Armed With a Camera


In its fourteenth season, the Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists nurtures the next generation of Asian Pacific American media artists to capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life. Visual Communications works with the Fellows for seven months and provides special training, mentoring and networking opportunities, access to facilities and equipment, plus a cash stipend to create four to five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.

Visual Communications (VC) seeks to cultivate a new generation of Asian Pacific American media artists committed to preserving the legacy and vision of VC. The Armed With a Camera Fellowship will award up to ten fellows a cash stipend to complete a four to five-minute digital video. Through the Armed With a Camera Fellowship, emerging media artists will capture their world, surroundings and outlook on life as a part of a new generation of Asian Pacific Americans.

A special program will showcase all completed projects at various VC exhibitions across the city of Los Angeles, including the 2016 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide. VC will co-own the productions and will also package and distribute completed works. Distribution income will aid in the continuation of the Armed with a Camera Fellowship.

See a list of past AWC alumni and select video works.


Submissions for the 2015-2016 Armed With A Camera Fellowship are now open. Deadline for submissions for the 2016 cycle is October 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM PDT.

Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants must be of Asian Pacific descent and residents of Southern California. If accepted, Fellows must be able to attend mandatory meetings and workshops in Los Angeles. Women, South Asian and Southeast Asian filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply to the AWC Fellowship. If you’re not sure of your eligibility, please contact Visual Communications.  

Project Criteria
All projects must conform to the following guidelines:
•    Final piece must be a new, original work
•    Final piece must be shot in digital video format
•    Total length of final piece must be four to five minutes
•    If budget for each project exceeds $2,000, you must show/explain other sources of funding
•    Animation, documentary and experimental pieces are encouraged.

Fellowship Selection Process
Up to ten artists will be selected based on their demonstrated commitment to the arts, production and exhibition experience, and the quality of their sample work. Consideration will be given to communities that have been underserved and underrepresented in the media arts. A review panel composed of community members, media artists, and curators will judge the work based on artistic innovation, feasibility within the timeline, and budget of their proposed projects. Applicants will be contacted by the first week of November 2015. 
How to Apply
Please send the following:
•    Information Cover Sheet (Click Here to download)
•    Letter of intent, one page maximum, on how you think you can benefit from the AWC Fellowship
•    Resume and digital headshot (300 dpi, 5x7)
•    Project Treatment (2 page maximum)
•    Project Timeline (All projects must begin in November 2015 and must be completed by March 11, 2016)
•    Budget (if proposed budget exceeds $2,000, you must show/explain other sources of funding; budget items may include artist stipend, equipment, supplies, location fee, food, etc.)
•    Sample work no longer than five minutes; online link is acceptable
Email to:
Mail to:

Visual Communications, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Basement Level, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Attn: Milton Liu/AWC
Founded in 1970, Visual Communications is the first Asian Pacific media arts center in the nation. The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.

The Armed With a Camera Fellowship is supported by grants from the James Irvine Foundation and Los Angeles County Arts Commission; funds to support the 2014-2015 cycle were generously provided by supporters of our 2014 AWC Indiegogo campaign. Click here to see our 2014 supporters! To continue to contribute to AWC, please click HERE. Or you may send a check made out to 'Visual Communications' with 'AWC' in the reference section. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Again, thank you all for your continued support of this great program!


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