• What does “emerging” filmmaker mean?

 

    • A filmmaker who has not had national public television distribution (POV, Independent Lens, etc.), screened at top-tier festivals (Sundance, Tribeca, True/False, etc.), or secured a co-production or acquisition deal with a major streaming service (Netflix, Amazon, etc.).
    • Filmmakers who have completed one or more films (including short films).

 

  • Is this program intended for a certain age group?

 

    • This program is open to adult filmmakers of any age who meet the application criteria.

 

  • Does this program provide skills training to become a filmmaker?

 

    • No, you will need to have basic skills in camera operation, sound recording, and/or editing in order to participate in this mentoring program.

 

  • Do I need to have an Oakland story in mind to apply?

 

    • No, we can work with you to develop the story along with connecting you with a community advocate. If you do have a story in mind or a community advocate you work with, we can support you in this process; however, the short film should have not already entered into production.

 

  • Why are you focusing on short films?

 

    • Feature-length documentaries can take many years to complete because of their scope and cost. We are intending to take filmmakers through an entire development-production-distribution cycle, which is more feasible with a short film. Many of the same strategies and feedback can be applied to feature length films.
    • We anticipate that some short films created in this mentoring program may have the potential to be further developed into feature length projects.
 
  • How much is the filmmaker stipend?

 

    • The final amount will depend on filmmaker participation and the success of our additional fundraising efforts. At this time, we can offer up to $500, along with mentoring in how to leverage these funds.
 
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