Made in NY Fellowships – Call for Entries

MADE IN NY FELLOWSHIPS - To foster diversity in the media and entertainment industry

DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 11:59 EST.


BACKGROUND: The Made in NY Media Center by IFP was developed through a unique partnership between Independent Filmmaker Project, The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The Made in NY Media Center by IFP is where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries and platforms create, collaborate, connect and incubate across a spectrum of programs, events, and experiences. The Media Center brings together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology and more through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and content creation. Since opening its doors the Media Center has held more than 100 classes and 300 events serving more than 25,000 people in its classrooms, media gallery, theater, café, incubator and community member spaces.

OPPORTUNITY: Ten (10) one year Made in NY Fellowships awarded to New York City – based Individuals, small businesses, and Non-Profit Organizations in the Media and Technology sphere that recognize the importance of diversity in the industry. The Fellowship Program seeks to foster a diverse media industry, one in which different experiences, perspectives, and cultures are valued. Made in NY Fellows will receive 12 months of Incubator Membership at the MINY Media Center by IFP, mentorship by industry leaders and knowledgeable IFP staff, access to IFP classes, networking events and facilities and more.

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: December 1, 2016 – November 30, 2017 (12 months)


OPEN CALL: October 4th, 2016 – November 1st, 2016

SHORTLISTED REVIEW: November 9th, 2016 (shortlisted candidates invited for panel presentation)

REVIEW PANEL: November 15th, 2016 (Interviews and panel presentations)

FINALIST SELECTION: November 17th, 2016

FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTANCE: November 21st, 2106


Jeremy Caplan, Director of Education, Tow Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism

Sabrina Dridje, Director, Made in NY Media Center by IFP

Marcelle Hopkins, Executive Producer of 360 News, New York Times

Charles Torres, Partner, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Law, PerkinsCoie

Joana Vicente, Executive Director, IFP + Made in NY Media Center by IFP

PROGRAM PRIORITIES (In no particular order):

  • Animation
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Gaming
  • Media Entrepreneurs and Innovation
  • Motion Capture (3D Interactive)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Projects Across Platforms
  • Narrative Filmmaking
  • Post-Production
  • Virtual Reality (VR)

ELIGIBILTY REQUIRMENTS (All fellows should work at the space for a significant amount of time):

  • Projects MUST be in the Media and Technology industries
  • Individuals MUST be a New York City resident at time of the award
  • Non-Profit Organizations MUST be a registered 501c3 with principal place of business in New York
  • Companies MUST have principal place of business in New York City
  • The Majority of the team MUST be New York City-based

 FELLOWSHIP RESTRICTIONS: Made in NY Fellowships are not awarded to the following

  • Public school districts and their affiliates
  • Public Universities and/or Colleges
  • New York State Agencies, departments and municipalities
  • Companies that are not New York City- based
  • Companies whose primary place of business is not in New York City
  •  Majority of the team that is not New York City- based
  • Individuals that are not New York City residents at the time of the fellowship award

REVIEW CRITERIA: Strength of applications will be judged on the following

  • Quality, strength and novelty of the project
  • Projects that fall within the program priorities
  • Evidence that the project has potential to be completed during fellowship
  • Feasibility of the project – fulfillment of estimated time frame and expectations
  • Professionalism of overall application
  • Proof of residency

RESPONSIBILITES: All fellowship awardees are required to adhere to the following

  • All fellows are required to adhere to a contract during the grant cycle with the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, which outlines the terms of their fellowship. Please note that The Media Center will include provisions that allow for cancellation of the fellowship for non-compliance
  • All fellows must print the following credit line in all programs or printed materials describing the funded project.
  • “ This project _insert name_is incubating in the Made in NY Media Center by IFP”
  • Submit a Final Report no later than 30 days after completion of the fellowship
  • Professionalism of overall application and required proof of residency


  1. All applicants must APPLY HERE.
  2. All applications must be typed and submitted electronically via the Made in NY Media Center by IFP website. Applications cannot be saved in the application link. Once the submit button is pressed you cannot go back to change or edit your application.

Email proof of residency, either copy of license, ID card, utility bill, rental agreement, or registered NYS 501c3 to Michelle Carollo, Community Engagement Manager,

QUESTIONS? Contact Michelle Carollo | Community Engagement Manager|

Selection Panel:

Jeremy Caplan is Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Before graduating from Princeton he served as concertmaster of the International Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem. He then decamped for New York to work for The Paris Review, Yahoo! Internet Life, and then Newsweek. After moving to Time, he covered the likes of Google, Apple and Yahoo. In addition to tech and business, Jeremy wrote about cultural trends, ranging from carrot-mobs and cereal cafes to mini-lit and life-hacking. He was a Ford Fellow in Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Poynter Institute, a Wiegers Fellow at Columbia Business School, where he completed his MBA, and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School, where he earned an M.S. in Journalism. 

Sabrina Dridje is the Director of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. She has over 10 years experience facilitating projects that connect creatives + entrepreneurs to industry and audiences within film, theater, experiential, digital art and start-up innovation. Having previously worked in film financing and sales for Hanway Films in London, Sabrina went on to work with organizations including Alpha-Ville Festival in London focused on Art, Tech, Music and Web Culture and the Stellar Network, a professional group of industry looking to explore cross sector collaborations between storytelling and technology. 

 Marcelle Hopkins headshotMarcelle Hopkins is the Executive Producer of Interactive 360 at the New York Times and an award-winning journalist specializing in human rights and humanitarian crises. She spent seven years at Al Jazeera’s United Nations bureau, and has covered nearly every major international conflict and crisis of the past decade. In 2015, Marcelle received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford Universities, and a Social Justice Media Fellowship from the Ford Foundation to work at the Media Center. On February 21st, 2016 “On the Brink of Famine” premiered on Facebook 360 in partnership with FRONTLINE to astonishing reviews. “On the Brink of Famine” is a virtual reality documentary experience that gives an in-depth and intimate look into the South Sudan.

 torres-charles-cCharles E Torres launched and leads Perkin Coie’s New York Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice. A recognized leader in the New York City technology community, he counsels emerging companies throughout all phases of growth, as well as the venture capital and angel investors that fund and acquire them. Charles has been a passionate contributor to the New York City technology community since 2000:  he opened the first major law firm office in Brooklyn and founded the Startup Center at Brooklyn’s growing Northside Festival. Additionally, Charles is the creator of the Emerging Company Workshop, a lecture series aimed at entrepreneurs. He was the creator of VCs on Skis, a venture-networking event for the NYC community and was a founding partner of Women Innovate Mobile, a first-in-kind accelerator for female-founded companies.

Joana Vicente Headshot

Joana Vicente is the the Executive Director of the IFP, the oldest and largest nonprofit organization for independent filmmakers in the U.S. since December 2009. Prior to the IFP, Vicente and her partner Jason Kliot produced/executive produced over forty films by such acclaimed directors as Jim Jarmusch, Brian De Palma, Hal Hartley, Steven Soderbergh, Nicole Holofcener, and Todd Solondz. She has co-founded three separate and unique film production entities over the course of her career. Vicente’s films have garnered numerous accolades and awards, including twenty-three Independent Spirit Award nominations and four wins. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Made in NY Award for individuals who have made outstanding contributions to NYC’s entertainment industry.