William O’Farrell Fellowship at Northeast Historic Film in Maine, USA

Northeast Historic Film (NHF) is pleased to invite applicants for the 2016 William O’Farrell Fellowship.  The William O’Farrell Fellowship is awarded to an individual engaged in research toward a publication, production, or presentation based on moving image history and culture, particularly amateur and nontheatrical film.  It honors the continuing legacy of Canadian film archivist William O’Farrell, a long-time advocate for amateur and nontheatrical film collections.

The fellowship is designed to support a month’s study within Northeast Historic Film’s collections.  Awardees must commit a minimum of two weeks to research in residency at NHF.


·  Researchers from all academic disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

·  Applicants may be current graduate students, faculty, or staff at a college or university; archive professionals; film producers; or independent  scholars.

·  The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with appropriate visas.

·  Proposed research must be for work intended for publication, production, or presentation with significant research in the collections of Northeast Historic Film.

Selection Criteria

The William O’Farrell Fellow selection committee reviews the following:

·  The significance and interest value of the project

·  The appropriateness of the proposed research to the collections of Northeast Historic Film

·  The applicant’s experience

Available support

·  The program provides a stipend of $1,500

·  Staff support with access to NHF collection and related databases,

·  Use of film and videotape viewing facilities within NHF business hours,

·  Up to 8 hours of transfer and/or editing services, if applicable (fees waived),

·  Copyright releases for educational and research purposes, if applicable (fees waived), and

·  Office space including a computer with network and internet connections, telephone, and photocopier.

·  Housing is not provided, but NHF staff will assist the fellow in identifying lodging if needed.  (Please note, seasonal rentals are plentiful on the Maine coast, but they can be expensive.  Off-season rentals typically start at $400 – $600/week.  Summer rates are higher.  Short-term apartment rentals are difficult to find, but may be available for $600 – $1,200/month.)

How to Apply

The following materials comprise a complete application:

·  Application form (available at www.oldfilm.org)

·  Current curriculum vitae

Application materials should be emailed to Jennifer L. Jenkins, Chair, O’Farrell Fellowship Committee, jenkinsj@email.arizona.edu.   The complete application must be received no later than March 30, 2016.  The fellowship will be awarded on or before April 15, 2016.

Other Requirements

The fellowship may be assumed any time beginning May 2, 2016 and must be completed by October 31, 2016. The fellow is required to produce an 800 – 1,200 word journalistic article describing activities and findings for the NHF newsletter or blog.

The fellow is required to conduct a minimum of two weeks research on site at NHF and is expected to participate in NHF’s Summer Film Symposium in 2016 and/or 2017. (The award will include, in addition to the $1,500 fellowship, complimentary symposium registration.) More information at: http://oldfilm.org/content/william-s-ofarrell-fellowship

About Northeast Historic Film

Northeast Historic Film, an independent nonprofit organization, was founded in 1986 to preserve and make available moving images of interest to the people of northern New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts). We hold ten million feet of film in 8mm, Super 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 28mm, and 35mm and 8,000 analog and digital video recordings that do not duplicate the film holdings.

NHF is located in a 1916 cinema building with newly constructed cold storage and a study center, where the organization hosts an annual Summer Symposium and runs a community cinema.

The William O’Farrell Fellowship was established in 2009 to honor an important individual who contributed in significant ways to the history of NHF.  Bill O’Farrell (1954-2008) worked as Chief, Moving Image and Audio Conservation of the Archives of Canada.  He was a valued Advisor to NHF, providing intellectual and practical support to the archives for many years.

Further information about Northeast Historic Film’s collections can be found at www.oldfilm.org.

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