Nevada City Film Festival Media Maker Residency, February 2-5, 2017 (Deadline to Register Extended – January 25th)

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The Nevada City Film Festival’s Media Maker Residency unites aspiring and established filmmakers, writers and media creators around the power of story. This unique four-day intensive located in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, in the historic Gold Rush-era village of Nevada City, provides a nurturing environment to spark the process of self-discovery, create connection through community building, and help bring projects to fruition. With an emphasis on experiential learning, a group of award-winning filmmakers and industry leaders facilitate workshops, writing sessions, and leadership building exercises during each day. In the evening’s attendees will be treated to special screenings and guest artist presentations, along with group dinners featuring local farm to table cuisine, craft beer and foothill vintners.


• Unique and inspiring setting
• Learn from top independent filmmakers and film industry professionals
• Meet and connect with like minded media makers, creatives and storytellers
• Projects finished by Media Maker Residents will have the opportunity to be submitted for screening at the Nevada City Film Festival

Who should attend?

The Nevada City Film Festival Media Maker residency is for storytellers, visual and digital artists looking to enhance connections with their own creative process, as well as with others working in diverse but related fields.

The Facilitators

Dewey Schott

Mr. Schott has been a coach for 16 years working with artists, teachers, activists, non-profit leaders, journalists, spiritual leaders, social entrepreneurs, and other diverse people who are united in their commitment to transformational social change.  For 14 years he was the Senior Manager of Leadership Services at NAMAC (National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture), a national nonprofit arts service organization, where he provided leadership and capacity building services to hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the country.

Karin Chien

Ms. Chien is a four-time Independent Spirit Award nominee and the recipient of the 2010 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award, given to “producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality independent films.” Her films have won over 75 film festival awards, premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and secured distribution in over 40 international territories. Ms. Chien has taught independent film producing workshops and classes at School of Visual Arts, New York University, Temple University, Film Independent’s Producing Lab, University of Hawaii Pacific New Media Center and through ZuZu Films in Los Angeles. She has has advised/consulted for the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, IFP/New York, Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach, ITVS/PBS, Rockefeller Foundation, Open Society, and the Flaherty Seminar.

Jenni Matz

Ms. Matz is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked in documentary television production for over 15 years as a Producer, Editor and Researcher.  She currently is the Senior Producer/Archivist for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s oral history interview collection where she is responsible for overseeing digitization and creating an online digital access tool for the 800+ interview collection.  Ms. Matz is finishing up her law degree and preparing to take the California State Bar exam.

Doug Bertran

Mr. Bertran is an award-wining filmmaker who has produced media for National Geographic Television & Film, National Geographic Channels, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS Nature, PBS Nova, BBC, and more.  Mr. Bertran’s work focuses on media production in science, travel, and natural history.  He specializes in stories that are character driven with smart content, combined with amazing and beautiful images, for international audiences.

Special Guests (keep checking back, we are adding to this daily)

Anne Moore, Producer, is best known for her work on the documentary films Fahrenheit 9/11(2004), Sicko (2007) and Capitalism: A Love Story (2009).

Curtis Grout, Editor, has worked on such TV Series as 30 for 30 Shorts and Our America with Lisa Ling, as well as premiered 3 short films at Sundance.

Louise Lovegrove, is an award-winning producer and production manager who has worked on more than two dozen films including I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore (2017), The End of the Tour (2015), and Girl Rising (2013), among others.  Hailing from England, Ms. Lovegrove graduated from the University of Manchester, received her Masters in Film Producing from the University of London, and has taught at London’s New York Film Academy.

About NCFF

Since 2001, the Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF) has brought top independent cinema to the beautiful gold rush era town of Nevada City, CA. NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. The festival was also recently named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world worth the submission fee for filmmakers.


$1595** includes 3-nights lodging at the Outside Inn, and 4 days of meals including continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and daily snacks. Does not include transportation to/from or during the residency.

**If you are a Nevada County resident please contact us for local pricing.


Outside Inn, 575 East Broad Street, Nevada City
Located in downtown Nevada City, this quaint, family-run motel is walking distance to shops and restaurants, 7 miles from South Yuba River State Park and 15 miles from Tahoe National Forest.

Charming, nature-themed rooms are individually decorated and have hardwood floors. All feature mini-fridges and coffeemakers, plus TVs and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms and 1-bedroom suites have kitchenettes.

Amenities include a free vegetable cart, a seasonal outdoor pool, a picnic area with BBQs, and a patio with a fire pit.

Residency Location

Nevada City Film Festival HQ
110 Union Street, Nevada City

Our 1,500 square foot facility is located in the heart of Nevada City. You’ll find the space bright and welcoming, updated with new amenities and high speed internet.


No refunds will be given after February 1, 2017.

More information

For more information contact Jesse Locks, NCFF Festival Director at or (916) 548-7716.