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Armed with a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists

ABOUT THE ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP

The Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists nurtures the next generation of Asian Pacific American 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 stipend to create five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.

See a list of past AWC alumni and select video works.

HOW TO APPLY

The 2011-2012 Armed With A Camera Fellowship is accepting submissions May 1 – July 29, 2011. Up to 10 artists will be selected for the Fellowship. We will announce the new class of Fellows in August.

ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP FOR EMERGING MEDIA ARTISTS 2011-2012

Visual Communications (VC) seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American media artists committed to preserving the legacy and vision of VC.  ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP will award up to ten fellows $500 to complete a five-minute digital video, within a five-month span of time.  Through the ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP, emerging media artists will capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life as a part of a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans.

Final projects must be shot in digital video format and completed by March 30, 2012.  A special program will showcase all completed projects at various VC exhibitions across the city of Los Angeles, including the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.  VC will co-own the productions and will also package and distribute completed works.  Distribution income will aid in the continuation of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship.

Applicant Eligibility 
Eligible applicants must be of Asian Pacific descent, 30 years or younger in the year 2012, residents of California and have had previous work in The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival or any other VC exhibition and/or any Film Festival—this may include on-campus student festivals. 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
•    Final piece must be completed by March 30, 2012 for inclusion in the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
•    Total length of final piece must not exceed five minutes
•    If budget for each project exceeds $500, 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 each year 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 last week of August 2011.

How to Apply 

Please send the following:
•    Information Cover Sheet (Click Here to download)
•    Letter of intent
•    Resume
•    Project Treatment (2 page maximum)
•    Project Timeline (All projects must begin in November 2011 and must be completed by March 30, 2012)
•    Budget (if proposed budget exceeds $500, you must show/explain other sources of funding; budget items may include artist stipend, equipment, supplies, location fee, food, etc.)
•    Sample work cued to five minutes
•    Self-addressed stamped envelope for return of sample work

DEADLINE: Received by 5PM, July 29, 2011.  For any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Kennedy Kabasares at (213) 680-4462 x32 or by email.

Email to: kennedy@vconline.org
Fax: (213) 687-4848
Mail to:Visual Communications, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Basement Level, Los Angeles, CA 90012Attn: Kennedy Kabasares/AWC

ABOUT VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS 
Founded in 1970, Visual Communications is the first Asian Pacific media arts center in the nation.  The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans.  Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.

Armed with a Camera Fellowship is partially funded by the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Morgan Stanley Foundation.

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