Eastern Oregon Filmmaker Residency

APRIL 30 – MAY 27, 2021

BASED IN LA GRANDE • GRANDE RONDE VALLEY • EASTERN OREGON

APPLY JANUARY 17- FEB 21

A month-long program for writers/directors to get designated time and space to work on feature-length screenplays. The goal of this 4-week program is for artists to walk away with a draft that has the potential
to be produced in Oregon in the coming years, and for attendees to learn about resources and opportunities available to them for filmmaking in this region. Most importantly, this is a dedicated and focused time for writers to produce work in whatever form they see fit. Unlike most artist residencies, this is specifically geared toward filmmakers!

  • HOSTED LODGING / MEALS ON US
  • MINIMAL COMMITTMENTS – SO YOU CAN WRITE!
  • CONNECT WITH FILMMAKERS
  • CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY
  • EMERSE YOURSELF IN THE STORY

ZOOM Informational Sessions

Thank you to all who attended these sessions. We will work to get a edited version up for reference. You are beautiful.



Why Eastern Oregon?

Residencies are a sacred time and space where creatives have a sole mission: write and develop their ideas! It’s a step away from inevitable commitments and distractions in life at home, and an added purpose of creation that can be difficult to conjure when left to ones own devices. A successful residency combines ample solo time for deep work with a surrounding community of fellow artists to share goals and missions
with. The EOFF Residency is unique in that it is specifically targeted toward filmmakers.

Application will open January 17th 2021. Available via FilmFreeway.com. A link to the application and FAQ about the program will be listed below shortly.

Application Requirements

Filmmaker must submit the following along with the general application information required by FilmFreeway’s application portal.

  • 1 page Resume / CV in PDF format featuring relevant projects and work experience (No previous residency experience is required)

Written prompt  (500-1000 words)

You’re a filmmaker. Tell us about your creative pursuit so far and what has brought you to this stage? This residency is geared toward independent working filmmakers looking for focused writing time on a feature length (or equivalent scale) project. Based on your future aspirations, how would you benefit from this focused time and come away with what you want to write by the end of the residency?

Project pitch (500-1000 words)

If given the opportunity to attend the EOFF Residency, please share a project you would want to write and develop in this allotted time and space (500-1000 words)

For this project, please share ways the project could be produced within the Eastern Oregon vicinity.

Note: if you’re not familiar with the area, specific locations are not required. In general terms, this question is about ways you’d utilize a small town in a rural environment to tell your story and ultimately produce it. 

10 page writing sample in screenplay format

  • Must be in correct screenplay format. Can be samples from multiple projects, but the total page count (not including title pages or context) may not exceed 10 pages.
  • Optional: you may include 1-2 sentence context outside of the screenplay pages for this section to help inform where these pages come from. That said, the hope is to share material that highlights your writing craft, and even if it’s a sample from a feature, can be read with minimal context.

Sample of directing work (10 mins max including title cards)
No Reels, completed sequences from finished projects only.
Please include a simple title card at the beginning with 

  • your name
  • what the project you are sharing is
  • your role(s) on this project

You may include up to three samples from multiple projects. Works in Progress are ok. For each project, include a simple title card with what it is and your role. YouTube or Vimeo Link.

Intro Video (30secs – 2 mins) A simple video (between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, selfie video using your phone or computer is great – no need for any editing) sharing why you would be enthusiastic about being a part of the inaugural EOFF Filmmaker Residency. YouTube or Vimeo Link.

FAQ

What is a residency?
Artist residencies are a dedicated time and space, traditionally away from the normal hustle and bustle of life’s routines, for creative minds to pursue their own projects free from distraction. 

The EOFF Residency is uniquely targeted toward writers, directors and filmmakers with ample time to pursue screenwriting and development of their projects in any capacity, with particular interest in feature length screenplays.

Who should apply?

The residency is specifically interested in emerging, independent screenwriters and directors who have interest in producing a feature-length project in the coming years. Applicants are not required to have already directed a feature film prior to applying – the residency is an opportunity to take major steps toward achieving this goal. In the application materials, a passion for pursuing filmmaking and tangible examples of this journey should be apparent, in the form of finished work, screenwriting pages, and supporting materials.

In the spirit of the EOFF, applicants should be individuals with a strong drive to not only be writing, but also have directing and producing their projects in mind. Applicants who write/produce/direct are strongly encouraged.

* The residency is open to ALL humans in our local star system. There is, however, and finite travel stipend budget – International & Extra-terrestrial applicants may need to plan for travel to and from Oregon.

When and Where is the residency?

The residency is 4 weeks long, from April 30-May 27 in Spring 2021. Residents are hosted in La Grande, Oregon, located in the Northeast corner of the state. La Grande is a quiet, picturesque town with a budding local film community, and the host of the annual EOFF in October.

What benefits to filmmakers receive?

  • Lodging and writing space
  • Travel costs
  • Meals
  • Cash stipend
  • Local discounts
  • Relationships with fellow writer/directors attending
  • Weekend activities
  • Invitation to EOFF as an alumni
  • Filmmakers are invited to return to La Grande to speak on a panel about their experience at the residency and attend EOFF for free with a filmmaker all-access pass.
  • Guest programming at the Liberty Theatre (subject to its operational timeline)

What happens to my work after I am done?

Residents are given extensive information and access to EOFF production resources, and will work with the festival team and local community to translate their screenplay pages into locally produced films! Within the coming months after the residency is complete, filmmakers will continue this collaboration and work toward a long-term goal of production. Specific components of this will continue to expand with our inaugural residency program.

What is expected of filmmakers in return?

  • Local peer mentorship
  • Weekly filmmaker dinners
  • Hopes of future production
  • Final Presentation for EOU

Why?

Residencies are a sacred time and space where creatives have a sole mission: write and develop their ideas! It’s a step away from inevitable commitments and distractions in life at home, and an added purpose of creation that can be difficult to conjure when left to ones own devices. A successful residency combines ample solo time for deep work with a surrounding community of fellow artists to share goals and missions with. The EOFF Residency is unique in that it is specifically targeted toward filmmakers. 

How do I apply?

Applications will be conducted via FilmFreeway, opening January 17 and due by February 21, 2021

Can I apply as a writing team?

No.

Can my spouse or partner attend?

Not under the guise of the program, but they are more than welcome to visit La Grande during your stay.

Can I bring a pet?

No.

If I’m not accepted may I apply again in the future?

Yes!


COVID-19 policy: This will be updated as we move towards the in person times. Currently Union County, Oregon is under Moderate Risk classification by the State. Learn more here about state guidelines and updates for Oregon. Union County and La Grande resources can be found at lagrande.life

Updates and revisions to these FAQ may be made at any time as the program evolves.