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Filmmakers and Teams of Filmmakers for Film Projects

2022 Black Public Media Residency at the Johnny Carson Center

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Fellowships to USA, Canada, and International filmmakers of color, including producers, directors, and writers, and teams of filmmakers for film projects. Projects will receive a grant of up to $10,000. The fellowship will take place in Nebraska and will provide fellows with access to workspace, studio time, and emerging technologies.

Black Public Media (BPM) and the Johnny Carson Center are offering a residency for Black filmmakers, creative technologists, and artists who need access to emerging-tech equipment, studio time, or workspace. This is an in-person residency that will take place on the campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the summer of 2022 or January 2023. There is no remote or online option. On-campus lodging will be provided.

Emerging technologies include, but are not limited to, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics and 3D printing. Candidates may also choose to focus on older technologies, such as projection mapping, multichannel video, VFX, or 3D animation.

Participants must apply with a story- or content-driven project that they have in development. Narrative and documentary projects are both acceptable. Your project may be at any stage of development, from concept to post-production.

Each artist-in-resident is required to give a public lecture or teach a workshop during or immediately after their residency. The second and final residency payment is tied to the completion of this deliverable.

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GrantWatch ID#: 204110

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each project will receive a $5K to $10K USD grant, which will be delivered in 2 payments. If a project has more than one team member applying for the residency, the team must specify in their application which applicant or company will receive the payment.

The residency will cover up to $500 in round-trip flights, per participant, from a U.S. airport to Nebraska.

Participants may receive on-campus housing during their residency, whether they are participating as individuals or as a part of a two-person team.

Term of Contract:

The residency runs 1 to 3 weeks in summer 2022 or January 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Project teams and individual filmmakers, artists and creative technologists may apply.

Black Public Media seeks to develop the talent of producers of color. Thus Black Public Media seeks projects in which a person of African descent is in a key creative position. Key creative positions include writer, director, and producer roles.

Up to 2 people from one project team may be accepted at the same time. The second team member does not need to be Black or of African descent. Team members are required to complete the residency at the same time, and both crew members would be designated Black Public Media & Carson Center Artists-in-Resident.

Applicants must be at least age 22 when applying for this program.

Applicants based outside the United States are welcome to apply, although they would be expected to pay for their travel to the United States on their own.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis between now and July 7, 2022. Apply as early as possible, to increase the likelihood of receiving your your first-choice residency window on campus.

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