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BAVC’s MediaMaker Fellowship
About the Program
Since 1991, BAVC's MediaMaker Fellowships have provided in-kind training and production grants for independent artists at work on social-justice video and multimedia projects, with a particular focus on supporting emerging artists and underserved communities. The MediaMaker Fellows program builds an engaged national community of creative media artists from diverse fields, increases their capacity for project completion and lasting impact, and inspires new partnerships and collaboration to support future work. The Fellowships were designed to give independent artists direct access to the latest digital media technologies and prepare them for broadcast on public television with focused digital and multiplatform strategies for community engagement.
In 2014 BAVC, the MediaMaker Fellowship program is taking the exciting step of extending the opportunity beyond the Bay Area to national filmmakers. BAVC selects between six and eight fellows annually - and in 2014 half of the cohort will hail from outside the Bay Area. The ten-month program will support project development, with professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling through emerging technologies, strategic social media, marketing, fundraising, and distribution.
Between March and December of 2014, BAVC MediaMaker Fellows will:
participate in a pair of two-day immersive workshops and feedback sessions at BAVC’s San Francisco office
attend two national documentary film festivals (with full festival passes) that have robust conference and workshop components - tentatively the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC and the Camden International Film Festival in Camden, ME. Fellows will also receive a festival pass to a local film festival of their choosing.
experience a three-day Bay Area retreat where Fellows are have an opportunity to focus intensely on their projects and receive sustained feedback from peers and mentors
engage in five bi-monthly webinars designed to provide special access to experts in emerging technologies, multiplatform storytelling, and content and audience engagement strategies.
be presented with numerous exposure opportunities, including serving as a guest blogger for the BAVC web site and newsletter, highlighting your project, your creative process, screenings, events, and community engagement plans.
receive BAVC facilities access for project development, focus groups, mentor meetings, professional production, post-production, technical development, or beta-testing.
receive stipends to cover the air-travel of filmmakers to festivals, presentations and retreats, as well as a small cash stipend ($1000) upon completion of program.
Program Eligibility & Criteria
Any BAVC member working on a noncommercial project is eligible for the MediaMaker Fellows program. (Note that we have a low-income membership option.) BAVC takes special interest in artists who are working on projects about community and social justice issues, but we encourage projects of any genre or subject matter to apply. The MediaMaker Fellows program is particularly interested in supporting a diverse cross-section of artists with multi-disciplinary backgrounds. The proposed project should have some existing produced content (sample media to show in some format), and it is preferred that applicants have a funding commitment from at least one additional source (besides BAVC). The project must also have a strong digital media component and potential for social impact, but it need not be a traditional documentary or narrative film. Projects can be web-based, linear, interactive, performance, installation, exhibition, or a hybrid of these.