Education Blog

Apply to the JBFC's Fellowship Program

By Paige Grand Pré, Education Communications Associate 08.11.16

Pursuing a career in the arts is a practical and creative challenge, and some of the many ways we fulfill our commitment to making film a vibrant part of the community are through The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship.

These unique opportunities are available to aspiring media makers. Fellows are granted free and open access to all Media Arts Lab equipment and facilities. The fellowships include a financial stipend, and offer participants the time and resources necessary to work on a media project of their choice. All fellows are also deeply involved in our education programs at the Lab and beyond, including our Creative Culture Initiative, which gathers together a community of area filmmakers for feedback, support, and knowledge sharing. Most fellows work as teaching assistants in our Lab courses and are involved in various JBFC school partnerships and outreach initiatives. Both fellowships culminate in a public presentation of the artists' completed projects.

Former fellows have come from a variety of backgrounds, and their work has covered an impressive scope of genre and style-from documentary and narrative, to animation and experimental film. To learn more about former fellows and their work, check out our spotlights on Lucy Adams, Emily Ann Hoffman, and Leah Galant.

Eligibility:

  • The Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is open to applicants under the age of 30 who have graduated from college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Priority is given to applicants living in Westchester County, NY.
  • The Sally Burns Shenkman Fellowship is open to all women filmmakers who have graduated college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts.
  • Artists working in all film genres and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate or document financial need to supplement their application.

The submission period is open and applications for the SPRING 2017 Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship and Sally Burns Shenkmen Woman Filmmaker Fellowship are being accepted digitally. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2017.

For more information, click HERE; to apply, click HERE.

The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible through the Westchester Community Foundation. Priority is given to applicants living in Westchester County, NY.

The Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship is made possible through a generous grant from the Jacob Burns Foundation.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 fellowships is January 15. Candidates will be notified of their status by February 22, 2017, with a tentative fellowship start date of March 1, 2017.