Undergraduate Filmmaker Award 2019

Undergraduate Filmmaker Award 2019

The Cinema Studies Department Announces a New Undergraduate Filmmaker Award 

This award recognizes undergraduate students whose filmmaking and/or media production enhances the inclusion of marginalized identities and communities in front of and behind the camera, tells stories about issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, national/ethnic identity, and/or uses the medium to fight for social justice.

An award of up to $500 will be given to the top recipients.

Deadline Extended!  Applications due by Monday, May 13th at noon (pst).


The student who is eligible for this award meets the following criteria:

  •  Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior currently enrolled as a full or double major in the University of Oregon Department of Cinema Studies.

  • Students working in any single position and/or a variety of positions across pre-production, production, and post-production are welcome to apply. One of the goals of this award is to highlight the collaborative aspects of filmmaking and recognize the array of contributions by people working on a production.

  • Students must submit the following:

    • The online application form

    • A portfolio of 2-3 different samples of work which can include a variety of content, such as works in progress, screenplays, specific clips or scene selections that showcase your work, short films, video essays, interactive or web-based content, etc. Your portfolio should be no longer than 15 minutes. You must submit your portfolio via URL. You may use Vimeo, a personal webpage, or share a link through WeTransfer or Google Drive (compressed files should use the H.264 codec).  

      • At least one of the samples should be completed as part of a class that counts towards the Cinema Studies Major. 

    • A dossier of your portfolio content, including titles, dates, and a brief description that includes your role in the production process.

    • An artist’s statement of no more than 1000 words. This statement should provide a general introduction to you and your work (especially the examples included in your portfolio) and discuss how/why you tell stories related to issues such as race, class, gender, sexuality, national/ethnic identity and/or work to improve diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. This statement should also explain how this award will help you to continue to produce this kind of work in the future.

Submissions will be judged by a board of Cinema Studies faculty and staff members and the winner will be announced at the department’s spring commencement ceremony.