creative shorts fellowship

The Creative Shorts Fellowship supports Emerging Native filmmakers to produce a short film: documentary, drama, experimental, or animation piece; and supports a mentorship with a career professional film producer or director. Emerging Native filmmakers find their own mentor for their project. Film professionals, Native or non-Native, may also submit a proposal—following criteria and eligibility—to mentor an Emerging Native filmmaker in the production of that emerging filmmaker’s short film. Emerging Native filmmakers must choose their mentor prior to applying and film professionals must choose their mentee prior to applying. Topic ideas may be about Native cultures, values, histories, contemporary life, environmental justice, social justice, youth, elders, and/or Native empowerment. 

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Creative Shorts Fellowship

Application period: Open Year-Round

Open
July 1
October 1
January 1
April 1

Close
September 30
December 31
March 31
June 30

Vision Maker Media is unleashing the harness and barriers of Native storytelling through the Vision Maker Media Creative Shorts Fellowship. We want to nurture and encourage new and creative, innovative storytelling and have emerging Native filmmakers tell film stories in a uniquely imaginative, inventive, and artistically experimental way. 

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We are seeking to support emerging Native filmmakers to produce new stories that deconstruct barriers of perceptions and misperceptions, facts and myths, ideologies and truths, push the limits of art and technology, while also supporting a mentorship with a career professional film producer or director.

Through the Creative Shorts Fellowship, VMM pays an honorarium directly to film professionals, Native or non-Native, to mentor an emerging Native filmmaker. Emerging Native filmmakers find their own mentor for their project. Film professionals, Native or non-Native, may also submit a proposal—following criteria and eligibility—to mentor an emerging Native filmmaker in the production of that emerging filmmaker’s short film. Emerging Native filmmakers must choose their mentor prior to applying and film professionals must choose their mentee prior to applying. 

Requests for funding in the Creative Shorts Fellowship should be a proposal to film, record, and produce short films to completion, and include a named film professional mentor.

categorY:

-Production (up to $25,000)

For more information or questions, contact visionmaker@unl.edu or 402-472-3522.

public media fund

Supporting native media​

Application period:
CLOSED

Vision Maker Media’s call for film and television production proposals for its Public Media Fund was January 4, 2022 to February 11, 2022. VMM seeks public media film and television projects that are intended and appropriate for Public Media Television Broadcasting, including Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) digital and streaming platforms, that represent the cultures, experiences, and perspectives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Support for the Vision Maker Media Public Media Fund is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Creative shorts fellowship

Application Period:
Closed

The Creative Shorts Fellowship supports Emerging Native filmmakers to produce a short film: documentary, drama, experimental, or animation piece; and supports a mentorship with a career professional film producer or director.

Emerging Native filmmakers find their own mentor for their project. Film professionals, Native or non-Native, may also submit a proposal—following criteria and eligibility—to mentor an Emerging Native filmmaker in the production of that emerging filmmaker’s short film. Emerging Native filmmakers must choose their mentor prior to applying and film professionals must choose their mentee prior to applying. Topic ideas may be about Native cultures, values, histories, contemporary life, environmental justice, social justice, youth, elders, and/or Native empowerment.

Selected shorts projects will be notified Spring 2022. For more information or questions, contact visionmaker@unl.edu or 402-472-3522.

Finished Acquisitions

Application period:
open year round

Vision Maker Media seeks provocative and engaging completed programs from independent or public television producers that represent the experiences, values and cultures of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Applicants will be required to create a user account and sign up. If you have any problems with the online application process, please contact Vision Maker Media at visionmaker@unl.edu or call 402-472-3522.

Walt Pourier

Vice Chair

Walt is Oglala Lakota and created the logo for Urban Rez. He is Creative Director, owner of Nakota Designs Advertising Designs and Graphics. Executive Director of the Stronghold Society nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call To Action Campaigns.