Artist Services: Creative Culture

Creative Culture is a program that connects filmmakers to creative careers. View past fellows, makers, and residents here.

Recognizing a gap in support for filmmakers in the Hudson Valley, Jacob Burns Film Center staff developed Creative Culture, a unique initiative designed to foster a thriving artistic community in the region. The goal of the program is to transform makers into strong and successful storytellers by strengthening their voice, providing a supportive network, and helping to connect them to industry jobs and opportunities

New! Join our database for opportunities and become part of the creative teams making these films. For information about fellowships and the maker experience see below. Jacob Burns Film Center is building a database of makers who want to support Creative Culture by helping out on Creative Culture productions. Submit this form to join a database of producers, cinematographers, assistant directors, sound department, gaffers, grips, editors, composers, and more. By submitting this form, you add your information into a database that creative leads will have access to when building their cast and crew for Creative Culture projects. Those who submit their information to the database will be called upon at the discretion of Creative Culture creative leads. Contact with any questions.

Fellowship Opportunities

The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to supporting the development of new filmmakers through three fellowship pathways:
The Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship
The Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship
The Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellowship 

The Fellowships, which encourage community engagement, aim to foster thoughtful media creation and provide the necessary time and resources for fellows to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students.

The Emerging Artist Fellowship is open to any artist under the age of 30 who lives or grew up in Westchester County. The Sally Burns Shenkman Fellowship is open to all female artists, with no restrictions on age or location. The Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellowship will be awarded to a filmmaker from an underrepresented community. 

These fellowships are open to applicants who have graduated college and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in the film/media arts. Artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, video art, narrative, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Applicants for the Emerging Artist Fellowship will be asked to demonstrate or document financial need to supplement their application.

For more information, please contact

The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation. The Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Jacob Burns Foundation. 

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Residency Opportunities

The Jacob Burns Film Center welcomes filmmakers, artists, and educators from across the country and around the world to live, work, and teach on the JBFC campus. Thanks to a generous grant from Kathryn W. Davis in 2007, the Jacob Burns Film Center purchased 5 Grant St., a house adjacent to the Media Arts Lab, for our artists-in-residence.

This program is invite-only. For more information, please contact

Creative Culture receives generous support from:

Jacob Burns Foundation

The Leslie & Roslyn Goldstein Foundation

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