Filmmaker Residency

April 30 – May 26, 2023

WHAT IS THIS RESIDENCY?

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 film making 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! View the FAQ below!

– HOSTED LODGING AT THE LODGE AT HOT LAKE SPRINGS 
– MINIMAL COMMITMENTS – SO YOU CAN WRITE! 
– CONNECT WITH FILMMAKERS 
– CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY 
– IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE STORY

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.

Dig In Magazine : VIDEO Interview with 2021 Residents

Some backstory and more from our 2021 Cohort! Video below.

The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs

Just like that – they came, they connected, they wrote, they enjoyed. #eoff2021 #filmmakerresidency #eoff…

Posted by Eastern Oregon Film Festival on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

This project is presented in part with support from these fine folk!

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FAQs

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/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.

When and Where is the residency?

The residency is 4 weeks long, from April 30-May 26 in Spring 2023. 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 do filmmakers receive?

  • Lodging and writing space
  • Meals
  • Local discounts
  • Relationships with fellow writer/directors attending
  • Weekend activities
  • 24 access to Hot Springs
  • Resources & Networking information for Production in Eastern Oregon

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.

What is expected of filmmakers in return?

  • Local peer mentorship
  • Weekly filmmaker dinners
  • Hopes of future production
  • Final Presentation delivered at HQ for a public audience.

Why again?

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 one’s 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 September 1, 2022 and due by Jan 21, 2022 – SUBMIT HERE
See “Application Components on FilmFreeway” for more specifics

Can I apply as a writing team?

TBD. (probably no)

Can my spouse or partner attend?

No – but they are invited to visit at some point during your stay. Each room can accommodate up to 2. 

Can I bring a pet?

TBD (probably not, due to housing logistics)

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

Yes.