BAVC’s MediaMaker Fellowship

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About the Program

Since 1991, BAVC's MediaMaker Fellowship has provided in-kind training and production grants for independent artists at work on social-justice film and multimedia projects, with a particular focus on supporting emerging artists and underserved communities. The MediaMaker Fellowship builds an engaged national community of creative media artists from diverse fields ("Fellows"), increases their capacity for project completion and lasting impact, and inspires new partnerships and collaboration to support future work. The Fellowship is designed to give independent artists direct access to the latest digital media technologies and prepare them for broadcast on public television or other independent outlets with focused digital and multiplatform strategies for community engagement.

In 2014, BAVC is taking the exciting step of extending the opportunity nationally. An independent review committee will select between six and eight Fellows with at least half of the cohort hailing from outside of the Bay Area. The ten-month program will support project development and will include professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling, curriculum development, social media and marketing, fundraising and distribution strategy support.

The 2014 National MediaMaker Fellowship is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Between March and December of 2014, MediaMaker Fellows will:

  • participate in a pair of two-day immersive workshops and feedback sessions at BAVC’s San Francisco office

  • attend two national documentary film festivals (with full festival passes) that have robust conference and workshop components - tentatively the Full Frame Film Festival in Durham, NC and the Camden International Film Festival in Camden, ME. Fellows may also receive a festival pass to a local film festival of their choosing.

  • experience a three-day Bay Area retreat to focus intensely on their projects and receive sustained feedback from peers and mentors

  • engage in five bi-monthly webinars designed to provide special access to experts in emerging technologies, multiplatform storytelling, and content and audience engagement strategies.

  • be presented with numerous exposure opportunities, including serving as a guest blogger for the BAVC web site and newsletter, highlighting your project, your creative process, screenings, events, and community engagement plans.

  • receive BAVC facilities access for project development, focus groups, mentor meetings, professional production, post-production, technical development, or beta-testing.

  • receive stipends fortravel to the above festivals, presentations and retreats, as well as a small cash stipend ($1000) upon program completion.

Meet the 2014 National MediaMaker Fellows!

Program Eligibility & Criteria

Any BAVC member working on a documentary, noncommercial project is eligible for the MediaMaker Fellowship. BAVC takes special interest in artists who are working on projects about community and social justice issues, but encourages projects of any genre or subject matter to apply. The MediaMaker Fellows program is particularly interested in supporting a diverse cross-section of artists with multi-disciplinary backgrounds. The proposed project should have some existing produced content (sample media to show in some format), and it is preferred that applicants have a funding commitment from at least one additional source (besides BAVC). The project must also have a strong digital media component or vision, and potential for social impact, but it need not be a traditional documentary or narrative film. Projects can be web-based, linear, interactive, performance, installation, exhibition, or a hybrid of these.


Key Dates

  • Application available: Friday, December 12, 2013 
  • Early application deadline: Friday, January 10, 2014, 5:00pm PST
    BAVC Membership (any level) required, no entry fee before this date and time.
  • Final application deadline: Friday, January 17, 2013, 5:00pm PST
    BAVC Membership (any level) required, plus $40 late entry fee.
  • 2014 Fellows announced: Monday, February 10, 2014


The application for 2014 National MediaMaker is now closed. Thank you for your interest.