Just Films Fellowships – Call for Entries


DEADLINE: Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 11:59 EST.

OPPORTUNITY: The Independent Filmmaker Project and its Made in NY Media Center are seeking talented New York-based visual storytellers and media makers to take part in 12-month JustFilms Fellowships. Ideal candidates will have a unique vision and a deep commitment to addressing inequality in their work. Fellowships are open to creatives working in an array of nonfiction forms: long- and short-form film, episodic content, web-based media projects, social impact gaming, 360 video, virtual reality, and more. We seek storytellers who inspire imagination, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality. JustFilms Fellows will receive 12-month memberships at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, full-time incubator workspace at the Media Center, mentorship by industry leaders and IFP staff, and access to classes, networking events, Media Center facilities and more.

These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation JustFilms.

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: January 9th, 2017 – January 9th, 2018 (12 months)

OPEN CALL: November 9th, 2016 – December 2nd, 2016

SHORTLISTED REVIEW: December 6th, 2016 (Shortlisted candidates invited for panel presentation)

REVIEW PANEL: December 12th, 2016 (Interviews and panel presentations)

FINALIST SELECTION: December 14th, 2016

FELLOWSHIP ACCEPTANCE: December 19th, 2106


Elissa Birke, Producer Envision, IFP + United Nations (CCOI)

Hannah Roodman, Executive Producer, HUMAN Story

Milton Tabbot, Senior Director Programming at Independent Feature Project

Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively

MODERATOR: Michelle Carollo, Community Engagement Manager, Made in NY Media Center by IFP

PROGRAM PRIORITIES (In no particular order):

  • Animation
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Documentary filmmaking
  • Motion Capture (3D Interactive)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Media Projects Across Platforms
  • Social Impact Gaming
  • 360 Video
  • 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
  • Projects MUST be in social impact storytelling and focus on equity issues
  • Individuals MUST be a New York City resident at time of the award

FELLOWSHIP RESTRICTIONSJustFilms 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
  • 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 are required to work out of the Media Center for at least 25 hours per week

  • Submit a Midterm Report during your fellowship
  • 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.
  3. Email proof of residency, either copy of license, ID card, utility bill, or rental agreement to Michelle Carollo, Community Engagement Manager,


Elissa Birke, Producer of Envision

Elissa Birke

Elissa is the Producer of Envision. Envision, a partnership of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) and the United Nations Creative Community Initiative (CCOI), is a quarterly forum that addresses global issues through documentaries and other media.


Hannah Roodman, Executive Producer, HUMAN Story


At HUMAN, Hannah has directed and produced short films and campaigns for Alicia Keys’ Foundation, The Malala Fund, The United Nations, UNICEF, World Food Programme and more, covering a range of social issues, including: girls’ education, food security, racial justice, and the refugee crisis. During her tenure as Managing Director for HUMAN, Hannah helped steer agency positioning, business development, and operational development, and knows firsthand the challenges and opportunities of building an agency from the ground up as well as the power of storytelling to create measurable social change. Currently, Hannah splits her time between HUMAN as an Executive Producer on select projects and as Founder of The Museum of Healing: an artistic platform exploring and fueling human connection and the healing process through curated programs and exhibits.

Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming at IFP

Milton Tabbot

Milton Tabbot serves as Senior Director of Programming at IFP. His responsibilities include supervising all documentary programs and IFP’s fiscal sponsorship program. Milton’s documentary program management includes the “Spotlight on Documentaries” section of the Project Forum of IFP’s annual Independent Film Week. He is responsible for the annual documentary project selection; management of the documentary edition of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs for first-time feature directors, and the ENVISION: Addressing Global Issues through Documentaries program. Milton also manages the nomination process for IFP’s annual Gotham Independent Film Awards and coordinates the “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater near You” series presented by IFP, Filmmaker Magazine and The Museum of Modern Art’s Film Department. He has been with IFP since 1996.

Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively


Noah Rosenberg is the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Narratively, a platform devoted to untold human stories, which was named one of TIME’s “50 Best Websites of 2013.” Previously, Rosenberg was a full-time freelancer for The New York Times in print, photography, and video, and he has also worked for CBS News’ documentary unit. Additionally, Rosenberg has reported on-camera for Channel One News; served as The Wall Street Journal’s video correspondent and a writer/photographer from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa; was a product manager at Univision Interactive Media; and was Digital Director for The Queens Courier newspaper group, where he pioneered the company’s use of video/multimedia and was founding editor-in-chief of L.I.C. Courier Magazine. Rosenberg’s work has also been featured by GQ, Salon and New York magazine, among others, and he was a 2012 fellow at the City University of New York’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.