MFA in Film program announces scholarships for emerging filmmakers

The Emerging Filmmakers Scholarship covers tuition cost for a student’s second and final year—the thesis year—of the MFA in Film two-year, low-residency program. 

VCFA created the scholarships to help filmmakers bridge the gap between refining their thesis films while earning their MFA at the same time. 

  • Each thesis-year scholarship is worth $26,500 in tuition and fees.
  • One scholarship is for students working in documentary form; the second is for students working in narrative form. 
  • Only available to new MFA in Film students enrolling for April 2017.
  • Projects that explore episodic, transmedia, and hybrid form filmmaking are encouraged.

“At VCFA, we have long supported emerging artists, including filmmakers,” said Stephen Pite, Ph.D., program director for MFA in Film. “Filmmakers can often face financial challenges while completing a thesis during their second year of earning an MFA. Through these two Emerging Filmmakers Scholarships, we hope to both support a student’s current project as well as help expand and personalize their voice as a filmmaker.”

The application deadline for the Emerging Filmmakers Scholarship is Feb. 25, 2017. Applicants must complete additional requirements in the admissions process to be considered for these scholarships. Contact Jennifer Skinder, assistant director of admissions, at or by phone at 802-828-8649. 

Visit the MFA in Film page for more information. 

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