Apply to the 2015-16 Armed With a Camera Fellowship

For emerging media artists. Application deadline: Friday, October 2

Hey filmmakers! Visual Communications, the nation's premiere media arts center dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayal of Asian Pacific Americans, is putting the final call for applications submissions for its latest cycle of the Armed With a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists.

The AWC Fellowship nurtures the next generation of APA media artists to capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life. Visual Communications works with the Fellows for seven months and provides special training, mentoring and networking opportunities, access to facilities and equipment, plus a cash stipend to create four to five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

But heads up: the application deadline is this Friday, October 2. Here's some more information on how to apply:


Submissions for the 2015-2016 Armed With A Camera Fellowship are now open. Deadline for submissions for the 2016 cycle is October 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM PDT.

Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants must be of Asian Pacific descent and residents of Southern California. If accepted, Fellows must be able to attend mandatory meetings and workshops in Los Angeles. Women, South Asian and Southeast Asian filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply to the AWC Fellowship. If you’re not sure of your eligibility, please contact Visual Communications.

Project Criteria
All projects must conform to the following guidelines:
• Final piece must be a new, original work
• Final piece must be shot in digital video format
• Total length of final piece must be four to five minutes
• If budget for each project exceeds $2,000, you must show/explain other sources of funding
• Animation, documentary and experimental pieces are encouraged.

Fellowship Selection Process
Up to ten artists will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to the arts, production and exhibition experience, and the quality of their sample work. Consideration will be given to communities that have been underserved and underrepresented in the media arts. A review panel composed of community members, media artists, and curators will judge the work based on artistic innovation, feasibility within the timeline, and budget of their proposed projects. Applicants will be contacted by the first week of November 2015.

How to Apply
Please send the following:
• Information Cover Sheet (Click Here to download)
• Letter of intent, one page maximum, on how you think you can benefit from the AWC Fellowship
• Resume and digital headshot (300 dpi, 5x7)
• Project Treatment (2 page maximum)
• Project Timeline (All projects must begin in November 2015 and must be completed by March 11, 2016)
• Budget (if proposed budget exceeds $2,000, you must show/explain other sources of funding; budget items may include artist stipend, equipment, supplies, location fee, food, etc.)
• Sample work no longer than five minutes; online link is acceptable

Email to: milton@vconline.org
Mail to:

Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso St., Basement Level
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Attn: Milton Liu/AWC

Good luck! This is an awesome program for emerging filmmakers. Since 2002, AWC fellows have produced over 100 digital films and many alumni have gone on to produce full-length feature films and documentaries. For further information on the Armed With a Camera Fellowship and how to apply, go to the VC website.


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