BAVC Residency Program FAQs  | BAVC

BAVC Residency Program FAQs 

What is the timeline?
  • The residency period runs October 1, 2018 - June 28, 2019.
  • Applications deadline: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
  • Applications notified: The week of September 17th
  • Residents Announced: Monday, October 1, 2018
How does sharing office space work?

Both residents will share the same office space but have separate work stations, equipped with industry-standard hardware and software for digital video editing. The office can be accessed during BAVC’s regular office hours (Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm). Exceptions can be made at the discretion of staff. Residents will not be issued building keys or codes. Residents will work with each other and dedicated BAVC staff to coordinate working hours and room use.  Unless arrangements have been made, residents should assume that they will be sharing the office with one another at any given time.

What project/shooting formats does the residency support?

The residency is equipped to support digital-native project formats. The residency does not currently support projects being shot with film stock or projects which have AR or VR components. For technical concerns, please contact: artistprograms@bavc.org.

 

Do I have to complete my project while in residence?

No. However, residents are expected to participate in a public work-in-progress screening at the end of the residency period. Residents will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work at a private rough cut screening with peers and industry mentors.

 

I’m a visual artist working in video. Should I apply?

If video is the primary medium you work in, and you feel that the residency length and offerings are going to help you make strides in your creative work and/or a specific project, then you should apply.

I’m a documentary filmmaker. Should I apply?

If documentary is the primary genre you work in, and you feel that the residency length and offerings are going to help you make strides in your creative work and/or a specific project, then you should apply.

 

My film is a non-documentary narrative. Should I apply?

If non-documentary narrative is the primary genre you work in, and you feel that the residency length and offerings are going to help you make strides in your creative work and/or a specific project, then you should apply.

What if my project is in post-production or filming outside of San Francisco?

One of the residency spots will be earmarked for a project that is locating 55% or more of its shooting days in San Francisco that coincide with the residency period. The other residency spot is open to projects in any stage of production.

Can more than one person from a team participate?

Although there will be room in the shared office space to bring in outside collaborators for work sessions and meetings, only one person from a project team may be officially in residence and afforded the resources and privileges of the residency program.

 

Are current or previous BAVC program participants (i.e. MediaMaker Fellows) eligible to apply?

Yes, so long as the residency period doesn’t overlap with the duration of a program the applicant is currently participating in.

Do I have to have a fiscal sponsor to apply?

No. Residents are offered fiscal sponsorship through BAVC should they desire it. BAVC will respect all extant fiscal sponsorship arrangements.

 

Who is on the selection committee?

The selection committee is composed of BAVC staff and respected members of the independent media and new media arts communities.

 

What are my chances?

If you can successfully make the case for why the opportunities afforded by the BAVC Residency are the right fit for your project’s needs at this point in time, and you meet the criteria outlined above, your application will be competitive.

 

What should I submit for my work sample?

Please submit samples that you feel best reflect your aesthetic or give a sense of the project you’d like to work on while in residence. Project-specific trailers, scenes, selected footage or edited rough-cut footage are preferred over sizzle or clip reels.

 

How long should my work sample be?

Work samples should be no longer than ten minutes.

 

Do I have to be a BAVC member in order to apply?

No. Residents are given a BAVC membership at the Producer’s Bundle level upon being accepted into the program.