2018/19 McKnight Media Artist Application Guidelines

Applications for 2019 will begin in January.

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The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas. Eight arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The McKnight Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

About the McKnight Media Artist Fellowships

Purpose
The intent of this program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Minnesota by acknowledging the accomplishments of media artists and supporting their artistic growth. This is not a project-specific grant, but instead an acknowledgment of an artist’s exceptional body of work.

Criteria
The McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists provide recognition and financial support for mid-career media artists. The program is designed to reward media artists who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The specific criteria that the jurors use to select the fellows are consistent artistic excellence and merit, clarity and uniqueness of vision, and professionalism.

Awards
Four fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded to Minnesota media artists. The awards are unrestricted and can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project.

One of these four fellowships will be awarded to a screenwriter, and three will be awarded to other types of media artists, including independent creative producers, directors, writers, and developers in film, television, radio, web, computer/video games, and other emerging forms of media. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.

Jury Panels
The fellows will be selected by two panels of jurors who are media artists and professionals from outside of Minnesota. The screenwriting fellowship will be selected by a single juror, while the three other fellowships will be selected by a panel of three jurors.

FilmNorth fellowship staff who oversee the McKnight Fellowship program do not contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the McKnight Media Artist Fellows. The role of the staff is to provide clarity for the review process and to ensure that the panel review and discussion proceed in accordance with the program’s guidelines.

Eligibility
Eligible applicants include independent creative producers, directors, writers, and developers in film, television, radio, web, computer/video games, and other emerging forms of media. The fellowship is designed to support Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.

Please read carefully. Applicants who do not meet all of the following criteria and expectations will not be considered and should not apply.

You must:

1. Be at least 18 years old and a resident of Minnesota, as determined by voting and/or payment of taxes in the state.
2. Have lived in the state for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
3. Reside in the state until the end of the twelve-month Fellowship period.
4. Be the only artist credited with your job title on your project. For instance, if you co-directed a film, you may not use that film as a work sample unless you are applying as a team with your co-director. Exceptions can be made for producers if they provide additional documentation in the Process and History Document for their work sample (see below under Application Requirements). 
5. Be willing to participate in all aspects of the fellowship program, including meetings, public relations opportunities and fellowship events.
6. Be able to demonstrate that you are beyond the stage of an emerging artist, with a sustained level of professional accomplishment, commitment and excellence over a period of at least five years. Evidence of this accomplishment cannot be student work. To demonstrate that you are beyond the stage of an emerging artist, you must have at least one of these qualifications, depending on your role:

If you are submitting work as a film, television, radio, webisode director or producer:

• You must provide documentation indicating that your work has been shown in at least five film festivals, web festivals, or curated exhibitions, one of them outside of Minnesota,
• OR has been broadcast or distributed nationally or internationally (not including online self-distribution, such as YouTube),
• OR has received at least one national award (e.g., Spirit Award, Webby, national Emmy, Third Coast award, etc.).

If you are submitting work as a screenwriter or television/webisode writer:

• You must have had a feature-length screenplay, or a television script produced or optioned for production. That production must be by a person or a company with at least one produced feature film or television credit (not yourself or your own production company),
• OR have placed as a semi-finalist, finalist, or winner of a national (outside of Minnesota) screenwriting competition (e.g., Nicholl, Austin, Slamdance, etc.),
• OR be a member of the Writers’ Guild of America.

If you are submitting work as a computer/video game or interactive creator:

• You must have received recognition from a national or international organization (e.g., the Independent Games Festival). It may be a competition, festival, award, or producer option.

ALL APPLICANTS must provide documentation to support their credentials, such as a copy of the option agreement or production details, a link to a website of a festival or competition stating your status, a scanned copy of a contract or award, etc. The jury will not see this documentation; it is for the FilmNorth staff to confirm eligibility for each applicant. Therefore there is no need to submit additional documentation beyond the required minimum. (For example, if you are a filmmaker, you need only submit proof that at least one of your films has been shown in five film festivals; there’s no advantage to submitting more than five.)

You may:

You may apply as an individual or as a team of no more than two artists. Each applicant on the team must fulfill all the eligibility requirements. Co-applicants should submit only one set of written materials: a combined resume of work completed together, combined artist statement, etc. All work samples must be work created as a team.

You may not:

1. Submit works that were made for a degree-granting program.
2. Submit works that were made on a “work for hire” basis. The concept of “work made for hire” can be complicated; please review this page, and if you have further questions, contact the program administrator.
3. Submit more than one application per individual (or team of two) per year.
4. Submit works in which the only means of expression is photography or theatre-based performance. Other McKnight Artist Fellowships support artists working in these areas.
5. Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning.
6. Have received a McKnight Artist Fellowship in any discipline in 2015, 2016 or 2017.
7. Apply to more than one of the ten McKnight Artist Fellowships programs in a given year. Doing so will disqualify applicants from consideration in any program in that fellowship year.
8. Work as fellowship staff at any McKnight Artist Fellowship program.
9. Work as fellowship staff or be an immediate family member of fellowship staff at FilmNorth.
10. Be an employee of FilmNorth. (Independent contractors are allowed).
11. Work at or be a board member of The McKnight Foundation. In addition, you may not be an immediate family member of foundation arts program staff.
12. If you are a previous McKnight Media Artist Fellow, you may not submit the same work you submitted the year you received the fellowship. Additionally, at least one of your work samples must have created since you received the fellowship.

Application Requirements

Once you have determined that you are eligible, you may apply by filling out the online application. Applications are taken via Submittable; if you do not already have an account, you’ll need to create one. Your work samples may be submitted as links or attachments, depending on your medium, or can be submitted on physical media if necessary. Do not send any of your materials as email attachments or on paper. NOTE: if you are uploading a work sample, it must be a PDF. You cannot upload a Quicktime or MP3 or any other kind of media file; instead you should upload those files to another site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud) and send the link to us. You cannot submit links to work samples on Dropbox, or any other file hosting site that requires the panelists to download software.

Please note that a new change this year is that if you are applying as a writer, you may only submit writing samples; conversely if you are not applying as a writer, you may not submit any writing samples.

1. ONE-SENTENCE DESCRIPTION OF YOUR AND YOUR WORK
Describe your body of work so that the panelists will have a context for your application and work samples. Example: “I am a documentary filmmaker specializing in human rights issues.”

2. TWO OR THREE WORK SAMPLES
You must submit at least two work samples; if you have three strong ones, we encourage you to submit three. Put your best work sample first. 

Film, television, radio, and webisode directors and producers:

• You must submit two or three completed projects of any length.
• The judges will watch a minimum of 10 consecutive minutes of each piece.
• Please indicate the track/timecode/level where you want the judges to begin.
• Submit your work as a URL or DVD (URL preferred). If submitting on DVD, please provide 4 copies.
• If you are submitting episodic work, you cannot submit two episodes of the same series unless you also submit a different work sample from another project. (i.e. if you want to submit two work samples from the same episodic series, you must also submit a third work sample from a different project.)

Screenwriters and TV/webisode writers:

• You must submit two or three completed scripts of any length.
• The juror will read a minimum of twenty pages of each script, starting on page 1.
• 1-2 page plot synopsis of your screenplay. This can give the juror an idea of the an overview of the entire story. This is not a treatment. Do not exceed 2 pages. Put your name at the top. (This is in addition to the 50-word synopsis described in number 3 below.)
• Scripts must be in standard screenplay format. (For an example please see this page. Any screenplay not properly format will not be considered.)
• Submit your work as a PDF.
• If you are submitting episodic work, you cannot submit two episodes of the same series unless you also submit a different work sample from another project. (i.e. if you want to submit two work samples from the same episodic series, you must also submit a third work sample from a different project.)

Computer/video game and interactive creators:

• You must submit two or three completed projects of any length.
• The judges will play/navigate a minimum of 10 minutes of each piece.
• In addition to the work samples, you must provide a video walkthrough of each sample.
• Please indicate the track/timecode/level where you want the judges to begin.
• Submit your work as a URL or DVD (URL preferred). If submitting on DVD, please provide 4 copies.

ELIGIBLE GENRES AND FORMATS

You may submit work samples in any of these media:

• Feature-length and short narrative films/videos
• Feature-length and short narrative film scripts
• Feature-length and short documentaries
• Feature-length and short documentary scripts
• Feature-length and short experimental projects
• Feature-length and short animated projects
• Multi-part or single television programs
• Multi-part or single television scripts
• Multi-part webisodes
• Multi-part webisode scripts
• Multi-part or single radio programs
• Interactive games
• Websites with narrative or interactive components
• Other interactive media pieces that are difficult to categorize

FilmNorth recognizes that not all media projects fall within the strict definitions of genres and formats. Refer to the list below of works not accepted, and speak with the program administrator if you have questions regarding eligibility of a particular work.

INELIGIBLE GENRES AND FORMATS

You may not submit work samples of any of these types:

• Works produced in fulfillment of a class assignment or a degree program
• Works for hire
• Broadcast news journalism
• Broadcast reality entertainment
• Advertising commercials
• Industrial films and websites
• Corporate films and websites
• Music videos (unless the director is also the musician)
• Educational films and websites
• Trailers, clips or any proposal for a longer project
• Director’s or producer’s reels
• Incomplete works in progress
• Screenplay or teleplay adaptations of any previously written, performed, or filmed work by another artist

3. A 50-WORD SYNOPSIS OF EACH WORK SAMPLE
This will be used by the jurors when they need to quickly remind themselves what your project is about. The 50-word limit is strict. 

4. PROCESS AND HISTORY STATEMENTS
For each work you’re submitting, provide a brief written description of the inspiration or vision for the piece, unique or notable aspects of the process, and the production and exhibition history (if applicable). One page maximum. Include your name at the top of the page.

Film producers should additionally include a paragraph detailing when they got involved in the project, what areas of creative producing they were directly responsible for, and, if there were other producers, how the co-production was structured. FilmNorth may follow up and ask for additional clarification from the project’s director.

5. PROOF OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
Provide programs, documents, or links to information verifying your inclusion in festivals, other curated programs, awards, producer options, or broadcast schedules (as defined under “Eligibility,” above).

6. PROFESSIONAL RESUME
The resume should be no longer than two pages and should demonstrate professional accomplishment in your medium for a minimum of five years. It should reflect your work, honors, awards and other recognition in the field, as well as give information about your education and related work; and it is extremely important to include dates with all listings.

7. ARTIST STATEMENT
Submit a current artist statement about your work (no longer than one page). It may provide information about your background, the development or current direction of your work, or other information you would like to present to the panel. Include your name at the top of the page. Here are some examples of artist statements from the 2015 fellows, which you may download for reference.

8. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 By applying you attest:

• To the accuracy of the information supplied in this application.
• That the material submitted is your sole and original work.
• That you have read all the eligibility requirements and meet them.
• That you are over the age of 18 (or will be by the application deadline.
• That you have lived in Minnesota for at least a year prior to the applications deadline.
• That if you are awarded a fellowship, you will live in Minnesota for at least a year after the award is made (on June 5, 2018)
• That you are willing to participate in all aspects of the fellowship program, including meetings, public relations opportunities, and fellowship events.
• To your agreement to hold FilmNorth, its staff, and fellowship jurors harmless from, and defend them against, all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) arising out of or in connection with any work submitted to the McKnight Media Artist Fellowship or any project developed out of such work.
• That the burden of obtaining copyright or otherwise protecting any proprietary interests in the material, if you wish to do so, rests entirely with you.
• To your understanding of the purposes and conditions of the McKnight Media Artist Fellowships and to your acceptance of them should you be selected as a fellow.
• That you are eligible for the competition, and that you will notify FilmNorth if you become ineligible prior to the conclusion of the competition.
• That providing false or misleading information on this application, or failing in any other way to comply with the rules will subject you to disqualification and/or forfeiture of the fellowship.

Application Process

Starting this year, applications will be taken via Submittable. You will need to create an account to apply.

Fill out the application and upload all information and supporting materials by the submission deadline. If you are submitting any physical media in support of your application (e.g., a DVD) that material must be received at the FilmNorth office by the deadline for application:

Submission Deadline
Monday, March 12 at 5PM

You will not be able to upload files after 5PM. At that time the system immediately stops accepting applications, even if you are working on yours. Please plan ahead to make sure your system is compatible with the application process. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

If you are submitting your work samples as physical media (e.g. DVDs), please deliver them to:
McKnight Media Artist Fellowships
FilmNorth
550 Vandalia Street
St. Paul, MN 55114
651-644-1912

Selection Process

The FilmNorth program staff will review every application to ensure eligibility. If there are questions, you will be contacted in the first few days after the application deadline to clarify any issues with your application.

The fellows will be selected by two panels of jurors who are media artists and professionals from outside of Minnesota. Jurors will evaluate submissions for consistent artistic excellence and merit, clarity and uniqueness of vision, and professionalism. The screenwriting fellowship will be selected by a single juror, while the three other fellowships will be selected by a panel of three jurors.

The screenwriting juror will review the work on their own, and select the fellow using the application criteria listed above. 

The non-screenwriting applications will be reviewed by a panel of three jurors who will review all the work independently, before coming to Minnesota to discuss the applications and select three fellows using the application criteria listed above.

Getting Help with your Application

There are several ways you can get help with your application:

Information Session

Eric Mueller, program administrator, will conduct a 90-minute “How to Apply” Workshop to review the application process: both its content and technical aspects. He will be joined by Noah Keesecker, Program Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts.

Wednesday, February 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The session will be held at the FilmNorth office:
FilmNorth
550 Vandalia Street
St. Paul, MN 55114
651-644-1912

Watch a video recording of the information session.

In-person or Phone Meetings

Applicants are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (in person or over the phone) with Eric Mueller about their application before completing it online. To schedule a meeting please call 651-644-1912 or email emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

Artist Statement Help

For help with your artist statement we recommend you contact Noah Keesecker, Program Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts. Noah is an expert in artist development, and for a reasonable fee he can help you take your ideas and turn them into an artist statement. Noah is also a previous recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship, and he is very familiar with the program. Do not wait until the last moment to contact him, as the process takes a little time, and he has multiple artists he works with. noah@springboardforthearts.org 651-292-3206.

Filling out the application

If you’re having technical problems with filling out the application form (like you forgot your password), please contact Submittable, who will be able to help you.  

CALENDAR

1/15/18 Applications Open
2/7/18 “How to Apply” Workshop
3/12/18 Deadline
6/5/18 Fellowships Announced

HELP/FAQ

1. What is the McKnight Media Artist Fellowships Program?
This program, administered by FilmNorth, awards four unrestricted $25,000 fellowships to professional Minnesota media artists each year. The program is one of ten Artist Fellowship programs funded by the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information on McKnight Artist Fellowships in other program areas go here.

2. What is the application deadline?
Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5PM.

3. What’s new this year?
There are some significant changes from the past, including:

• Screenwriters will now be judged independently from all other media artists
• The juror will now read the first 20 pages of every screenplay. 
• Screenwriters no longer have to prove that their scripts are registered with the WGA.
• Film/TV/Radio makers must now submit proof that their work has been screened in a minimum of 5 festivals/curated showings (or meet one of the two other requirements listed under “Eligibility.”)
• Music Videos are no longer allowed as work samples
• Clarifications have been made about work samples being made by more than one person
• Applications are now being taken via Submittable, meaning that you no longer have to complete the application in one sitting. 

4. What does the panel look for?
The panel looks for mid-career artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time. In other words, these awards are not intended for Media Artists at the beginning stage of their career, nor are they for a single work of merit. Above all, the panel looks for artistic excellence in an artist’s body of work.

5. How do you define “mid-career”?
Mid-career artists will have a history of sustained professional media arts work over a period of at least five years, demonstrated through film festival screenings, produced films, optioned screenplays, residencies, grants, fellowships, awards or other recognition in the field. Accomplishments must be outside of accredited degree programs, i.e. student performances will not count towards the five-year period of professional accomplishment.

6. What are the eligibility requirements?
Please see above under “Eligibility.”

7. May I apply as part of a team?
You may apply as an individual or as a team of no more than two artists. Each applicant on the team must fulfill all the eligibility requirements. Co-applicants should submit only one set of written materials: a combined resume of work completed together, combined artist statement, etc. All work samples must be work created as a team.

8. What are the fellowships for?
Fellowships are unrestricted funds available to media artists to support their work and artistry. The Fellowships are not project grants, and the panel does not evaluate project proposals as criteria in the selection process. A fellowship can help an artist set aside periods of time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of an opportunity; or work on a new project. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning during the fellowship year and the fellowships funds may not be used to support work associated with a degree program. However, fellowships may be used to support professional study. If you have further questions about what the fellowship may support, please contact us at emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

9. Who reviews the applications?
The fellows will be selected by two panels of jurors who are media artists and professionals from outside of Minnesota. The screenwriting fellowship will be selected by a single juror, while the three other fellowships will be selected by a panel of three jurors. Panelists are knowledgeable about media arts and the panel represents a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. The panel makeup changes each year. The panel is confidential and names of panelists are not revealed until after the selection process is complete.

10. Does FilmNorth help pick the fellows?
No. FilmNorth fellowship staff who oversee the McKnight Fellowship program do not contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the McKnight Media Artist Fellows. The role of the staff is to provide clarity for the review process and to ensure that the panel review and discussion proceed in accordance with the program’s guidelines.

11. What should I say in my artist statement?
Since the fellowship is an award for an artist and a body of work (rather than a specific project), we suggest using the artist statement to help the panel get a better idea of who you are as an artist. The statement may take any one of several directions: you may choose to write about your background, the development of your work, your particular interests as an artist or your aesthetic position, your future direction or anything else pertinent to your art. Keep in mind that the artist statement is not a project proposal. You may if you wish talk about your plans for the fellowship year, but it is not required, nor is it one of the criteria that the panel uses when selecting fellows. Here are some examples of artist statements from the 2015 fellows, which you may download for reference.

12. May I use the same artist statement I submitted last year?
Yes, certainly, if it is still pertinent. The panel make-up changes every year, so each panel is seeing application materials anew.

13. How can I get help with my artist statement?
We recommend you contact Noah Keesecker, Program Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts. Noah is an expert in artist development, and for a reasonable fee he can help you take your ideas and turn them into an artist statement. Noah is also a previous recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship, and he is very familiar with the program. Do not wait until the last moment to contact him, as the process takes a little time, and he has multiple artists he works with. noah@springboardforthearts.org 651-292-3206.

14. Should I submit two or three work samples?
If you have three great work samples you are strongly encouraged to submit all three of them. If you only have two great work samples your application will look less robust than an applicant that has three samples, but you should only be submitting work that is very strong. It’s recommended to put your strongest work sample first.

15. Should my work sample show recent work, older work or both?
Ideally you should have work that covers a span of time, but you are strongly encouraged to have some recent work. Applicants who do not submit recent work (last 1-2 years) will be at a disadvantage. (Note: If you have previously received a media artists fellowship, at least one sample must be since you received the last fellowship. Also, you are not allowed to use work samples which have previously been used to win a fellowship.)

16. I understand the judges will watch at least 10 minutes of my work sample. Can I have them watch the first 5 minutes and the last 5 minutes of my film?
No. They will watch (at least) 10 consecutive minutes, which is why we ask you for the starting point.

17. I have a lot of short films; can I use two 5-minute films as one 10-minute work sample?
No. Each film is its own work sample. If your film is shorter than 10 minutes, the panel will watch the entire film.

18. Since the panel will only watch 10 minutes of my film, do I have to submit the entire film, or can I just submit 10 minutes of it?
You have to submit the entire film. The panel is only required to watch 10 minutes, but they frequently watch more than that, especially when they are trying to decided between two close candidates.

19. For submitting my work, can I use Dropbox?
No. The work must be able to play in a browser window without the panelist having to download any software. Screenplays may be uploaded as PDFs, but all other kinds of work samples must be hosted on another site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud), and then provide the link(s) in your application.

20. What about DVDs? Can I submit my work that way?
You may, but it is discouraged as it makes it more difficult for our panelists. If you have no choice but to submit work on a DVD, you must provide 4 copies. These will not be returned.

21. What should I include in my resume?
Your resume is extremely useful in determining whether you are a mid-career artist, so it should reflect your work, honors, awards and other recognition in the field, as well as give information about your education and related work; and it is extremely important to include dates with all listings. It should be clear to the panelists what your body of work looks like, when it was made, where it has been screened/broadcast/experienced, and any awards each work has won. Do not include work that is not pertinent to your career as a media artist.

22. Can I have the juror read the first ten pages and the last ten pages of my script?
No. The juror will read the first 20 pages of your script, and then decide if they feel they need to keep reading.

23. Why can I no longer tell the panel which page of my screenplay I want them to start reading from?
It has been determined that the fairest way to all screenwriters is if the juror starts on page one of every script. If they decide they want to keep reading past page 20, they will. 

24. Why are screenwriters being judged separately?
Screenwriters were judged separately from other media artists, until about 6 years ago, when some changes were made by McKnight resulting in all media artists being put into one category. Over the past 6 years we have heard from panels that it is too difficult to judge the “blueprint” for a project (i.e. a screenplay) against a finished project (e.g. a film). After several meetings with the McKnight Arts staff about how to best make sure that all artists are being judged fairly, it was decided to return to the previous format of having the screenwriters judged separately from all other media artists.

25. I’m a writer/director. May I submit a work sample of a screenplay and a finished project?
No. You must either apply as a writer, or a “non-writer.” The only way to submit a screenplay is to apply as a writer, in which case both (or all) of your work samples must be screenplays. 

26. I’m a writer/director. May I submit two applications: one for my writing and one for my directing?
No. You may only submit one application for any McKnight Artist Fellowship, so you will have to decide which medium you’d like to apply in.

27. Why do filmmakers have to now submit proof of 5 screenings instead of just 2, like in past years?
It has been determined that two screenings was too low of a bar to establish an applicant as a mid-career artist.

28. I’ve had films screen in dozens of festivals; does it help me to provide links to more than just the minimum of 5?
No. The panel does not see these links; only the program staff, and uses them to verify eligibility. However you can (and should) list those festivals on your resume. 

29. I’m submitting films for my work samples. Does each film have to have been shown in 5 film festivals?
No. You must have had a minimum of 5 screenings in 5 different film festivals/curated screenings in your career. Applicants often submit at least one project that hasn’t screened anywhere, because they’ve just finished it. Please see “Eligibility” above.

30. Why are music videos no longer allowed as work samples? 
It has been determined that Music Videos are considered work-for-hire, which makes the ineligible. The only exception is if the filmmaker also created the music, in which case the music video would be allowed as a work sample.

31. I’m one of two producers of a film. May I use that film as a work sample?
Possibly. In your Process & History document you must show that you had creative control as a producer, and that no other producer shared those duties. See above under “Process and History Statements.”

32. What does a “substantial body of work” mean?
Ideally it would mean that you had created several projects that displayed a consistent artistic excellence and merit, clarity and uniqueness of vision, and professionalism. FilmNorth recognizes that some projects by media artists take many years to complete because of their scope (for example, a documentary project where the filmmaker follows her subjects for many years). Therefore, a substantial body of work does not have to mean dozens of projects, if the work samples show that the artist required a long time to complete them because of the project’s scope.

33. I’ve received a McKnight Artist Fellowship in a previous year. Can I reapply?
You may reapply if you received a fellowship in 2014 or earlier. You are not eligible to apply if you received a McKnight fellowship in any category in 2015, 2016, or 2017. Note that if you have received a McKnight Artist Fellowship in the past, additional restrictions apply to your choice of work samples; please see FAQ 15.

34. Can I get assistance with my application?
Yes. There is an information sessions scheduled for February 7th to review guidelines and answer questions. That session will be videotaped, so you may watch it if you cannot come on February 7th. You can also email us at emueller@myfilmnorth.org with your questions or to schedule a phone appointment. If you think you’ll need help, please don’t wait until the last minute to ask for it. See also FAQ 13.

35. Can I get feedback from my application after selections are made?
Yes, you may make a phone appointment to receive feedback.

36. How can I be sure to receive information about the fellowship program next year?
Sign up for the FilmNorth email e-Flash to receive ongoing news and information about the McKnight Media Artist Fellowships.

37. I forgot my password for Submittable. What should I do?
Submittable will be able to help you with any questions like that. The FilmNorth staff does not have access to your account password.

Additional questions? Please contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.