BAVC Media accepts only a few film and media projects per year to be fiscally sponsored.

We are looking for projects that have momentum and potential for social impact. Sponsored projects are approved on an individual basis and are very often already connected to other BAVC Media programs or initiatives. Starting in 2021 BAVC Media is once again acceptinging unsolicited applications. The application for Fiscal Sponsorship is based on the Documentary Core App and is very similar to the application for our MediaMaker Fellowship. As such if you have applied to the Fellowship in the last year, or are a Fellowship Alumni, you do not need to fill out the application again. Just reach out to the Filmmaker support team.

BAVC Media continues to offer professional development opportunities, grants, seminar programs, innovation salons, new media and technology consultations, subsidized postproduction services, technical support and certified classes for independent producers.

Looking for more Fiscal Sponsorship options? The online Fiscal Sponsorship Directory provides comprehensive information on other local and national fiscal sponsorship programs.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation to a project currently fiscally sponsored by BAVC Media click on the corresponding “Donate” button below. 

Current Projects


Black and white portrait of William Oliver Everson close up with hands clasped in front of his face wearing a long beard, dark rimmed glasses, and a wide brimmed hat.

The Beat Friar: The Life of Bill Everson

Throughout his life and work, one poet, William Oliver Everson (1921-94), was at the “avant garde” of pacifism, spiritual liberation, sexual revolution and ecological consciousness.

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BAVC Media Fiscal Sponsoree: Beyond the Gap


Beyond the Gap

Though there is no shortage of data about the Achievement Gap and its impacts on students, we rarely get a chance to speak to young people who have reached success despite the odds. Beyond the Gap was started from the premise that in order to solve the Achievement Gap problem, we need to talk to young people first and listen to their suggestions on how to fix our broken system, a system which often ignores the wisdom of our youth.

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Chanh Sả Salon

Anh Le. When her younger sister forces her to go to a nail salon, goody two shoes Trắc unexpectedly finds belonging in a group of mythical misfits who teach her that “perfection” is a relative concept. “Chanh Sa Salon” is a heartwarming, fantasy short that brings in different mythical Vietnamese creatures to discuss about the model minority myth in a modern setting, opening avenues for the Vietnamese community to destigmatize mental health and most importantly, ask for help.

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BAVC Media Fiscally Sponsored Project: Follow the Light


Follow the Light

In 1969, 8th grader Adam Haas got his hands on some used video equipment and shot a film about his classmates. Forty-eight years later Haas is returning to his filmmaker roots to track down his original subjects, to find out where they are now and what happened to them along the way. In discussing what has brought meaning to their lives – along with the disasters, the regrets, and the joys— they reveal the impact of the shared educational experience that brought them together in the first place.

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Growing up in America: Life After the Taliban

Isabel Soloaga. After narrowly escaping from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in August 2021, 9 year old Masoma and her family begin a new life in Sacramento, California. Growing up in America: Life After the Taliban, is an intimate documentary following her family’s journey of building home after war.

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Title of the film Henrietta the Dragon Slayer

Beth Barany. In a desolate high desert battlefield, Franc, a knight far from home, vanishes after being plagued by nightmares. His friend and a valiant, decorated war veteran, Henrietta discovers clues that lead her to a treacherous cliffside cave and a menacing chimera. Henrietta confronts the creature to rescue Franc, but can’t succeed with force alone. She must trust in her magical necklace if she wants to have a fighting chance.

If you’d like to show your support for the Henrietta Film through other means reach out to Beth Barany here at

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BAVC Media Fiscal Sponsoree: Home is a Hotel


Home is a Hotel

Kevin D. Wong and Todd Sills. Amidst attention grabbing headlines of apps and IPOs, Home is a Hotel tells a different San Francisco story: an intimate portrait of a day in the life of four people living in San Francisco residential hotels as they strive for a better tomorrow. Through the stories of four diverse residents: a middle aged jazz singer in the Tenderloin, a single mother in Chinatown, an aging gay man in the SOMA, and a Latino family in the Mission; this documentary takes it’s viewers into the largely invisible world of San Francisco’s SROs shedding light on this quickly disappearing last bit of affordable housing in the city.

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The Jerome Project

The Jerome Project preserves, protects, and perpetuates the artistic legacy of Jerome Caja (1958 — 1995). The mission is to bring greater visibility and accessibility to Caja’s paintings and performances. The project includes several moving parts: a digital catalogue raisonné, a repository of art and ephemera available for academic research, and a feature-length documentary film about Caja, with an accompanying exhibition of his art.

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The Last Crop


The Last Crop

Chuck SchultzThe Last Crop is about love, loss and the legacy of the land. It follows Jeff and Annie Main, owners of a small organic farm , as they try to remain viable in the rapidly changing highly competitive Central Valley of California. It’s a story about dreams, and the intractable nature of passing them on to the next generation.

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Life After Life


Life After Life

Tamara Perkins. As adolescents trapped in a world of drugs, violence, and daily trauma, Noel, Harrison and Chris quickly lost their way. Before they could become adults, they were locked up in prison—given sentences that could leave them in their cells for the rest of their lives. Years later, they were given another chance: parole. We meet them as they release from San Quentin. Each struggles to overcome personal demons and reconstruct their fractured lives. Grappling with day to day challenges and striving for “success” in their new life, they work to reconnect with family and navigate a world they are unprepared for.

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BAVC Media Fiscal Sponsoree: New Moves


New Moves

A young Chinese American woman finds herself fighting for a full-time position in an acclaimed dance company–the only challenge is doing it in her wheelchair. For most of her life, Carina lived happily with a loving family and a great paying job until a tragic car accident took away her mother and her ability to walk. After months of grueling physical therapy, Carina is permanently placed in a wheelchair with no hope of using her legs again. Once an active and playful little girl growing up in New York City with absolutely no limitations, Carina struggles to adapt to her new life across the country now with physical restrictions. But no matter the hardships, Carina longs and pushes to be a dancer and musician. New Moves (working title) follows Carina as she strives to build her new “normal”, pursues her childhood dreams, and tramples stereotypes along the way.

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Question Bridge


Question Bridge: Black Males

Chris Johnson + Hank Willis ThomasQuestion Bridge: Black Males is an experimental media installation, documentary film, and website designed to explore critically divisive issues within the African American male community. The project interweaves a series of questions wherein the subjects pose and answer each others’ questions on camera. By facilitating a conversation between black men across geographic, economic, generational, educational and social strata, Question Bridge dispels cultural preconceptions while revealing a fuller spectrum of black male identities and beliefs.

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The Economic Justice Project


Reboot the Village

The mission of the Economic Justice Project is to create social justice through social impact storytelling and services that are tied to direct actions with the intention of driving community to create positive lasting change on issues surrounding poverty and inequality. It is comprised of The BIG Experience, an award-winning interactive documentary fueling the growing movement around implementing a Universal Basic Income; and Reboot the Village, a feature documentary about the residents of Potrero Hill public housing as they embark on a journey to heal their trauma and make a last stand to prevent the displacement of their entire community.

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Nani Sahra WalkerTo tame her mischief, a single mother enrolls her nine-year-old daughter in private painting lessons in Kathmandu until she suddenly catches a mysterious illness. When doctors are unable to pin down a diagnosis, her strong-willed mother turns to a local shaman who reveals shared trauma that leads mother and daughter down a path of redemption.To tame her mischief, a single mother enrolls her nine-year-old daughter in private painting lessons in Kathmandu until she suddenly catches a mysterious illness. When doctors are unable to pin down a diagnosis, her strong-willed mother turns to a local shaman who reveals shared trauma that leads mother and daughter down a path of redemption.

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The Specialist


The Specialist

Casey MinerThe Specialist is a podcast about work we don’t think about and the people who do it. Each episode takes an immersive, day-in-the-life look at the work of a different specialist: the mock attacker in a women’s self-defense class; the animal chef at the Oakland Zoo; a family of singing telegram performers; the person whose job it is to keep birds away from planes at SFO. Taken together, the pieces celebrate the surprising work of ordinary people. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Untying Faith


Untying Faith

Fine Line FilmsPart of a documentary series created for public media, Untying Faith will examine challenging and inspiring immigrant experiences in America through unique lenses. This installment focuses on young Sikh Americans who are discriminated against for wearing turbans.

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BAVC Media Fiscal Sponsoree: We Are Not Princesses


We Are Not Princesses​

The ancient Greek heroine Antigone inspires a group of Syrian women living in Beirut’s refugee camps to wonder whether new joys and ambitions are possible to conceive.  We Are Not Princesses interweaves the women’s experiences with a story that transcends time and circumstance. Audacious and feisty, Antigone motivates each of these women to rediscover her own strength and face her own Creon.

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Women Sports Film Festival

Women Sports Film Festival

Susan Sullivan.Using the power of documentary film, the Women Sports Film Festival celebrates female athletes and the filmmakers who bring their stories to the screen. From legendary champions to girls on the local playing field, we promote films and conversations that explore how sport shapes the lives of women and girls around the world.

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