Must be received by 5 p.m., January 10, 2005

Click here to download the application forms

Through the ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP emerging media artists will capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life as a part of a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications (VC) seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American media artists committed to preserving the legacy and vision of VC. ARMED WITH A CAMERA FELLOWSHIP will award ten fellows $500 to complete, within a three-month span of time, a five-minute video.

Final projects must be shot in digital video format and completed by April 18, 2005. A special program will showcase all completed projects at various VC exhibitions across the city of Los Angeles, including the VC FilmFest: Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival and other venues nationwide. VC will own the productions and will also package and distribute completed works. Distribution income will aid in the continuation of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship.


Selected artists will gain the following through this program:
· Monetary compensation for their artistic work
· Access to VC’s post-production facilities (valued at $700/week)
· One year VC FILMMAKERS UNION membership (valued at $120)
· Exhibition of their new work at the VC FilmFest 2005, and videostreamed
on our website,
· Professional Training Workshops throughout the year
· Opportunity to build portfolio and gain exposure which may open up
other exhibition opportunities & the opportunity to compete with
media veterans
· Future use of VC as a fiscal sponsor
· Technical assistance when necessary

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be of Asian Pacific descent, 30 years old and younger in the year 2005, residents of California and have had previous work in the VC FilmFest, ChiliVisions, any other VC exhibition and/or any Film Festival—this may NOT include on-campus student festivals.

Project Criteria
All projects must conform to the following guidelines:
· Final piece must be a new, original work
· Final piece must shot in digital video format, no 16mm film
· Final piece must be completed by April 18, 2005 for inclusion in the VC FilmFest 2005
· Total length of final piece must not exceed five minutes
· Budget for each project shall not exceed $500
· Mandatory orientation on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2005, and bi-monthly peer sessions from January through April
· Priority will be given to animation, documentary and experimental pieces.

Fellowship Selection Process
Ten media artists will be selected by a multi-generational review panel composed of community members, media artists, critics, and curators. Selections will be made on the basis of creative excellence and innovation. Applicants will be contacted by mid-January 2005.

How to Apply
Click here to download the application forms
Please send the following:
. Information Cover Sheet
. Resume
. Project Treatment (2 page maximum)
. Project Timeline (All projects must begin in January 2005 and must be completed by April 18, 2005)
. Budget (proposed budget must total $500; budget items may include artist stipend, equipment, supplies, location fee, food, etc.)
. Sample work cued to five minutes
. Self-addressed stamped envelope

DEADLINE: Received by 5pm, January 10, 2005. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Leslie at (213) 680-4462 x39 or by email.

Email to : Fax: (213) 687-4848
Mail to: Visual Communications
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Attn: Leslie Ito

Founded in 1970, Visual Communications is the first Asian Pacific media arts center in the nation. The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society. That understanding is demonstrated through the commitment to excellence in the media arts at the grassroots level through a range of programs that promote honest and sensitive portrayals of Asians and Asian Pacific Americans. These programs are complemented by the long-standing collaborative efforts with other community organizations and a commitment to the development of an informed community.

Armed with a Camera is partially funded by California Community Foundation, Workplace Hollywood, and ABC entertainment.