Jacob Burns Film Center

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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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