The Stephanie Rothman Fellowship for women film students who are, or want to, make horror, science fiction, action, fantasy, and thriller films is presented by The Shockwaves Podcast and Etheria Film Night.
Applications will be open from December 1, 2019 through April 1, 2020. The brainchild of horror scholar and USC film professor Rebekah McKendry and film festival pioneers Heidi Honeycutt and Stacy Pippi of Etheria, the world's most respected annual showcase of new sci-fi, fantasy, action, thriller and horror films directed by women, the scholarship is meant to recognize and reward the creativity and passion of female film students with an innovative take on genre filmmaking.
The recipient of the Stephanie Rothman Fellowship will be announced in June, 2020 at the Etheria Film Night showcase at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. In June 2017, Etheria honored director Rothman with the festival’s Inspiration Award for her body of directing work in horror, comedy, and thrillers such as The Student Nurses (1970), The Velvet Vampire (1971), and Terminal Island (1974). Rothman was hired by producer Roger Corman in 1964 to direct scenes additional scenes for a horror film release, making her the first woman in history to direct a modern horror film. Rothman attended USC for film and was a co-founder of Dimension Pictures.
This $3000 monetary Fellowship will be awarded by passionate genre film professionals (who also happen to be genre film fans) looking to encourage and monetarily aid like-minded student filmmakers.
The Fellowship funds can be used towards any film school-related expenses or to fund a film.
There is no submission fee.
The Fellowship is open to any identifying women in an undergraduate or graduate university or college film school program around the world.
You can submit a film, a screenplay, or any other projects you have on Filmfreeway for us to view/read, but these are not required materials. Alternately, if you don't have a film or a script, you can write a personal statement and submit that as a "script" project through your FilmFreeway account.
The only required submission materials are:
- Your Personal Statement
- A letter of recommendation from a current, or past, film professor
That's it! We want this to be easy. Tell us what kind of films you want to make and why.
- The Team