What was the difference between the Media Artists Fellowships Program and the Media Arts Fellowships?
The Media Arts Fellowships Program represented a full range of activities designed to provide financial and technical assistance to media makers and to encourage the production, distribution and exhibition of independent media in all forms. The Media Arts Fellowships were one component, albeit the primary activity, of the Fellowships program. Other activities included promoting the Fellows and their work through the internet and occasional publications, providing technical assistance to media makers through workshops, and working with festivals and other exhibitors to program Fellows' work.
What was the difference between the Rockefeller Foundation's Media Arts Fellowships and the Program for Media Artists?
The Rockefeller Foundation initiated the Media Arts Fellowships - formerly known as the Rockefeller Foundation's Media Arts Fellowships - in 1988. Over the years, the Fellowships program grew to include additional activities beyond the awarding of the Fellowships. From 2001, the Ford Foundation co-funded the Fellowships Program. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation co-funded the Latin American Fellowships from 1992 through 2001.
What is the relationship of the Media Arts Fellowships to Renew Media and to the Tribeca Film Institute?
From 1995-2002, Renew Media administered the Fellowships program on behalf of the program's funders. From 2003, Renew Media assumed responsibility for all activities of the Media Arts Fellowships Program. In 2008, Renew Media merged with the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), and TFI took on management of the program.
What is Renew Media?
Renew Media (formerly National Video Resources) was a not-for-profit organization established in 1990 by the Rockefeller Foundation. Its mission was to increase the public's awareness of and access to independently produced film and video. Renew Media designed and implemented its projects with both individuals and organizations, such as public libraries, colleges and universities, and grassroots organizations, in mind.
What is the Tribeca Film Institute?
De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Institute in the wake of
September 11th to educate, entertain, and inspire filmmakers and film lovers
alike. The Institute creates innovative programs that draw on the power of film
to promote understanding, tolerance and global awareness. TFI also supports the
cultural and economic revitalization of
The Tribeca Film Institute is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please visit www.tribecafilminstitute.org.
How can I apply for a Fellowship?
The Media Arts Fellowships are no longer being distributed. While the program was active, the Fellowships (Film and Video, New Media and Media Arts - Mexico ) operated through a nomination process. Each year, a nominating committee was created for the three distinct Fellowships components. Each committee member was asked to nominate three media artists. The artists were then invited to submit applications for review by a panel of professionals from the field.
Who were the nominators and how were they selected?
Nominators were drawn from artists, scholars, exhibitors, curators, producers, distributors, programmers and other media professionals representing a wide geographical distribution. Each committee member was a media professional who had a commanding knowledge of independent work and thus could draw from a broad pool of makers. The nominating committee members changed every year to ensure that the Fellowships Program remained both diverse and inclusive. Committee members were drawn from recommendations from the independent media field.
How were the Fellows selected?
Interdisciplinary panels for each of the Fellowships components (Film/Video, New Media and Mexico ) recommended the Fellows; these recommendations were then approved by the administering organization's board. The panel members changed every year, but generally included media curators/programmers, scholars, former Fellows and other media artists and specialists. Each panel member read and screened all submitted materials.
What other general funding resources are available?
There are numerous resources available to film and videomakers all over the country. The Resources section of this site offers some preliminary suggestions. This list is far from comprehensive, but should get you started.