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Bay Area teens document living through COVID-19

Bridges and Next Gen go virtual!

Welcoming new students (ages 14-24) from around the Bay Area. 

Meet the 2020 BAVC MediaMaker Fellows

Unrestricted funding and an immersive year of critical mentorship and artist development for 10 documentary filmmakers.

Colorful icons representing forms of mediamaking arranged in a circle on bright orange background. Text reads: BAVC – More Accessible than Ever – Committed to Community
ETP promotion BAVC 2018 Campaign; Red background; black and white BAVC 2018 icons
BAVC Next Gen meets Michelle Obama at the White House
BAVC Bridges Fellowship: a FREE 10-week video production intensive for San Francisco residents ages 18-24.
BAVC Preservation Access Program 2019 Discounted Digitization and Archiving for Artists and Historical Organizations
BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship for emerging social issue documentary filmmakers. Image: stills from 5 past Fellowship projects collaged on a black background
Jacqueline Olive was a 2011 MediaMaker Fellow when Always in Season was in development. She was recently awarded an Alumni Grant in by BAVC to support impact strategy.  Always in Season will have its world premiere at this 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Emelie Mahdavian was a 2017 BAVC Mediamaker Fellow when “Midnight Traveler” was in production. The film is now set to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She is quoted here on a still from the film.
BAVC Next Next Gen – Free After School Program in San Francisco: FIlmmaking, Audio Production (BUMP Records), Animation, and Game Code Design

SF Commons provides any current city resident who wants to produce a show access to video equipment, a television studio, low-cost trainings, and a time-slot on cable TV. Our local producers create media that matters to them and their communities covering a wide range of issues, topics and interests.

Watch SFC 29    Watch SFC 76

We foster creativity and entrepreneurship in young mediamakers.

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Reel Life
BUMP Records
The Factory

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Enjoy some of the diverse stories that have been created at and come through BAVC.

Taking it to the Streets

Taking it to the Streets

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

From Bystander To Witness

From Bystander to Witness

Concrete Canvas

Concrete Canvas

what a woman's suppose to look like

what a woman's supposed to look like

Project Humankindness - Project CURE

Project Humankindness - Project CURE

BAVC is proud to be a Blackmagic Design Training Partner. Watch for upcoming BMD certified classes in DaVinci Resolve. 

We collaborate with leading organizations and individual artists to preserve and digitize our media heritage.

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BAVC Preservation Services. Museum quality video and audio preservation in the Bay Area. San Francisco, CA

I think BAVC’s support for community media making and preservation exemplifies how video can be a tool for social change.

Kate Dollenmayer
Preservation client