Application for the 2019 MediaMaker Fellowship
Note: In an attempt to better align the MediaMaker Fellowship application with other similar opportunities, sections 2 through 6 of this application are compliant with IDA's
Documentary Core Application
. Section 7 contains questions specific to BAVC's MediaMaker Fellowship.
You must become a BAVC member
at any level
by the application deadline -
5:00 PM PT on Friday, January 11th 2019
- to have your application considered. Membership levels range in price from $10 (with proof of low income status) to $135. All memberships are good for one year from the purchase date. Applicants who do not have an active BAVC membership by the deadline will be disqualified. Sign up for membership at
1. Applicant Information
Current Street Address
Ex: 2727 Mariposa St.
City or Town
ex: San Francisco
District of Columbia
Northern Marianas Islands
BAVC requests the following information in order to ensure that the MediaMaker Fellowship is able to continue supporting as diverse a cohort of filmmakers as possible. Your responses will only be seen by the selection committee and will not be shared with a third party or the public in any way. All information is completely voluntary and is not required in order to submit a complete application.
To which gender do you most identify?
Prefer Not to Answer
I identify my ethnicity as (select all that apply):
Native American/Alaskan Native
Prefer not to answer
Black/African American - not Hispanic
White - not Hispanic
Other Asian/Pacific Islander
2. Project Description
a. Logline -
Provide a brief, catchy summary of your story.
b. Story Summary / Synopsis -
What is your story and story structure? Give an overview of your story, introducing the main characters and potential plot points. Describe the anticipated story structure and narrative trajectory, or potential character arcs for your project. Discuss your access to the story and characters.
c. Topic Summary -
Describe why this topic is important, timely or relevant. Things to consider include: Why are you the best person to make a film about this? Explain the cultural or social relevance and context for the topic, and why this project is timely or urgent. Detail the topics, issues themes, challenges, stakes, or questions that your project will cover.
d. Artistic Approach -
How are you going to tell this story? Describe your creative vision for the finished project - its visual look and feel. Explain your intended use of cinematic language or any particular artistic approach that informs the storytelling.
, mention any creative elements and assets, interactive elements, new technologies or non-traditional mediums that you intend to utilize. Explain how these elements will enhance the experience and interaction between viewers and the world of the story.
e. Project Stage and Timeline -
Explain the current status of the project. Outline the projected production timeline from the project's current state to the anticipated completion date. Your timeline should cover both the creative and production processes and should detail major project activities, production schedules, and anticipated post-production and release dates. If you have applied to this program previously, please share how your project has progressed since the last time you applied.
3. Audience and Distribution
a. Distribution and Marketing Strategy
Characterize the intended distribution life for your film. Specify plans for festival, theatrical, and/or community screenings, as well as your plans for securing broadcast and/or distribution.
b. Intended Audience
Describe the anticipated audience for your project, including any underserved audiences. How do you plan to reach your target audience? How have you addressed the needs and interests of this audience in your film? What is your relationship and access to this community?
c. Audience Engagement and Social Impact -
Audience Engagement is a strategy designed to activate audiences and constituencies toward specific goals. Not all films are suited for social engagement, but if yours is, what actions do you hope for viewers to take after seeing your film? Potential activities could include organizational partnerships, educational guides, targeted stakeholder/community screenings, social media strategies, multi-platform activity, or social change campaigns. Do you have partnerships with organizations in your issue area already, and is so, how are these relationships informing your project development?
4. Key Creative Personnel
a. Bios of Key Creative Personnel
Provide brief biographies for the director(s), and if attached, the producer(s), cinematographer, and/or editor. Include notable credits and/or major recognition or award information. For each key creative team member, include information about relevant expertise and the individual's role in the project. Bullet list names and titles of any attached advisors and/or consultants.
5. Fundraising Strategy and Project Budget
a. Fundraising Strategy
Describe the strategy for raising the additional funds necessary to complete the project. Be specific.
b. Funding to Date
Provide a .pdf file (named "LastName_FirstName_Funding.pdf") which lists all sources and amounts raised to date. Distinguish between potential sources of funding and secured amounts. List the status of other sources of funding currently under consideration, whether to be applied for or pending.
c. Comprehensive Line Item Expense Budget
Please provide a .pdf file
which breaks down your project's projected expenses, from development through release, in U.S. dollars, including a budget total. Provide budget notes for any areas that may be viewed as out of the ordinary or which requires further explanation.
6. Work Sample
Provide a link to an online work sample for the project you're applying with. Use a Vimeo, Blip, YouTube, or any other URL that allows for instant streaming, and include the password or other login information, if necessary, in the field below.
a. Work Sample URL
URL for the work sample. Do not include any other text or spaces here, and use the full URL starting with http://.
b. Additional Login Information -
Give instructions or a password, if necessary.
c. Media Sample Description -
Describe the sample you are submitting for consideration. What should reviewers be looking for in your sample? Explain what is present or absent in the sample, and how it will differ as a finished film. How is it representative of the intended story, style, subject or another aspect of the project? If you submitted a rough cut, what changes or additional material are planned?
7. Supplemental Information
a. Collaborative Contribution -
The richness of the MediaMaker Fellowship stems from the contributions its participants make to the cohort. What can you contribute to this community? Drawing on
your professional and personal experience and creative
point-of-view, please describe the
you bring to the table.
b. Fellowship Goals -
One of the key criteria that the committee considers when making its selections is the candidate's capacity for growth during the Fellowship. What do you hope to learn or gain through your year as a Fellow, and how do your foresee the experience contributing to your professional and creative development?
c. Resume -
Please share a .pdf file of a current resume or CV (
that includes information about your past creative work.
Relationship to you/your project
Relationship to you/your project
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