On Screen/In Person
Launched in 2011, On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia interested in serving as host sites are selected by the Foundation on an annual basis through an open, competitive application process. Host sites participate in film selection and each receives six films a year for screening in their communities over two three-month intervals (September-October-November; February-March-April). Visiting filmmakers work with host sites to develop their participation in community activities that provide context and greater appreciation for their respective work and the art of film. Films, including animation, documentaries, experimental and narrative work, are submitted for consideration for the program through an annual nationwide open call for entries.
> Facilitates the nationwide submission of independent films;
> Selects organizations each year to serve as host sites through a competitive application process;
> Coordinates the preliminary and final selection of films with host sites;
> Provides each host site with six films on projection-quality DVDs for public screenings;
> Contracts with filmmakers for film screenings and community engagement activities;
> Provides a grant of $2,400 to each host site for filmmaker honoraria ($400 per filmmaker);
> Coordinates travel and covers all travel-related expenses for touring filmmakers;
> Provides logistical support to filmmakers;
> Provides a per diem to filmmakers for lodging and meals;
> Provides host sites with downloadable electronic promotional materials; and
> Maintains and manages the On Screen/In Person blog.
> Identify a representative(s) to participate in the preliminary film selection process;
> Develop a process for their preliminary review of submitted films;
> Send a representative at its own cost to the final film selection meeting held in Baltimore, Maryland;
> Coordinate screenings and choice of community activity with each of six visiting filmmakers selected to visit their respective sites;
> Arrange local accommodations for each visiting filmmaker (accommodations paid by filmmaker through per diem provided by Foundation);
> Provide an honorarium of $400 to each of six touring filmmakers through a grant from the Foundation;
> Provide qualified projectionist and well-maintained, functional projection equipment;
> Market and promote the film series in their community; and
> Pay a program participation fee of $5,000.
> Commit to a 12-14 day travel schedule during which they will visit each participating host site for one-to-two day periods;
> Coordinate with the Foundation and the Foundation's travel agency to plan tour travel schedule;
> Provide high-resolution still photos from selected film and head-shot, filmmaker biography, and link to film trailer;
> Present screenings of their work at each host site;
> Engage audiences in a post-screening discussion;
> Participate in community engagement activities developed in consultation with each host site; and
> Document their experiences on the On Screen/In Person blog after each screening.
On Screen/In Person is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.
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