Film Producer & Distributor

Filmmaker Residency

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The Nevada City Film Festival Filmmaker Residency is borne out of the fun, nurturing and artist-friendly values of the Nevada City Film Festival. We aim to provide nourishment and inspiration to a diverse range of independent writers, directors and producers amidst the beauty and quiet of Nevada City and Grass Valley along with further enriching the area’s artistic offerings and its world-class creative community with the active presence of these filmmakers. The residency will focus on bringing filmmakers from communities with historic ties to Nevada City, placing special emphasis on engaging Native and Asian American filmmakers, to participate in crosscultural exchange with Nevada County residents.

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Two filmmakers will be selected to spend 4-8 weeks in Nevada City between the months of August – October 2018. The goal is to support their creative work and artistic growth in new, inspiring environs, while also creating a space and a foundation for dialogue, exchange and potential artistic collaboration.

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About Nevada City and Grass Valley...

Located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, surrounded by the Tahoe National Forest and the wild and scenic Yuba River, are the beautifully preserved historic towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley.

Steeped in history and with the most famous gold-mining district in California, Nevada City and Grass Valley experienced a “cultural revolution” that has reshaped the local economy and continues to influence the statewide arts scene. Starting in the ’60s, Beat Generation and deep ecology poet Gary Snyder, singer Utah Phillips, and a host of authors and musicians settled here. Now, for more than 50 high-tech companies – including a virtual and augmented reality hub – creativity occurs in peaceful, natural environments far from major urban centers.

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Between them, Nevada City and Grass Valley are home to the Nevada Theatre, the oldest theater in California, and more than 100 arts-related organizations producing upwards of 1,000 events a year, scores of annual festivals, street fairs, art walks and studio tours, and a generous base ofartists and makers. As well as for its arts, the district is known for its expanding vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms, and a trail network of outstanding natural beauty. The Nisenan lived in the region for thousands of years as part of a perfectly balanced ecosystem, thriving on the Yuba, Bear, and American river watersheds – and, over time, their sacred places are being rediscovered and cherished.


Applicants will be selected based on a written application, which will include the filmmakers ideas on community engagement, samples of past work or works in progress, and a personal interview.

Interested filmmakers, institutions and organizations are invited to contact Residency Director, Karin Chien at