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Independent filmmakers & media artists: apply now!


Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Helen Hill Award.

Deadline: September 4, 2015

To honor the legacy of Helen Hill (1970-2007) -- beloved filmmaker, animator, educator, activist, and native of Columbia, South Carolina -- the award supports independent filmmakers of exceptional talent. Recipients are funded to participate in the four-day biennial symposium.

The Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Virginia, joins with NYU Tisch School of the Arts to host the 10th Orphan Film Symposium, April 6-9, 2016. There the recipient will screen work for an eclectic audience of media artists, archivists, scholars, curators, collectors, distributors, and others devoted to neglected moving images.

Jurors will select filmmakers whose work affirms Helen Hill's artistic legacy, lived values, and everyday passions. That list includes such things as creativity, self-expression, animation, documentary, small-gauge film, homemade movies (and all things made by hand), generosity, liberal spirituality, activism, love, play, community, and connection.


To apply, e-mail a PDF file to Laura Kissel.

Include:

  • an artist statement (150 words or less);
  • filmography (noting awards and exhibitions);
  • a link to sample works viewable online.

  • Indicate HELEN HILL AWARD APPLICATION in the subject line.

    DEADLINE: September 4, 2015

    Questions about the award? Write to Prof. Laura Kissel (USC Film and Media Studies)



  • USC Film & Media Studies
  • Helen Hill Media Education Center
  • HelenHill.org