No Studios Emerging Filmmaker Fellowships

To foster a thriving filmmaking community in the Greater Milwaukee area, NŌ STUDIOS and Marquette University are launching an Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship program. This “Artist in Residence” program encourages collaboration, networking, resource sharing, peer-to-peer feedback and professional development education. 

Marquette University provides support for the fellowships through its shared office space at the NŌ STUDIOS Film Hub, production facilities, equipment and “as-needed” consultation with Diederich College of Communication faculty, including Professors Joseph Brown and Kristin Holodak and other broadcast, video engineer and editing professionals.

The Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship program will give filmmakers the resources and support specific in areas that a working filmmaker needs, including a collaborative place to work, filmmaking and editing equipment, mentorship, and a cash award.

Two emerging filmmakers will receive one of two fellowships in 2019:

  1. An open fellowship for a filmmaker working in any genre.
  2. A social justice fellowship for a filmmaker working on a Milwaukee-based social issue documentary. 

Fellowship recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary shared workspace at NŌ STUDIOS in the MU Hub Office, with access to all NŌ STUDIOS tenant resources.
  • Access to Marquette University's video editing facilities in the MU Hub Office, including iMac Pros.
  • Access to the College of Communication’s production spaces, including a TV studio, green screen room, editing facilities, sound recording spaces, etc.
  • Access to filmmaking equipment, including a professional camera (Panasonic EVA-1), professional lighting and professional sound equipment.
  • One-year complimentary NŌ STUDIOS membership.
  • Access to mentorship through Marquette University faculty and NŌ STUDIOS.
  • Support from Marquette University faculty as desired.

Fellowship recipients must deliver on the following requirements:

  • Produce a fine cut of a short film, feature film or web-based series by Spring 2020.
  • Participate in NŌ STUDIOS and Marquette University programming as an attendee or speaker if requested.
  • Give two public talks about their project at Marquette University.
  • Interact with Marquette University students and offer production-oriented internship opportunities to Marquette University students (1 student required per filmmaker, 2 encouraged).
  • Report on progress of final project to NŌ STUDIOS and Marquette University on a regular basis.
  • Hold a work-in-progress screening.
  • Offer NŌ STUDIOS “right of first refusal” to work in progress screenings or Milwaukee public premiere of new work created as a result of the fellowship.
  • Acknowledge NŌ STUDIOS and Marquette University with logo inclusion in credits of work completed as a result of the fellowship.

Applicant Criteria

All applicants must be ages 18 or older, eligible to work in the United States as of the date of application, residing in the Greater Milwaukee region (M7 counties) and intending to remain in the area through the calendar year of residency. Staff and immediate family members of Milwaukee Film, NŌ STUDIOS and Diederich College of Communication faculty and Marquette University Office of Marketing and Communication staff are ineligible to apply.

Jury Review Criteria

Applications will be vetted by staff or designates of Marquette University for eligibility and then considered by an external jury. The fellowship will run on a yearly calendar from March, 2019 – March, 2020.

The external jury will evaluate applications on the basis of the following:

  • Potential impact of the fellowship for this filmmaker as articulated in application.
  • Potential for filmmaker to produce work as a result of residency.
  • Artistic and technical merit of work sample submitted.
  • Significance of filmmaker’s commitment to growing the Milwaukee filmmaking community.
  • For Social Justice Fellowship: Potential for filmmaker to produce work related to social justice issues in line with the mission of NŌ STUIDOS and Marquette University.


  • Applications will be live on the Diederich College of Communication homepage on Jan. 22, 2019 and can be accessed through our online application
  • Submission deadline: 2/22/2019
  • Notification date: 3/15/2019
  • Fellowship start date: April, 2019


For questions related to the application and benefits of this fellowship program, contact Joseph V. Brown, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship Program Coordinator.

For media inquiries, please contact Lynn Sheka, Senior Director of University Communication.