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 and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship gives preference to applicants under the age of 30 who demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Priority is given to applicants living in Westchester County, NY. Applicants must have a college degree. (Offered Fall & Spring)
  • The 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 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 Woman Filmmaker Fellowship is open to all women filmmakers who 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 demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. (Offered Only in Spring) 
  • Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, narrative) are encouraged to apply.

Please note, the JBFC cannot sponsor any international applicant for a visa at this time.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

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

- Statement of Purpose: a written explanation of why the Creative Culture Fellowship Program is right for the applicant at this stage in their career.

- 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. If applying for Social Justice Filmmaker Fellowship and/or Health & Wellness Fellowship, the proposal should demonstrate how project will engage with the theme of the fellowship. 

- Up to 3 work samples (can include a reel)

- 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 2019 Creative Culture fellowships is June 30, 2019. Candidates will be notified of their status by mid August, with a tentative start date of September 2019. 

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The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to promoting the growth and development of new filmmakers through the Creative Culture Fellowship Program.  Each fellowship encourages community engagement, and aims to foster thoughtful media-creation while providing talented emerging artists with the necessary time and resources to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students. 


Fall 2019 Creative Culture Fellows 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 September 2019. This film project will be completed by January 2020. Fellows will then be supported on a second film project from February 2020 to June 2020. Please do not propose the second project within this application. Fellows will be awarded a $4000 honorarium for each of the film projects produced and will join the Creative Culture Fellowship Program: a community of emerging filmmakers producing short projects. Fellows 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 screenings 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. 


Eligibility:

  • The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship gives preference to applicants under the age of 30 who demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Priority is given to applicants living in Westchester County, NY. Applicants must have a college degree. This fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation.


  • The 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.


  • The Health & Wellness 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.


  • The Woman Filmmaker Fellowship is open to all woman filmmakers who demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts.


Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, narrative) are encouraged to apply to the Creative Culture Fellowship Program.


Application requirements:

  • Artist Statement: a written description of the applicant's work and its significance.
  • Statement of Purpose: a written explanation of why the Creative Culture Fellowship Program is a good fit for the applicant at this stage in their career.
  • 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. If applying for Social Justice Filmmaker Fellowship and/or Health & Wellness Fellowship, the proposal should demonstrate how project will engage with the theme of the fellowship.
  • Up to 3 work samples (can include a reel)
  • Two (2) professional references


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


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