On the left there is an older male dressed up like a businessman behind a horizontal stick of fire. On the right there is a cameraman who is behind the camera with a man in a red jacket to the right of him.

Still from director Joel Fendelman’s Man on Fire.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program is designed to bring independent film and communities together by match-making American filmmakers with presenters fromacross the mid-Atlantic region.

Selected filmmakers receive touring funds for travel, a $400 stipend for each engagement, and countless opportunities to connect with new audiences. Animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, and collections of short films on any subject are accepted for consideration.

For more information about On Screen/In Person, including the current grantees and host sites, please click through the tabs above.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Information for Filmmakers

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2019-2020 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED – Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2019-2020 application will be notified of selection decisions by email no later than June 2019.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Next Opportunity to Apply

Applications and guidelines for the 2020-2021 program year will be available in September 2020.

How it Works

  • Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with MAAF and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers
  • Six films and filmmakers are selected to tour by the appointed host sites through a competitive review process
  • Tours are scheduled during six months of the program year (September-October-November; February-March-April). Depending on the final tour configuration, each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit and screen their film at five-to-ten host sites.
  • Each engagement on a tour includes a public screening preceded or followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, and a community engagement activity or event collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and the local host site

What Filmmakers Receive

  • All travel expenses are paid by MAAF
  • A $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs
  • A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement

Who is Eligible*

To be eligible, filmmakers must:

  • NOT be enrolled as a K-12 student, or a matriculated student in any degree-granting program at the time of application or during the months the program is active (September-October-November; February-March-April)
  • Warrant that they have the legal right to submit the film for consideration to On Screen/In Person
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be available to tour during at least four out of six months the program is active (September-October-November; February-March-April). Note: Within this timeframe, selected filmmakers will only be required to complete ONE 14-21 day tour.
  • If the filmmaker is residing outside of the U.S. at the time of the tour, be willing and able to pay for their own international travel expenses (MAAF cannot cover the cost of international travel)
  • Be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents

Film Eligibility*

To be eligible, films must:

  • NOT have a confirmed theatrical distribution deal at the time of submission that in any way limits the use of the film for the program
  • NOT have been completed while the filmmaker was a K-12 student, or as part of any degree-granting program
  • Be the original work of the applicant filmmaker and the filmmaker’s production team, if applicable
  • Be completed works. No works-in-progress will be considered. To be considered “complete” for the purposes of this program, the film must be either exhibition-ready or in the final stages of post-production and picture locked at the time of submission.
  • Have a total run time of 45-120 minutes OR consist of a group of short films with a collective run time of 35-100 minutes
  • Have been finalized after the completion date specified in the program guidelines, generally within the last three years for feature length films. For short films, the required date of completion is generally within the last eight years, with at least one of the films having been completed in the last ten years.

*Eligibility requirements are subject to change and will be outlined in greater detail in future program guidelines. 

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2019-2020 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter (link opens in a new window) and opting in for electronic announcements.

Other questions about the program should be directed to Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts, Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Current Tours


Break the Chain
Director Laura E. Swanson

Break the Chain captures the first-hand accounts of Debbie and Kwami, two survivors of child sex and labor trafficking, to provide a startling look at how this overly sensationalized issue is, in reality, hiding in plain sight.  Accompanied by interviews with those actively working to raise awareness and create creative solutions to combat this global problem, the film helps us learn that we have the power to change lives by choosing how we consume our information, and what we support.


Holden On
Director Tamlin Hall

Holden Layfield is a 17-year-old junior and it’s homecoming week in his small Georgia town. The popular, athletic teen is already fielding early scholarships. But Holden has a secret. Over the next two years, Holden fights to keep his mental illness hidden as he morphs from a beloved, small town football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, filmmaker Tamlin Hall weaves audiences through Holden’s harrowing tale in this narrative film set in the early 1990s.


Director Pamela Tom

Tyrus is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about Guangzhou-born, American artist, Tyrus Wong, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America. Weaving together images of his work, archival footage, interviews, and commentary from the artist himself, the film captures how Wong’s unique style helped shape the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942), and established a signature style of animation in early Hollywood.


Man on Fire
Director Joel Fendelman

Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past. Man on Fire untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.

MARCH 2019

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave and NextStepRun!
Director Pam Maus

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave is the story of filmmaker, Pam Maus, told through the voices of others who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement.  Landmark legislation of 1960’s outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.

NextStepRun! follows four women from different locations, backgrounds, and political affiliations running for elective office in their local House districts during the 2014 midterm elections. Regardless of their differences, they all have one thing in common: to bring integrity to the legislative process through consensus, collaboration, and inclusion.

APRIL 2019

Director Daresha Kyi

A thought-provoking look at the life of Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas, CHAVELA weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, perform, and dream to her own unique beat. Centered around exclusive, never-before-seen interview footage of Vargas shot in 1991 and guided by the artist’s voice, CHAVELA explores the myths and tales others have told about her and those she spread about herself.

Host Sites

Host sites for the 2018-2019 On Screen/In Person film series are as follows:

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Appell Center for the Performing Arts, York, PA
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Queen Theater, Wilmington, DE
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, PA
Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, VA

Please contact the venues directly for dates, times and locations of film screenings, and other program activities in their respective communities.



Break the Chain
Director Laura E. Swanson

A young blonde woman looks seriously into the camera.

Credit – McShane Photography

Laura E. Swanson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, professional speaker, sexual assault survivor/advocate, and human rights activist currently residing in Michigan. Her work is heavily rooted in building awareness for important, yet misrepresented, issues of social justice using a non-sensationalized and victim-centered artistic approach. Swanson’s entrance into the film world began in 2014 after working several years in a sexual and domestic violence crisis clinic – helping survivors receive support and resources while also healing from her own experiences with rape and relationship violence. Feeling empowered and inspired by the hundreds of people she encountered, she attempted her first documentary film about sexual assault in 2014 in which she appeared alongside 17 other male and female survivors.

After receiving a national grant from the Robin McGraw Foundation and appearing on a special segment of the Dr. Phil show, she was able to tour the Midwest with the film in 2015 to research how various colleges were addressing the sexual assault epidemic.

Since then, Swanson has found her passion in creating documentary films that not only empower her survivor subjects, but encourage greater understanding and empathy among audiences. Break the Chain is her second feature-length documentary film about survivors of sex and labor trafficking and has been independently produced with the help of Michigan-based task force agencies, law enforcement, shelter homes, and non-profit organizations.


Holden On
Director Tamlin Hall

Closeup of filmmaker looking into the camera and smiling.

Credit – Barbara Beneville Photography

Tamlin Hall is an award winning writer, filmmaker and founder of IAMHOLDENON, a progressive grassroots 501(c)(3) that uses interdisciplinary arts, education and humanities to absolve mental health “othering” and prevent teen suicide.

A recipient of the prestigious Humanitas Prize for television writing, Hall received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. After graduating, Hall went on to make his directorial debut, Holden On, a true story social impact teen drama about Hall’s childhood friend, Holden Layfield. The film won numerous awards around the country and was nominated by the Georgia Film Critics Association for the Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema.

Hall is a 2018 Georgia General Assembly honoree for his work in Advocacy and the Arts. He currently serves on the Dramatic Writing Academic Review Committee for the Georgia Department of Education and has recently been attached to co-write a film adaptation of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called “It”, for the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated production company, FOR GOOD.


Director Pamela Tom

A woman with curly hair stands in front of a red door. She is wearing a necklace with a red stone and smiling into the camera.

Credit – Ildiko Laszlo

Pamela Tom is a writer, director and producer whose work includes documentary and narrative film and television. Tom’s feature debut, Tyrus, premiered at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival and had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s American Masters. The film has won nine awards, including best director at the Cinetopia Int’l Film Festival. Tom’s award-winning narrative short film, Two Lies, tells the story of a divorced Chinese woman who has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder. Exploring issues of identity, beauty and intergenerational conflict, it screened at hundreds of film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, the Smithsonian Institution, and aired on numerous PBS stations. In 2017, she directed Sir Sidney Poitier, a one-hour documentary commemorating Poitier’s 90th birthday, which aired on Bahamas national television.

Tom also served as a production executive at KCET where she was a post-producer on the BBC/PBS national series WW2: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis, and the West and producer on Wired Science; the field producer on Becoming the Buddha in Los Angeles, a PBS pilot for a series on religion in America; and the Senior Associate Producer on the ABC documentary special, The Story of Mothers and Daughters.

She is currently in post-production on Through Their Own Eyes, a one-hour documentary that tells the story of four foster youth living in Los Angeles. The film will premiere on PBS in the fall/winter of 2018.


Man on Fire
Director Joel Fendelman

Man wearing a hat and a sweatshirt looks off into a distance under a tent.

Credit – Alec Ploof

With roots in Miami, Austin, and New York City, Joel Fendelman has written, produced and directed a number of award-winning narrative and documentary films. Fendelman strives to embrace socially conscious stories that deal with religion, social class, minorities and communicates the underlying connection between us all.

In 2011, Fendelman completed his first dramatic narrative feature, David, a coming of age story about identity and friendship between a Muslim and a Jewish boy in the ethnic neighborhoods of south Brooklyn. The film screened at the Rome and Montreal World Film Festival, which awarded the film its prestigious Ecumenical Prize, and at many other venues around the globe. His second narrative feature film, Remittance, which follows the story of a Filipino mother who travels to Singapore to work as a maid in order to bring a better life to her family back home, won many festival awards including Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Brooklyn Film Festival and is currently being distributed worldwide. Last year, Fendelman’s short film Game Night, a film about aging and unfulfilled dreams, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Super Short at the Savannah Film Festival. Man on Fire is Fendelman’s third feature film.

MARCH 2019

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave and NextStepRun!
Director Pam Maus

An older woman in sunglasses wearing an "I voted" sticker gives a thumbs up to the camera.

Courtesy of the Filmmaker

It wasn’t until Pam Maus started making films that she realized she had always been in the business of storytelling. Filmmaking started for Maus in 2009 with the opportunity to work with an independent filmmaker to complete her three films projects. She discovered documentary film as a way to bring her voice and passion to breaking down barriers to social justice for women and other marginalized groups.

After growing up in Arkansas, she moved to Maine from Boston where she earned a Master’s degree in Organizational and Career Development from Northeastern University. She put her skills to work at Polaroid, where she found a team of colleagues invested in making storytelling instantly accessible.

Maus’ additional life and career pursuits took her throughout the U.S. and Europe, and included stints at the Harvard Business School, as a private chef in the South of France, owner of a bed and breakfast on the coast of Maine, and a political campaigner where she worked to complete the unfinished business of gender equality.

APRIL 2019

Director Daresha Kyi

Close up of filmmaker Daresha Kyi looking seriously into the camera

Credit – Naylor Mitchell

Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. After graduating with a degree in Film & TV from New York University, she wrote, directed, and co-starred with Isaiah Washington in his screen debut in the award winning short, Land Where My Fathers Died. In 2011, Kyi was Executive Producer of Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery’s short comedy, Thugs The Musical starring Margaret Cho and David Alan Grier. In 2016, she produced a satirical take off on The Wiz called The Whizz, starring an all white cast (almost) for Fusion Comedy and the web series, How Not to Pick Up Asian Women with Kristina Wong.

In 2017, Kyi, together with Catherine Gund, co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Chavela, which won the 2nd place Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, Audience Awards at ten national and international festivals, as well as Jury Awards for Best Documentary at four festivals including Outfest. Kyi also co-produced Dispatches from Cleveland for Aubin Pictures in 2017.

Kyi has produced television for FX, WE, AMC, Oxygen, E!, Telemundo, Bravo, and FUSE, among others and is a fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab.

 Manage Your Grant


Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Filmmakers are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net. Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

Use the below form for submission of any eligible travel expense reimbursement requests related to your participation in the On Screen/In Person tour. Please see your Grant Award Agreement for eligible expenses

Filmmaker On Screen/In Person Travel Reimbursement Form

For questions about the final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656