On-screen representation affects cultural understanding of BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ characters. Barriers need to be broken down until equal representation is achieved on-screen and behind the camera.
BendFilm’s Grant will support a BIPOC women artist with $20,000 toward making their short or feature film. The grant supports storytellers who are working to tell creative and complex stories told from a point of view that is unique and authentic.
A program designed to enable mid-career and emerging artists working in film, audio storytelling, immersive realities, performance, animation, etc, the opportunity to develop or continue working upon a new project utilizing resources available to them through PAM CUT including classroom space, gear, marketing, professional support, and an opportunity for exhibition.
Each residency lasts for 3 months and the artist will receive a $2500 stipend.
Open Signal‘s Black Film Fellowship is accepting applications until December 20th, 2019. The fellowship allows six Portland-based Black filmmakers to immerse themselves in a creative environment that avoids the biases of extra-cultural critique, while fostering an environment of trust and experimentation. The Black Filmmaker Fellowship is a rare opportunity for social exploration and deep career development at Open Signal.
Open Signal Labs is an incubator for new stories at Open Signal, a media arts center based in Northeast Portland. Labs and its fellowship were created with a clear awareness of emerging opportunities for African-Americans in film and television, and the critical social and political importance of the Black perspective in all areas of storytelling.