Bridges Fellowship

Dive deep into the filmmaking field with technical training, career counseling, an internship stipend, and internship placement support. Make connections between media-making and social justice while learning from artists and entrepreneurs.


Are you interested in learning about video production as a profession? The Bridges Fellowship is designed to help a diverse cohort of transitional-age youth (18-24 years old) learn strategies to successfully prepare for, challenge, and ultimately surmount the barriers to entering employment in media and technology. In order to do so, Bridges Fellows will receive an immersive 10-week training in workplace literacy, career readiness, and communication skills while gaining skills in video pre-production, production, and postproduction.


Fellows will:

Participate in a 10 week-long series of technical skills trainings and industry field trips 

Attend a career panel made up of people in the film industry, a network of creative peers, and industry experts to strengthen their professional community.

Gain work experience by completing a 35-hour client project.

Receive $500 after completing the client project.

Present their project experience and video work at a culminating Symposium.

Earn an industry recognized Producer/Editor Certificate after completing 10-week technical classes.


The Bridges Fellowship consists of 10 weeks of instruction. Attendance of at least 90% is required to stay enrolled in the program. Only apply to Bridges if you can commit to the schedule as outlined:

Cohort Spring Semester Schedule

Spring Semester begins on February 12, 2019 and ends on April 25, 2019

Classes are from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Complete a client project by April 19 to present at the Bridges Symposium on April 25th, 2019 

Client Project

Fellows will create a video for a local community-based organization for a 35-hour client project experience. Fellows are expected to complete the 35 hours and then present their experience at the Symposium on April 25, 2019.

Should your schedule not work with the current cohort schedule please ask us about options for independent study.

Independent Study: Complete five 8-hour classes, 3-5 career readiness trainings, find an internship and job placement in order to receive one of the following four fast track certificates: Editor, Producer/Editor, Design, or Digital Marketing (depends on class availability and student schedule). For more information about independent study fast track certificate options visit: 


Applicants must be between the ages of 18-24 AND reside in San Francisco, CA. Applicants must be able to commit to all program components and dates. Twelve fellows will be selected for the cohort. 

Deadline: Wednesday, January 30 by 11:59pm. We recommend applying early to ensure your spot. For questions, please contact us via email with “Bridges Application” in the subject line.

If you responded no to either question you are not eligible to participate in the Bridges Fellowship.

Current Contact Information
Now some basic information that will us know get to know you and be able to get in contact with you. Please make sure this information is as accurate as possible. 

Current Street Address

Ex: 2727 Mariposa St. Suite 200 

ex: San Francisco

Education & Interests

Portfolio Requirements

If you have worked on a project or several projects, please share a link to a project you worked on or a link to your online portfolio (photos, video, multimedia, etc.) that has strong examples of your work.

Household Information
BAVC's Bridges program aims to serve a diverse population of young people in the city of San Francisco, particularly those identified as low-income and extremely low-income based on the Housing and Urban Development regulations. Please answer to the best of your ability. 

This information is subject to verification upon acceptance. 

Demographic Information

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“Cis-gender” is a term that relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex. “Transgender” is a term that relates to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. “Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn't seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.

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Through this program, BAVC hopes to meet the needs of young people who have faced multiple barriers to academic or career success. All of the information in this form is confidential. 

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