Grant & Fellowship Opportunity

Hello all! We are writing to you from one of our favorite cities in the world–Chicago! We have lot’s of things to do, and people to meet, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to keep you up to date. See below for the most recent opportunity from the Columbus Film Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.




The Columbus Film Council and The Greater Columbus Arts Council present the:

2013 Individual Media Artists Fellowship Program

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and The Columbus Film Council (CFC) encourage and support cultural development in the Columbus area. In this capacity, GCAC and CFC have partnered to present the 2013 Media Artists Fellowship Program as part of the GCAC Individual Artists Fellowships. Established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, awarded fellowships in painting, sculpture, photography, and graphics in its first year, over 150 awards, in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition, and choreography/movement arts, have been made.

The 2013 program will distribute 3 fellowships to media artists, in the disciplines of film, video, and digital moving image.

As part of this exciting partnership, the Columbus Film Council will screen work by the fellowship recipients at the 61st Columbus International Film +Video Festival, the longest running film festival in the United States. The recipients will also receive their Fellowship Awards at the CIF+VF’s Chris Awards Ceremony on November 16, 2013 at the Canzani Center on the Columbus College of Art & Design campus.

APPLICATION  DEADLINE :  August 31, 5:00 p.m.


1. A completed online application form file is due in GoArts, GCAC’s online application system (  by August 31, 5:00pm. Three copies of the same required DVD and your signed cover page must be postmarked and mailed postmarked by September 6, 2013 to:

Greater Columbus Arts Council
Attn: Grants & Services/Media Arts Fellowship
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 2250
Columbus, OH 43215

No late applications will be accepted.

This should not be work created for this application, but rather your existing work as a filmmaker. This is not a 48hr FF type of program but rather an award for artistic excellence. Also the applicant should be the “auteur”, the primary creative owner of the work submitted. For example in the case of Martin Scorsese his work as a director on Hugo would be eligible but his work as the Executive Producer on Frankenstein would not. Sometimes this may not be easy to discern (the Coen Brothers come to mind) so please contact Susan Halpern at if you need clarification in this matter. Also the work must be created no earlier than 2007.

2. You will be sent an email confirming receipt of your application. This email will include your application number.  You will need to print your application, sign the cover page and return it to GCAC, postmarked by August 31. Please include your three DVD’s in the same packet with your application number written on all three DVD’s. YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT BE ON THE DVD OR IN THE FILM CREDITS. This is so the grant panelist may jury the work without knowing who the makers are. Failing to do so will disqualify your application. Please make sure to edit the submitted clip so that no maker names appear in the work sample.

3. Panelists will be provided a secure remote access link and a DVD to jury the applications down the finalists. The final three applicants will be chosen via panel in early October. The final adjudication (dollar amount of the awards) will be determined by a guest filmmaker chosen from the top 3 Recipients chosen by the panel. There will be two $1500 awards and one $3500 award given.

4. The three Recipients will be announced by the end of the week of the panel and the final grant amounts will be announced at the CIF+VF Awards Ceremony on November 16th.


The Individual Artist Fellowship program provides unrestricted grants to artists of outstanding talent and ability who currently live in the City of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have done so for at least one year.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application, or during the grant award period, may not apply.

The following categories will be considered for awards:

Time based digital images

Please note work that is primarily installation art is not eligible for this award. The work that is eligible should be single screen work suitable for theatrical exhibition. Interactive works are also not eligible. Within those parameters all genres of media making (documentary, narrative, experimental, etc.) are eligible.

Past fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for a period of three years from the date of their award. For example, a 2011 award recipient may not apply again until 2015.


The main support materials for the review are DVDs of your work.  With your with your signed cover page, please send three (3) DVD copies of the same ten minutes of work. The DVDs should be NTSC zone 0 or 1. PAL and Secam DVDs will not be accepted. Blu-ray discs are also not acceptable. Please make sure that your DVDs will play on a standard consumer DVD player. Package your DVDs so that they will arrive undamaged. DVDs that arrive damaged will invalidate the application.

What to include in your ten minutes of work is entirely up to the individual applicant. You may submit trailers, clips, finished shorts, etc. Please bear in mind that the ten minutes of work may be the only representation of your work that the panel views. You may include a longer clip following the required ten minutes but there is no guarantee that the panelists will view more than the ten minute clip at the head of the DVD.  Please include your three DVD’s in the same packet with your application number written on all three DVD’s and with your signed cover page. YOUR NAME SHOULD NOT BE ON THE DVD OR IN THE FILM CREDITS. This is so the grant panelist may jury the work without knowing who the makers are. Failing to do so will disqualify your application. Please make sure to edit the submitted clip so that no maker names appear in the work sample.

For technical issues, contact Ruby Harper at GCAC (614.221.8406)


Collaborative works may be submitted.  Artists must submit separate application forms and clearly indicate the name(s) of the collaborative artists and the roles credited for each artist.  Only one award is possible for collaborative works, which must be shared equally by each artist.


Awards will be recommended by a panel of experts in the field of media arts.  Their decisions will be based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted for review. You are therefore encouraged to submit works that clearly convey the techniques and concepts you employ.  The primary criterion is quality.  Gender, race, age, financial need, education, professional affiliations, previous recognition, and occupation are NOT considerations for funding.  The panel will consider:

The relationship of your work to activity in the field on a statewide, regional, and national basis.

Creative and inventive use of the art form.

Overall consistency in the body of the work you submit for review.

Innovation in style and/or concept.

Technical proficiency in the use of the medium/media.

The panel review process will be anonymous.  Panel members will see only your DVDs, identified by the application number assigned to it.  The application form itself will be unavailable to the panel.  You are encouraged to complete the section called “Description of Work Presented.”  Please avoid using this section to cite past artistic accomplishments.  This statement may be read by the panelists to clarify the focus or direction of your work, though GCAC/CFC staff retains the right to edit any statement if it contains, in their judgment, information that could possibly compromise the panelists’ objectivity.

The panelists for 2013 are:

Todd Kwait
Todd Kwait is a filmmaker and record producer, and has served on board of directors of Independent Pictures (Ohio Independent Film Festival) since 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Anne Bohlen
Anne Bohlen is an Emeritus Faculty of Antioch College where she was Professor of Communication and Media Arts for fourteen years teaching 16mm film, digital audio and documentary production and history courses, and mentoring senior projects in narrative, experimental and documentary film, video and audio.

Laura Paglin
Laura Paglin has been producing and directing films since she was a teenager. Each one of her narrative and documentary films has explored the dramatic lives of ‘the underdog’.  Her films have been screened at film festivals, exhibited theatrically and broadcast on television internationally. Laura lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


Two (2) $1500 fellowships and one (1) $3500 fellowship will be awarded. The awards are intended to recognize outstanding local artists. Fellowships are intended to assist artists in any manner they deem fit to support the creation of new works and/or the advancement of their careers.

Award recipients should intend to remain in residence for the grant award period (September 1, 2013 – August 30, 2014).

Ruby Harper, Grants & Services Director
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ph: 614.221.8406

Susan Halpern, Executive Director
Columbus Film Council
Ph: 614.444.7460