Resources for Filmmakers
The JBFC helps emerging and established filmmakers, college students, and adult learners develop, produce, and present media projects, acquire new skills, connect with a professional network, and actively participate in a lively creative community.
Fellowship for International Understanding Through Film
Inspired by Kathryn W. Davis’ lifelong efforts to create a more harmonious world, the Fellowship for International Understanding Through Film makes it possible for filmmakers, educators, and programmers from 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 home adjacent to the Media Arts Lab, for our visiting fellows.
Fellows have opportunities to screen their films, lead seminars on the cinema of their region, teach courses, provide professional development, and use the Media Arts Lab’s production facilities to work on personal projects. Fellowships, which range from two to eight weeks in length, are competitive and awarded through an application and interview process.
Established and emerging international artists working in all film genres (animation, documentary, video art, narrative, etc.) and disciplines (screenwriting, sound design, cinematography, etc.) are encouraged to apply. We also encourage film curators and media educators engaged in groundbreaking work to apply.
For more information, please contact Managing Director Dominick Balletta at email@example.com
Past fellows include:
IRAN: Maryam Ebrahimi
Maryam studied at the Art University of Tehran and continued her education at the University of Konstfack in Stockholm, where she now lives and works. Maryam has produced and codirected several acclaimed documentaries highlighting contemporary political and social themes including Those Who Said No, the Greenhouse ’15 opening night film, and No Burqas Behind Bars, which focuses on how “moral crimes” are used to control women in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and was named Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards in 2014. Her work-in-progress documentary feature Stronger than a Bullet explores the misuse of photographer Saied Sadeghi’s images from the first Persian Gulf War for Iran's war propaganda, helping to propel a generation to their deaths as martyrs.
Maryam was joined by Jesper Osmond, a feature film, documentary and commercial editor from Sweden. Read More
MOROCCO: Hind Bensari
A journalist and self-taught filmmaker, Hind developed an interest in filmmaking while working in London as a media development manager. Her award-winning first documentary 475: Break the Silence investigates the perception and misrepresentation of rape, family and relationships in her country, and helped to change to the laws which previously protected rapists who agreed to marry their victims. Her current work-in-progress feature documentary Weight Throwers highlights disabled athletes struggling for rights and recognition in Morocco.
Hind was joined by Cathrine Ambus, a feature and documentary editor from Denmark. Read More
TUNISIA: Sarra Abidi
SOUTH KOREA: Bong Joon-ho
UNITED KINGDOM: Guy Reid
LEBANON: George Tarabay and Elias Khalil
UNITED KINGDOM: Lindsey Dryden
EGYPT: Mohamed Siam and Françoise Tourmen
ITALY: Lucio Gregoretti
CHINA: Zhu Rikun and Wang Wo
THAILAND: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
ROMANIA: Mihai Chirilov
SPAIN: Yolanda Pividal
IRAN: Bahman Farmanara
ISRAEL: Ido Haar
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Namik Kabil
BURKINA FASO: Fanta Régina Nacro
Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellows
The Jacob Burns Film Center is committed to supporting the development of new filmmakers through our Emerging Artist Fellowship program. The Fellowship, which encourages community engagement, aims to foster thoughtful media creation and provides the necessary time and resources for fellows to fully realize and share a creative project with mentors, peers, and students.
The fellowship is open to applicants under the age of 30 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.) and disciplines (screenwriting, sound design, cinematography, etc.) are encouraged to apply. There’s more information and an application.
Learn more and apply for upcoming seasons.
The Valentine and Clark Emerging Artist Fellowship is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Westchester Community Foundation, a nonprofit community endowment for the benefit of Westchester County.
Current and past fellows include:
Emily Ann Hoffman
FALL 2013, SPRING 2014
Melissa Bunni Elian
Local Element showcases new work, fosters emerging talent, and helps build a stronger film community in the lower Hudson Valley. The series runs throughout the year and highlights the best short and feature-length films made by local residents.
Previous programs include:
- Actress with film subject Brandy Burre (Beacon)
- Sidewalk Stories with filmmaker Charles Lane (Dobbs Ferry)
- This is Long Beach with filmmaker Brian Darwas (New Rochelle)
- A program of short films with Sean Dunne (Peekskill), who graduated from Purchase College and was named Best New Documentary Director at Tribeca for his first feature, Oxyana