BRIClab Film + TV Residency

Residency Benefits
Who Should Apply
Stages of Production
Selection Process

The BRIClab: Film + TV residency track incubates innovative and ambitious documentary filmmakers working on short form, episodic, or feature length non-fiction films. Three residencies will be awarded to create opportunities for emerging to mid-career filmmakers.

Applications for the 2023/2024 BRIClab: Film + TV residency are now closed.

Behind the scenes of Uyra, The Rising Forest, a film by 2020/2021 BRIClab Film + TV residents Martina Sönksen, Juliana Curi, and Lívia Cheibub


Residency Benefits

  • A stipend of $2,500.
  • Up to $6,000 towards production cost (expenses must be pre-approved and documented via invoices and receipts).
  • Access to courses through BRIC’s Media Education program at no fee.
  • Access to BRIC production studios and post-production resources.
  • A mentor with industry experience relevant to your project, selected in collaboration with BRIC staff.
  • A collaborative cohort community with group critiques and access to BRIC networking events.
  • A public presentation of your work upon completion of the program.
  • Professional development workshops tailored to the cohort’s interests and needs.


Who Should Apply

You must be: 

  • An emerging to mid-career documentary filmmaker based in New York City, 18 years of age or older, with completed work samples to share. By emerging to mid-career, BRIC means  an artist at the early stages of their career with at least one professional film/project completed, not including student films.
  • Willing to present work and participate in the final screening event, in Spring 2024.
  • An individual artist and/or a creative team of two.
  • Either not employed by BRIC full-time, or a non-salaried BRIC staffer who works fewer than 500 hours/year.

We are interested in:

  • Documentary projects of all lengths (short/feature/series).
  • Thoroughly-researched, original concepts.
  • A detailed breakdown of budget and the various ways that the project will maximize the use of BRIC facilities and resources, including edit rooms and editing computers, screening room, desk space, and meeting space.
  • A specific production timeline leading up to a public screening in Spring 2024. This can be the final project or a works in progress cut.
  • Films can be in any language; if not in English, work must be subtitled.


BRIC Community Media Incubator Space: The BRIC Community Media Incubator Space is located on the second floor of 75 Rockwell Place, just steps away from BRIC House (647 Fulton Street). The Community Media Incubator features three editing suites, a podcast recording studio, and a screening room, all equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.The space is accessible by an elevator. There is an accessible restroom on the same level.

  • Accessible Modes of Transportation to 647 Fulton St.:
    • Access-a-ride  |  Uber  |  Lyft
    • Accessible Subway Stations
      • DeKalb Av B/Q/R
        • Elevator on SE corner of Dekalb Ave and Flatbush Ave.
    • Bus
      • B25, B52, B26, B38 to Fulton Street and Ashland Place
  • Application Accessibility: If you need assistance accessing any part of this application please contact
    Shirin Barghi at [email protected] or Charlie Hoxie at [email protected]
  • Click here to download the application in a PDF format.


Stages of Production

Open to projects in all stages of production, though a clear production timeline should be presented to include project completion/work- in-progress screening by spring 2024. If proposing a feature length film or episodic series, most footage should already be captured. Shorts in development are eligible, though access should be secured and a clear vision for the project articulated. Post-production should not be complete.


Selection Process

BRIClab is prioritizing applications from disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists, as part of BRIC’s ongoing commitment towards addressing systemic inequities in creative fields and industries, and as part of efforts to expand access for disabled artists, audiences, and staff. We interpret disability broadly and include neurodiversity, chronic illness, mental health disabilities, and invisible disabilities, as well as disabilities that affect mobility, sight, and hearing. No one will be asked to verify their disability in any way, and we understand disclosure can be a complicated and personal decision.

BRIClab review panels reflect BRIC’s values and artists, and will be inclusive of disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ reviewers. Panels are made up of BRIC staff, alumni artists, and active participants in relevant fields. Evaluation will be based on how the goals of the proposed projects match up with resources available; relevant work samples; and the creation of diverse and representative cohorts. Artists will receive final word from BRIC by the end of June 2023.

Congratulations to our 2022/2023 BRIClab: Film + TV residents: Andrew Nadkarni, Ash Goh Hua, and ManSee Kong! Learn more about our artists-in-residence here.

Major Support

TD Bank Group-The 2022 TD Ready Challenge awards -10 million to

Additional Support

Public Support

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

The National Endowment for the Arts

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Assemblymember Robert Carroll

State Senator Roxanne Persaud

The New York City Council

Private Funding

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Con Edison

The Doris Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation

Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation

M&T Charitable Foundation

The Robert Lehman Foundation

The Scherman Foundation

The Shubert Organization

Tiger Baron Foundation

Numerous Individuals