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Jon Appel (Former Fellow)

Creative Culture (CC) is a project-based program that invites emerging and working professionals to the JBFC Theater and Media Arts Lab to fully realize their short artistic projects. Participants utilize professional equipment, production/post-production space, mentoring from JBFC staff and visiting filmmakers, and peer support of others within the community. CC participants include Fellows, who receive a stipend, and Makers, who pay a flat fee for access to CC’s resources and support.

Applications are now closed for the Fall 2017 Creative Culture term, which runs from September-January. The deadline to apply was July 1; Applicants will be notified of their status by August 15, with a tentative start date of September 6.

For more information and to apply, visit our Submittable site HERE. Applications for the Spring 2018 term will open mid-fall 2017. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop!

Fall and Spring Fellows will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center for sixteen weeks, and will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium. The Fellows will be provided with a dedicated work space, tuition-free enrollment in Media Arts Lab classes, 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 education department: they serve as Teaching Assistants for education programs at the Lab, and assist with school partnerships, blog posts, and outreach initiatives as needed. The required time commitment to the program, including teaching time, is an average of 25 hours per week. The Fellowship will culminate in a public presentation of the completed project. 

Fall and Spring "Makers" will be in residence at the Jacob Burns Film Center for sixteen weeks, and pay a flat fee of $2,500 to participate in Creative Culture. The Makers will be provided with access to Lab resources during the building's open hours, including use of the recording studio, sound stage, editing studio, and state-of-the-art filmmaking equipment. Makers are a vital part of the JBFC community, and will be asked to assist with marketing, development, and outreach initiatives as needed. The Maker experience will culminate in a public presentation of the completed project.

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, and applicants will be asked to demonstrate or document financial need to supplement their application.
  • The Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker 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.
  • Creative Culture Maker positions are open to applicants of all ages 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.

- Statement of purpose: An outline of the applicant's goals for the fellowship

- Project proposal: A detailed plan for the project the applicant 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 completed work on the project thus far, if any.

- A representative reel or three (3) work samples

- Two (2) professional references

- CV

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

Visit our Submittable page at https://burnsfilmcenter.submittable.com/submit to apply for open fellow and maker positions.

The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation, a nonprofit community endowment for the benefit of Westchester County.

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

Creative Culture receives generous support from The Jacob Burns Foundation, the Westchester Community Foundation, Jodi and Dan Glucksman, The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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A short film by Emily Ann Hoffman, Fall 2016 Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow, and recipient of a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellowship


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A short film by Leah Galant, Fall 2016 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellow and recipient of a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellowship