// Filmmaker Residency



SF Green Film Festival and Ninth Street Independent Film Center offer an annual Media Arts Incubator Program, to support the work of local filmmakers and nurture groundbreaking independent media projects. Filmmakers with projects that align with SFGFF’s mission are encouraged to apply.

The Filmmaker Residency offers:

  • Private workspace in the Ninth Street Independent Film Center
  • Access to Ninth Street IFC’s facilities, including meeting space and 80-seat screening room
  • Knowledge sharing with SF Green Film Festival, as well as other Ninth Street IFC organizations and resident filmmakers
  • Outreach opportunities through SF Green Film Festival’s networks, marketing, and events


  • NinthStIFC2014-15 Resident: Sasha Friedlander, Mudflow

    Currently in production, Mudflow follows Indonesia’s recent Presidential election, set against the backdrop of one of the larger man-made environmental disasters in recent history – the Lapindo mud catastrophe in East Java, Indonesia. The film raises an array of complex and difficult questions about justice, democracy and under-regulated corporate greed, all critical questions of our time.


    Saltwater2012-14 Resident: Lise Swenson, Saltwater

    Saltwater is an independent narrative feature film by Bay Area artist, filmmaker and educator Lise Swenson. It is set in the stunning visual backdrops of San Francisco and the Salton Sea. The film is being produced in collaboration with City College of San Francisco using an educational community-based model. Since January of 2012, over 50 city college students have worked as interns to complete pre-production and bring this film to life. Saltwater began filming on February 28, 2013 with a crew made up of a mixture of students and respected industry professionals and is due for completion in 2014. Saltwater was presented as a work-in-progress screening at the 2013 SF Green Film Festival.


    With increased funding from the San Francisco Film Commission, Ninth Street IFC is able to offer this annual (12-month) residency for a one-time enrollment fee of $500 to each participating filmmaker.

    Next Application Deadline: June 30, 2015
    Enrollment: September 1, 2015

    For more information, guidelines, and application form, visit:
    http://www.ninthstreet.org/incubator