Ninth Street Independent Film Center’s Media Arts Incubator Program offers access to workspace, knowledge sharing, outreach opportunities, networking events, meeting and exhibition space on an annual basis. A home for media arts for over a decade, Ninth Street makes workspaces and shared resources available to individual filmmakers through the Media Arts Incubator Program so that we may nurture groundbreaking independent media projects, sharing our unique collaboration with more of the independent film & media community.

With increased funding from the San Francisco Film Commission, Ninth Street is able to offer this annual (12-month) residency for a one-time enrollment fee of $500 to each participating filmmaker. A total of five filmmaker projects will be selected, with each resident filmmaker provided 100 sq ft of individual workspace, access to all shared spaces and 5 hours of free meeting or exhibition per month in the well-appointed Ninth Street screening room (particularly of value to filmmakers, in production and post-production).

Preference will be given to film projects that align with at least one of our in-house partnering film festivals. To ensure that projects have recognizable social, cultural, artistic value and a strong likelihood of completion the program has been integrated more fully with our in-house cultural film festivals, to increase cross-marketing and authentic collaborative opportunities such as co-sponsored film screenings and leveraging funding for filmmakers with our partner media arts organizations.

The Media Arts Incubator program will include an Advisory Committee with a representative from each Ninth Street film festival – Center for Asian American Media, Festival & Exhibitions Director, Masashi Niwano; Frameline, Director of Exhibition & Programming, Des Buford; Jewish Film Institute, Associate Programmer, Joshua Moore; San Francisco Green Film Festival, Executive Director, Rachel Caplan; and former Ninth Street Executive Director, Skye Christensen . These representatives will be part of the recruitment process, screening for filmmakers who will benefit most from connections with these diverse groups (i.e., Asian, LGBT, Jewish, as well as environmental), responsible for further leveraging film festival resources for resident filmmakers throughout the program period.

Past filmmakers participants have expressed that the program has elevated their status in the film community, lead to additional in-house and outside recognition and resources, aided in securing funding, and provided valuable peer-to-peer interaction.