RVPF: FAQ

Please sign up for RVPF updates here. At this time, we do not have a date for the relaunch of the award. We will update the website and contact anyone on the email list when the application is ready to launch.

Who is eligible to apply for the Award?

  • Alumni of the Graduate & Undergraduate film programs who graduated within a particular time frame to be named at the time of the award relaunch.
  • Current Graduate Thesis students. For the purposes of this award, we consider "Grad Thesis Students" to be anyone who has completed their first two years of course work with the university (matriculated). If you are currently on a leave of absence, you are not eligible.

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 24 months of receiving an award.

*For the purposes of this award, we consider "Grad Thesis Students" to be anyone who has completed their first two years of course work and is working on their Thesis film. You must be in good standing with the university (matriculated). If you are currently on a leave of absence, you are not eligible.

Can I apply next year?

At this time, we do not have a date for when the award will next be open to applications. We will provide eligibility information if and when the award relaunches. 

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.

Can Graduate Thesis students apply?

Yes. For the purposes of this award, we consider "Grad Thesis Students" to be anyone who has completed their first two years of course work and is working on their Thesis film. You must be in good standing with the university (matriculated). If you are currently on a leave of absence, you are not eligible.

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.

I was awarded Vague (or Columbus/Vague) funds a number of years ago and I am now interested in using the funds for a different project. Would that be possible?

The Richard Vague Production Fund and its predecessor, the Columbus/Vague Award, are awarded to first time feature directors for specific projects, following a rigorous application process in which the directors pitch a specific project to Mr. Vague and the committee. Awards are intended explicitly for the projects awarded and are not simply awards provided to directors for general use. As a result, the award funds are not transferable to new projects.