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The Walt Hanclosky Social Issue Production Award for Media Arts

The Walt Hanclosky Social Issue Production Award for Media Arts

To apply, fill out a form at: bit.ly/MARTaward2015

This $1000 award supports a media arts student proposal for a creative media production with the goal of social impact. It is awarded every January.

Possible Projects

Projects may use any form of the media arts: motion picture, digital imaging, audio, new media, video game, sequential art, interactive project, or performance. Projects may be in any idiom—fiction, documentary, experimental, or hybrid. The completed project can be delivered through any distribution channel—for example, film festivals, national broadcast, stage, gallery exhibition, or an interactive, social media format.

Project Timeline

Grant proposals are due at 5pm on December 15, 2015. The award winner will be announced by January 31, 2016. Projects must be completed within twelve months. The award recipient must be a student for the duration of the project. Award recipients are required to submit a progress report by May 1, 2016 and a final version of the project with final report by January 31, 2017.

Application Process
Submit the proposal form at bit.ly/MARTaward2015 by 5pm on December 15, 2015 (late or incomplete proposals will not be considered). The proposal form includes a description of the proposed project, its social issue relevance, the target audience and budget. A successful proposal will make clear how you will know when the project has had an effect on the identified issue.

Review Process

A panel of USC Media Arts faculty will review project proposals for: quality of the proposal, potential impact on the intended audience(s), and project feasibility/probability of success.

Budget Information

Award funds may be used for design, production, supplies, travel to conduct the project and/or exhibition expenses. Any equipment or software purchased remains the property of the School of Visual Art and Design, and will be available for general student use upon completion of the project.

This award is sponsored by Walt Hanclosky, Distinguished Professor of Media Arts, and the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.