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MediaMaker Frequently Asked Questions
MediaMaker Frequently Asked Questions
What is the timeline?
- Application available: Friday, December 12, 2013
Early application deadline: Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:00pm PST
BAVC Membership (any level) required, no entry fee before this date and time.
Final application deadline: Friday, January 17, 2013, 5:00pm PST
BAVC Membership (any level) required, plus $40 late entry fee.
- 2013 Fellows announced: Friday, February 7, 2014
- Welcome reception: March TBD (San Francisco, CA)
- Full Frame Film Festival: April 3-6 (Durham, NC)
- Mediamaker retreat: July TBD (Bay Area, CA)
- Camden International Film Festival: September TBD (Camden, ME)
- Year-end showcase: December TBD (San Francisco, CA)
What is the commitment required during the fellowship?
Applicants must be an active participant in all five in-person events (three in the Bay Area, one in Durham, NC and one in Camden, ME) and five online webinars. In-person events will each be two to three days long, while webinars will be three to five hours long. Applicants must commit to citing BAVC along with other major funders of the project that they develop through MediaMaker (such as in project credits, in any “About,” “Funders,” or “Sponsors” page of a project web site) with BAVC logo and link; and must commit to participating in the production of a short promotional case study video about their project (with assistance from a BAVC-trained intern, provided through the in kind award). Each fellow must also write one guest blog about their project and complete the program evaluation to receive their stipend. [Note: These commitments are all designed to “help us help you” as a Fellow, and we frequently use these materials to gain exposure opportunities for your project at conferences, public forums, funder presentations, and other events.]
Do I have to complete my film during the year of my fellowship?
Not necessarily. We hope that the Fellowship will help you make great progress with your project, and that what you learn and the relationships you form will help guide not only your current project, but also your career and creative work. At the final event in San Francisco, participants share something of what their trajectory has been over the course of their Fellowship: where they began the year, how the project changed through the MediaMaker, how the Fellow’s creative process was influenced, where the project is now, and where it is headed.
Can more than one person from a team participate?
Each project is expected to have a primary applicant and project lead; that person if accepted would become the “MediaMaker fellow” featured on our web site and would be the primary point person and public face for your project who is responsible for communication and deliverables. BAVC will also only be providing travel stipends and lodging for one MediaMaker per Fellowship. However, if a co-director or key collaborator wants to pay for his or her own travel and accommodations, BAVC will incorporate he/she into events, screenings and feedback sessions whenever possible.
How will travel and lodging be managed for traveling mediamakers?
BAVC will provide all traveling participants with stipends well in advance of events to cover airfare and/or other transportation costs. Lodging will be provided for Fellows for all five events; Bay Area-based filmmakers will have lodging provided at the films festivals in Camden and Durham.
What will happen at the film festivals?
Fellows will be provided with full passes to all screenings and events. They will also be provided with an itinerary that balances pre-arranged networking and workshop opportunities with unscheduled time to experience the festivals. BAVC will endeavor to arrange meetings between MediaMaker Fellows and filmmakers at the festival that are screening projects similar in form and/or content.
What is the MediaMaker retreat in July?
When we speak with filmmakers and artists about what it is they need in their lives to foster the creation of their art, the most common answers are "time" and "community". The retreat will provide MediaMakers with both, and the opportunity to dedicate two full days to the development of their projects. Participants will engage in a series of workshops, make presentations to one another, be exposed to new media production and dissemination tools, and receive extensive feedback on the progress of their projects.
Who is eligible for MediaMaker?
Any current BAVC member working on a noncommercial project is eligible for the 2014 National MediaMaker Fellows program.
What types of projects are appropriate for MediaMaker?
All media projects are eligible. A preference is given for social issue documentary and transmedia projects, but MediaMaker is not limited to these genres. The most important criteria is that you have a great project with the potential to engage a lot of people, and a strategy for reaching the audiences you intend to reach and to affect change among them.
What are the geographic limits for eligibility?
There are no geographic limits for eligibility. The cohort will most likely consist of 2-4 Bay Area media makers and 2-4 national media makers.
Are previous MediaMaker Fellows and/or Producers Institute participants eligible?
Yes. As long as the project itself is new to MediaMaker.
What stage of the project should an applicant have attained before submitting?
There is no requirement that you have a media project at a rough cut stage before applying for MediaMaker Fellowship, but a work sample of some kind is expected. Most applicants have some footage of their current project to show when they are applying, which helps the reviewers to envision and understand your project and where you are trying to go with it. However, if you have a strong track record in completing previous work, and have momentum on your current project (meaning some funding, a strong team, an amazing idea or untold story, partnerships, advisors, production underway, or even a committed exhibitor), you should apply with confidence.
The application suggests that I have some funding secured for my project before applying. What counts as secured funding?
The reviewers want to see that your project has the ability to draw funding and move forward to completion. If you are the only person who has invested in your project to date, it may put you at a disadvantage compared to other applicants. However, if your project has no other funders and the budget is small, or if you have already completed a strong work sample for your project without obtaining other funding, reviewers will take those factors into consideration, so lack of funding is not necessarily a disqualifying point for an otherwise compelling work-in-progress.
Do I have to have a fiscal sponsor to apply to MediaMaker?
No. MediaMaker is an in-kind package of training, services, equipment and facilities, consultation, and support. The stipend is given to you as a participant and is not itself a grant. If you are accepted to the MediaMaker program and need a fiscal sponsor in order to obtain other grants, BAVC may consider you for BAVC’s fiscal sponsorship program.
Who is on the review committee?
Each year the review panel for MediaMaker is approximately eight reviewers, half of them being BAVC staff members and half being external industry experts such as funders, broadcasters, technologists, and programmers. We do not reveal who the panelists are in advance of the announcement of selected fellows. Panelists are required to sign a statement obstaining from reviewing any application that they already have a relationship with.
What are my chances?
In the past few years, we have received approximately 30-40 applications each year from applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria. The review panel selects between 6 and 8 fellows per year, depending on the quality and scope of applications received. In addition to the eligibility requirements and judging criteria, reviewers are asked to consider factors such as diversity of applicants and projects (subject matter and formats) and to recommend a strong overall slate.
What should I submit for my work sample?
You may submit up to two links for your work sample(s). Work from the proposed project is preferred. If you do not have a rough cut or work-in-progress from the project you are proposing, it is to your advantage to submit something visual from it. Samples can be video content, a web site, images/screen shots, an audiovisual presentation, or anything that aids the reviewer in envisioning your project and your ability to complete it. The description field of the application form has room to explain your work sample, your role on it, and how it is related to the project you are proposing for your MediaMaker fellowship. If the link is password-protected for privacy, please clearly provide the password in the first line of the description.
How long should my work sample be? How long will reviewers spend reviewing my sample?
Reviewers are instructed to review applications for up to 15 minutes each, including both written materials and any work sample(s) provided. If necessary, give direction to the reviewers on which portion of a link to view. For example, if you want them to watch the first two minutes of your first link and four minutes from your second link, skip to a specific portion of a longer work, or review a certain portion of a web site or slide show, please specify so in the description.
Additional questions? Contact jasonj(at)bavc.org
The application for 2014 National MediaMaker is now closed.