The Cincinnati Film Society Filmmaker in Motion Residency program is an international, six month live-in co-op, providing filmmakers with the necessary tools to create a film, and a $5,000 stipend in three installments for their project. Filmmakers are provided the stipend for crew, talent, food, and are given rent free living accommodations in the CFS Filmmaker in Motion Residency House. The residency is an artisanal living situation in which the residents not only create a film but also share in creating an eco-friendly living environment. The co-op will provide professional, and new filmmakers with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a period of six months. This “gift of time” will allow artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals.
The CFS Filmmaker in Motion Residency program seeks to create a sustainable community of working, and creative artisans who reside, and participate in the quality of life of that environment. This vision is accomplished through partnership with organizations that will assist in running the community food garden, support filmmakers in learning about sustainability, and work with neighborhood youth to create film projects about their community. This will be accomplished with CFS community relations staff and volunteers. Filmmakers are required to give 3 hours a week to the garden.
A select group of filmmakers will be chosen semi-annually to be fully immersed in the process of filmmaking and cooperative living. The filmmakers will be able to take part in creating the direction of turning the residency into an eco-village.
The residency supports feature films of all genres. Eight filmmaker projects will be accepted for the residency. Four of the eight filmmakers will come from Greater Cincinnati Area, while the other four will be recruited from other U.S. cities and internationally.
Applying filmmakers must be at least 18 years of age but there will be no upper age limit. Filmmakers will be expected to fill out an application, write a personal statement explaining why they are interested in the residency, and submit a treatment or screenplay for the project they are to complete. We encourage filmmakers of all disciplines to apply – from writers and editors to producers and directors.
The applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges with expertise in the areas of education, and filmmaking. The filmmakers will be accepted based on talent, drive, experience, the quality of their proposals, and ability to work well in this unique team environment. Filmmakers at various stages of their career will be considered and accepted.
Filmmakers who apply should do so with the intention of living at the residency for a full 6 months. Artists not able to spend a full 6 months in residence should not apply.
There will be eight work stations in the studio provided for the filmmakers. There will be access to equipment.
Each filmmaker will pay for their own travel expenses and a $200 acceptance fee. Residents are responsible for travel, visa (if necessary), and other living expenses. The filmmaker will be expected to be responsible for providing transportation to the co-op and back home upon completion. They will be provided with office and studio space, film equipment, and post-production equipment necessary to complete the selected projects. Upon completion of film CFS will hold a screening event for showcase. Filmmakers are required to finish the project within the 6 month residency.
You will also receive a contract with guidelines and deliverables for the program covering house, office, equipment, studio access and obligations from both parties.
There are no pets allowed at the residency.
One of the other important factors of the residency will be the co-op portion of the living arrangements. The residents will be provided with a weekly food budget and will be expected to pool the provided resources. They will be responsible for preparing their own food and maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of the co-op house.
An important component of the co-op will be the community garden that the residents will participate in maintaining. A horticulturist will be on hand to offer advice, and guidance as the residents plant and harvest edible foods. The garden will provide produce for the residents to consume
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Resident agrees to submit progress report after three (3) months detailing progress that has been made toward the goals and milestones of your project.
Either during or post-residency, filmmaker must provide CFS with two (2) DVD copies of finished film worked on during your residency.
When the film is completed the Filmmaker must provide the following: a minimum of five (5) publicity stills, a film poster file, plus two (2) headshot/portrait of the filmmaker.
Filmmaker must provide CFS with a 300 word testimonial that speaks to the value the CFS support has meant to the project and the filmmaker’s career, and complete a survey.
Not Currently Accepting Applications.
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