20 / 20 / 20 Film Program: Guidelines

From Manhattan to Southampton, from January 29 through July 27, 2014


Rolling admissions: Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.



Maximum estimated for in-state students is $7500. Out of state students, maximum estimated cost is $10,000. (for complete cost breakdown, please contact magdalene.brandeis@stonybrook.edu.

Statement of Purpose. Describe in a page or two why you are interested in this opportunity, how you would benefit, and what makes you a particularly deserving candidate.

Video Pitch. This is the heart of your application. From a brief logline to a maximum of 3 minutes, pitch to us the short film, documentary, webisode (or other) you’d like to make. The story you pitch should have a cast of one to three principal characters, be set within the past 10 years, and use available Southampton Arts locations — rolling lawns, modern library, classrooms, offices, dorms, ancient windmill, black box sound stage, beaches, night/day. For documentary applicants, make a case for how a scene of your project can be imaginatively realized in this area. (For example, a documentary on a world class arts conference…) In other words, adapt your vision to take into account the realities of place, time, and resources.

Information about the Hamptons area can be found on the web. Photos of campus: http://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/. The pitch should be imaginative and clever, and we welcome pitches inclusive of your beginning, middle, and end. In any case, your pitch should demonstrate your ability to realize your vision.

Supporting Materials. Show us your visual storytelling skills. Submit one of the following to support your pitch:

• Script (7-12 pages)
• Story board (up to 60 frames)
• A series of photos that tell a story
• Treatment (max 2 pages)

Portfolio. A sample of artistic efforts you’ve made in the past. If you’ve already made one, send us a short film if you have made one, or other original work that demonstrates competence in the visual arts or writing. The film should be a maximum of 5 minutes; a visual portfolio should be a maximum of 10 slides/prints; a manuscript should be a maximum of 10 pages.

Résumé. Summarize your professional experience.

Letter of support. Optional, but if you are an unusual candidate—e.g., a retired tax lawyer who has never made a film but has an amazing story to tell—it’s probably not a bad idea to have a teacher, coworker, or colleague attest to the qualities that would make you successful.