inequality and creating dialogue. (Offered Only in Fall)
  • The Northwell Health & Wellness Fellowship is open to applicants proposing a short film engaging with issues surrounding health and wellness. Since health is a broad issue, the project may explore experiences with addiction, depression, chronic disease, mental health, gun violence, research, or recovery to name just a few focuses applicable to this fellowship. (Offered Only in Fall) 
  • The Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship is open to all women filmmakers who have graduated college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. (Offered Fall & Spring)
  • The Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellowship is open to all filmmakers from underrepresented communities who have graduated college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. (Offered Only in Spring) 
  • Artists working in all film genres are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

-Artist Statement: a written description of the applicant's work and its significance 

-Statement of purpose: an outline of the applicant's goals for the fellowship

- Project proposal: A detailed plan for the project the applicant will complete during the fellowship period, including a rough timeline. The proposal should also provide information on the current status of the project, highlighting available materials (e.g. script or plot treatment), any casting or crew decisions to date, and completed work on the project thus far, if any.

- A representative reel or three (3) work samples

- Two (2) professional references

- C.V.

*Applications are evaluated on artistic merit, feasibility of the proposed project, and adherence to the application guidelines.

The deadline to apply for fall 2018 Creative Culture fellowships is July 1, 2018.  Candidates will be notified of their status by mid August, with a tentative start date of September 2018. The fall Creative Culture term runs from September-January.

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The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to promoting the growth and development of new filmmakers through the Social Justice Filmmaker Fellowship.

The fellowship, which encourages community engagement, aims to foster thoughtful media-creation and provides talented emerging artists with the necessary time and resources to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students.

The Fall 2018 Social Justice Filmmaker Fellow will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center for 10 months and supported on the production of two short film projects beginning in September 2018. The Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium for their first film project. The Fellow will join the Creative Culture program: a community of emerging filmmakers producing short projects. The Fellow will be provided with work space, tuition-free enrollment in Media Arts Lab classes, and 24/7 access to Lab resources, including use of the recording studio, sound stage, and state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment. Fellows are a vital part of the JBFC education department: they serve as Teaching Assistants for education programs at the Lab, and assist with school partnerships, blog posts, and outreach initiatives as needed. The Fellow is required to attend a weekly session with peer filmmakers from the Creative Culture Fellowship program and be present for their assigned Teaching Assistant responsibilities. Beyond that, the campus is open to the fellow to be used as needed by the filmmaker in order to complete their film project.

Eligibility:
This fellowship is open to a filmmaker proposing a short film project that engages with issues of social justice by confronting inequality and creating dialogue.

Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, narrative, virtual reality, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Application requirements:

  • Artist Statement: a written description of the applicant's work and its significance
  • Statement of Purpose: an outline of the applicant's goals for the fellowship
  • Project Proposal: A detailed plan for the project the Fellow will complete during the fellowship period, including a rough timeline. The proposal should also provide information on the current status of the project, highlighting available materials (e.g. script or plot treatment), any casting or crew decisions to date, and any completed work on the project thus far.
  • A representative reel or three (3) work samples
  • Two (2) professional references
  • CV

Applications are evaluated on artistic merit, feasibility of the proposed project, and adherence to the application guidelines.  

The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to promoting the growth and development of new filmmakers through the Northwell Health & Wellness Fellowship.

The fellowship, which encourages community engagement, aims to foster thoughtful media-creation and provides talented emerging artists with the necessary time and resources to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students.

The Fall 2018 Northwell Health & Wellness Fellow will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center  for 10 months and supported on the production of two short film projects beginning in September 2018. The Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium for their first film project. The Fellow will join the Creative Culture program: a community of emerging filmmakers producing short projects. The Fellow will be provided with work space, tuition-free enrollment in Media Arts Lab classes, and 24/7 access to Lab resources, including use of the recording studio, sound stage, and state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment. Fellows are a vital part of the JBFC education department: they serve as Teaching Assistants for education programs at the Lab, and assist with school partnerships, blog posts, and outreach initiatives as needed. The Fellow is required to attend a weekly session with peer filmmakers from the Creative Culture Fellowship program and be present for their assigned Teaching Assistant responsibilities. Beyond that, the campus is open to the fellow to be used as needed by the filmmaker in order to complete their film project.


Eligibility:
This fellowship is open to a filmmaker proposing a short film project engaging with issues surrounding health and wellness. Since health is a broad issue, the proposed project may explore experiences with addiction, depression, chronic disease, mental health, gun violence, research, or recovery to name just a few of the focuses applicable to this fellowship.  

Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, narrative, virtual reality, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Application requirements:
 

  • Artist Statement: a written description of the applicant's work and its significance
  • Statement of Purpose: an outline of the applicant's goals for the fellowship
  • Project Proposal: A detailed plan for the project the Fellow will complete during the fellowship period, including a rough timeline. The proposal should also provide information on the current status of the project, highlighting available materials (e.g. script or plot treatment), any casting or crew decisions to date, and any completed work on the project thus far.
  • A representative reel or three (3) work samples
  • Two (2) professional references
  • CV

Applications are evaluated on artistic merit, feasibility of the proposed project, and adherence to the application guidelines.  

The Northwell Health & Wellness Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support from Northern Westchester Hospital and Phelps Hospital, proud members of Northwell Health

Northwell Health, New York State’s largest health care provider, is committed to improving the health of our communities with a focus on prevention, wellness, and providing the full continuum of diagnosis, treatment and after-care services. 

The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to promoting the growth and development of new filmmakers through the Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship.

The fellowship, which encourages community engagement, aims to foster thoughtful media-creation and provides talented emerging artists with the necessary time and resources to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students.

The Fall 2018 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center for 10 months and supported on the production of two short film projects beginning in September 2018. The Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium for their first film project. The Fellow will join the Creative Culture program: a community of emerging filmmakers producing short projects. The Fellow will be provided with work space, tuition-free enrollment in Media Arts Lab classes, and 24/7 access to Lab resources, including use of the recording studio, sound stage, and state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment. Fellows are a vital part of the JBFC education department: they serve as Teaching Assistants for education programs at the Lab, and assist with school partnerships, blog posts, and outreach initiatives as needed. The Fellow is required to attend a weekly session with peer filmmakers from the Creative Culture Fellowship program and be present for their assigned Teaching Assistant responsibilities. Beyond that, the campus is open to the fellow to be used as needed by the filmmaker in order to complete their film project.

Eligibility:

This fellowship gives preference applicants under the age of 30 who have graduated college, and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Priority is given to applicants living in Westchester County, NY.

Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, narrative, virtual reality, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate or document financial need to supplement their application.

Application requirements:

  • Artist Statement: a written description of the applicant's work and its significance
  • Statement of Purpose: an outline of the applicant's goals for the fellowship
  • Project Proposal: A detailed plan for the project the Fellow will complete during the fellowship period, including a rough timeline. The proposal should also provide information on the current status of the project, highlighting available materials (e.g. script or plot treatment), any casting or crew decisions to date, and any completed work on the project thus far.
  • A representative reel or three (3) work samples
  • Two (2) professional references
  • CV

Applications are evaluated on artistic merit, feasibility of the proposed project, and adherence to the application guidelines. 


The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation, a nonprofit community endowment for the benefit of Westchester County.

The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to promoting the growth and development of new filmmakers through the Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship.

The fellowship, which encourages community engagement, aims to foster thoughtful media-creation and provides talented female artists with the necessary time and resources to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students.

The Fall 2018 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center  for 10 months and supported on the production of two short film projects beginning in September 2018. The Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium for their first film project. The Fellow will join the Creative Culture program: a community of emerging filmmakers producing short projects. The Fellow will be provided with work space, tuition-free enrollment in Media Arts Lab classes, and 24/7 access to Lab resources, including use of the recording studio, sound stage, and state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment. Fellows are a vital part of the JBFC education department: they serve as Teaching Assistants for education programs at the Lab, and assist with school partnerships, blog posts, and outreach initiatives as needed. The Fellow is required to attend a weekly session with peer filmmakers from the Creative Culture Fellowship program and be present for their assigned Teaching Assistant responsibilities. Beyond that, the campus is open to the fellow to be used as needed by the filmmaker in order to complete their film project.

Eligibility:

The Fellowship is open to woman filmmakers who have graduated college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts.

Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, video art, narrative, etc.) and disciplines (screenwriting, sound design, cinematography, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Application requirements:

  • Artist Statement: a written description of the applicant's work and its significance
  • Statement of Purpose: an outline of the applicant's goals for the fellowship
  • Project Proposal: A detailed plan for the project the Fellow will complete during the fellowship period, including a rough timeline. The proposal should also provide information on the current status of the project, highlighting available materials (e.g. script or plot treatment), any casting or crew decisions to date, and any completed work on the project thus far.
  • A representative reel or three (3) work samples
  • Two (2) professional references
  • CV

Applications are evaluated on artistic merit, feasibility of the proposed project, and adherence to the application guidelines. 

The Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Jacob Burns Foundation.