Made in NY Fellowship

Applications closed for the January – June Fellowship Cycle. Check back in May 2019 for the next Call for Entries.

The Made in NY Fellowship, a partnership between The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is a six-month fellowship program aimed at supporting new voices in media and creative technology from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Made in NY Fellowship, a partnership between The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is a six-month fellowship program aimed at supporting new voices in media and creative technology from a wide range of backgrounds. If you’re a media or tech creator or entrepreneur looking for a community-minded space to successfully complete your project or launch your business, this fellowship is for you! 

From inception, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP has been a space where storytellers create, collaborate and connect through a spectrum of programs, events and experiences. The Made in NY Fellowship utilizes the full scope of resources this space has to offer in addition to industry access, one-on-one mentoring, and workshops specifically designed for the Made in NY Fellowship.

For four years, the Made in NY Fellowship has supported over forty fellows in a variety of projects in filmmaking, podcasting, gaming and more. We are looking for a new wave of boundary-breaking creators looking for a space to take their project to the next level. 

Six Made in NY Fellowships will be awarded to individuals, small businesses, and/or non-profit organizations in the media and technological spheres based on the strength and scale of their projects. Accepted fellows will be given six months of free workspace and with it the opportunity to create amongst a network of peers. You’ll also be paired with a carefully selected mentor, receive targeted support through a workshopping group led by a former Made in NY Fellow and participate in three full-day retreat sessions aimed at introducing you to key industry professionals. 

PRIMARY BENEFITS: 

  • Six months of dedicated desk space at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP 
  • Targeted peer support via a group workshop led by a former Made in NY Fellow 
  • Industry guidance from a mentor carefully selected for each project 
  • Use of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP’s conference rooms, editing suite and podcast studio
  • Access to attend over 50 IFP and Made in NY Media Center by IFP screenings, networking mixers, panels and other events
  • Free classes via the Made in NY Media Center by IFP’s ClassWork Program  
  • One use of the Made in NY Media Center’s Theater and Lounge for a screening, panel, mixer, launch or other applicable event relating to your project or business 
  • Three full-day retreat sessions aimed at introducing the fellow’s cohort to key industry players for their projects (these retreats are currently scheduled for the following Saturdays–– January 19th, March 23rd and May 18th) 

PROGRAM PRIORITIES (In no particular order):

Animation

Audio Storytelling

Augmented Reality (AR)

Episodic

Gaming

Media Entrepreneurs and Innovation

Motion Capture (3D Interactive)

Multi-Disciplinary Projects Across Platforms

Narrative Filmmaking

Nonfiction Filmmaking

Podcasting

Post-Production

Short Form Content

Virtual Reality (VR)

Volumetric Filmmaking


ELIGIBILTY REQUIRMENTS:

+ Fellows MUST need at least three days a week of workspace 

+ Projects MUST be in the Media and Technology industries

+ Individuals MUST be New York City residents at time of acceptance

+ Non-profit organizations MUST be registered 501c3s 

+ Companies and non-profit organizations 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 may not be awarded to–– 

+ Public school districts and their affiliates

+ Public universities and/or colleges

+ New York State agencies, departments and/or municipalities

+ Companies whose primary place of business is not based in New York City

+ Applicant teams where the majority of the team is not New York City-based

+ Individuals that are not New York City residents at the time the fellowship is awarded


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

+ Quality, strength and originality of the project

+ Evidence that the project has potential to be completed during fellowship

+ Professionalism of overall application

+ Proof of residency

+ Ability to attend three required retreat sessions and Fellows Open House


RESPONSIBILITIES: All fellows are required to adhere to the following––

+ Uphold 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

+ Print the following credit line in all programs or printed materials describing the funded project. “Project 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

+ Attend all three required retreat sessions and Fellows Open House, as well as other required fellows events throughout the program 


TIMELINE: 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Wednesday, October 24 – Monday, November 12, 2018 (Veterans Day) 

**Application will require general contact information, an image of creator and/or relevant image for your project, details on your project and how the creator will benefit from the fellowship.**

PROJECT TIMEFRAME: January 2, 2019 –– June 30, 2019 

SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (candidates chosen at this stage will be invited for a panel presentation to the Selection Committee. Full details on criterial for panel presentation will be provided upon acceptance as a shortlisted candidate) 

PANEL PRESENTATIONS AND INTERVIEWS: Thursday, November 29, 2018

FINALIST SELECTION ANNOUNCED: Monday, December 3, 2018

ACCEPTANCE DEADLINE: Thursday, December 6, 2018

2018 COHORT FINAL PRESENTATIONS & 2019 COHORT I ACCEPTED FELLOWS ORIENTATION: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Accepted fellows who make significant progress on their projects in their six months at the Media Center will be able to apply to extend their fellowship for a further six months. Up to two spots in the next cohort of fellowships (Call for Entries –– May 2019) will be available for these continuing fellows.