Applications for this program are currently closed; check back in July 2020 for the next round of residencies.
Bay Area Artist Residencies
SFFILM’s FilmHouse residency program provides Bay Area-based documentary and narrative filmmakers with artistic guidance, office space, a vibrant creative community, and mentorship from established film industry professionals.
FilmHouse—which supports narrative and documentary feature films by making office space available for residencies to independent filmmakers actively engaged in various stages of film production—is located at a beautifully renovated location at 644 Broadway on the border of San Francisco’s Chinatown and Italian North Beach districts. Made possible by the generous support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and San Francisco Film Commission, FilmHouse provides critical support to local and visiting filmmakers by fostering a thriving creative community that encourages collaboration, resource sharing, peer-to-peer feedback and networking opportunities. A major component of SFFILM’s Artist Development program, FilmHouse functions as a vibrant workshop and creative hub for filmmakers of all kinds.
FilmHouse currently holds 40 filmmakers engaged in 12-month residencies, all working in early project stages of screenwriting and pre-production. In addition to 12-month residencies, throughout the year there are roughly 10–20 visiting filmmakers from other Artist Development programs that utilize the FilmHouse work space.
All residents have access to consultation from the SFFILM Makers Mentor Advisory Board, as well as to a robust guest speaker series featuring lectures and presentations by leading industry professionals, resident-led workshops and work-in-progress screenings, invitations to SFFILM networking events, and numerous other community-building programs.
SFFILM Makers Mentor Advisory Board
Nels Bangerter, Editor
Chi Do, Impact Strategist
Blye Faust, Producer
Jennie Frisbie, Manager/Producer
Steve Holmgren, Business and Legal Affairs
Jim LeBrecht, Sound Designer/Director
Carrie Lozano, Funding and Editorial Strategy
Kim Parker, Producer
Nicole Perlman, Writer
Dawn Porter, Director
Ellen Schneider, Coach and Strategist