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On Screen/In Person

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On Screen/In Person


On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.  Six films and their creators are selected for touring annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.  Organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia interested in serving as host sites for tours are selected by the Foundation through an open, competitive application process. The program is open to filmmakers from across the United States through a nationwide call for entries.  Animation, documentary, experimental and narrative works are eligible for consideration. Organizations accepted as host sites participate in the film selection process.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s (“MAAF”) On Screen/In Person program provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement

Filmmakers will be notified of the status of their submissions by email no later than June 2016. Filmmakers are responsible for notifying MAAF of any changes to their contact information after the submission of their respective films. Need to update your contact information? Email Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts, Kimberly Steinle-Super at

The filmmaker application deadline for On Screen/In Person 2016-2017 was December 16, 2015. We are unable to accept any film submissions for the 2016-2017 program year after this date. The next opportunity to apply will be for the 2017-2018 program year.

• Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with MAAF and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers.
• Six films and filmmakers are selected to tour by the appointed host sites through a competitive review process.
• Tours are scheduled during six months of the program year (September-October-November; February-March-April of the applicable program year). Each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit between five and eight host sites and tour for approximately two weeks during ONE of the months the program is active.
• Each engagement on a tour includes a public screening preceded or followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, and a community engagement collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and the local host site.

• All travel expenses are paid by MAAF.
• A $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs.
• A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.

To be eligible, filmmakers must:
• Warrant that they have the legal right to submit the film for consideration to On Screen/In Person.
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
• Be available to tour during at least four out of six months the program is active (September-October-November; February-March-April of the applicable program year). Note: Within this timeframe, selected filmmakers will only be required to tour for ONE 12-16 day period.
• If the filmmaker is residing outside of the U.S. at the time of the tour, be willing and able to pay for their own international travel expenses (the Foundation cannot cover the cost of international travel).
• Be an established or emerging professional filmmaker who is NOT a K-12 student or a matriculated student in any undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degree-granting program for filmmaking.
• Be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

To be eligible, films must:
• NOT have a confirmed theatrical distribution deal at the time of submission.
• NOT have been completed while the filmmaker was a K-12 student, or as part of any degree-granting program for filmmaking.
• Be the original work of the applicant filmmaker and the filmmaker’s production team, if applicable.
• Have been finalized after the completion date specified in the program guidelines, generally within the last three years.
• Have a total running time in any category (animation, documentary, experimental or narrative) of between 45-120 minutes OR consist of a group of short films collectively equaling the same length.

* Eligibility requirements are subject to change and will be outlined in greater detail in future program guidelines.

Interested in applying? Be the first to hear about the On Screen/In Person 2017-2018 call for film submissions and other MAAF programs by signing up for the e-newsletter here.

Questions? Contact Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts, Kimberly Steinle-Super at


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