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The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to promoting the growth and development of new filmmakers from underrepresented communities through the Silver Sun Diverse Voices 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 Spring 2019 Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellow will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center for 10 months and supported on the production of a short film project beginning in February 2019. This film project will be completed by June 2019. The Fellow will then be supported on a second film project from September 2019 through January 2020. Please do not propose the second project within this application. The Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium for their first film project and will join the Creative Culture Fellowship Program: a community of emerging filmmakers producing short projects. The Fellow will be provided with work space 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 community: they may be asked to participate as visiting filmmakers to JBFC education experiences on campus, or as moderators or guest filmmakers at screeenings at our Theater. Fellows are required to attend a weekly session with peer filmmakers from the Creative Culture Fellowship Program. Beyond that, the campus is open to each Fellow to be used as needed by the filmmaker in order to complete their film project.


The fellowship is open to applicants from underrepresented communities 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, 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 Diverse Voices Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the The Silver Sun Foundation.