RVPF: FAQ

THE 2017 RVPF APPLICATION PORTAL IS CLOSED.  FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE END OF THE SPRING 2017 SEMESTER.

Who should apply?

Eligible Alumni and Grad Thesis students who have not previously directed a feature length film, but who have a project that is close to production ready. The goal of the RVPF is to help first time directors complete their films within 18 months of receiving an award.

Can I apply next year?

The 2017 Richard Vague Production Fund will be the LAST year of expanded eligibility. If you graduated between January 2006 and December 2012 this is your last year to apply. Going forward, only those alumni who graduated in the previous five years will be eligible to apply. Thus, for the 2018 award, alumni who graduated between January 2013 and January 2018 will be eligible.

What does it mean to be a finalist?

You will be given the opportunity to pitch your film to the Chairs of the Film Departments, Assoc. Dean Michael Burke, and Richard Vague himself.

If I am awarded funds, how do I access them?

You will work very closely with the chair of your department throughout the production process. Please be aware that receiving an award does not mean you will receive the entire amount instantly. Your chair has to approve any and all use of the funds. Details for how to requests funds and document your use of them will be provided when you receive an award.

May I submit the same project multiple times during my years of eligibility?

You are eligible to apply each year of your eligibility, but cannot apply with the same project more than twice. Should you choose to submit the same project a second time, you will need to indicate that you are doing so in the section of the application marked “Previous Application History.” Failure to accurately disclose your past application history may cause your application to be disqualified.