Program Fee: $4,800 and accommodation - monthly rent is $1000 (breaks down to $920 rent plus $80/month electricity, heating, gas, water and high speed internet as well as bi-monthly cleaning). A deposit of $1500 required at time of contract to be refunded within 30 days of moving out by check or bank wire transfer.
All application must be submitted online. To be considered complete, applications require two media samples, two letters of recommendation, and an application fee of $25 paid through PayPal. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure receipt of all materials. Strong applicants will be scheduled for interviews following the deadlines.
The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 10 month program for a select group of media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists.
CoLAB represents a new and alternative model of fellowship, collaborative production and professional development. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections. The group of twelve emerging artists and filmmakers chosen to participate each year is international. UnionDocs offers residency and visa support for six participants coming from around the world with an equal number of spots reserved for local, non-resident participants. CoLAB is designed to be affordable and, although participants are asked to make it their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work.
The CoLAB is split between residents and non-residents. Five resident participants live in the apartments at 322 Union Avenue, while non-resident participants set up their housing independently or already live in NYC.
UnionDocs is located at 322 Union Ave in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The first floor is a commercial space run by the UnionDocs staff. It includes the gallery/screening room, a tech booth, a professional editing suite, 2 small offices, access to a large backyard garden, and access to the basement which has been sound-proofed and has an DIY isolation booth for recording interview, voiceover or even bands. Resources on the first floor are available to UDC participants within the schedule of the spaces other operations.
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