Incubator Program

A home for media arts for over a decade, Ninth Street Independent Film Center makes workspaces and shared resources available to individual filmmakers through the Media Arts Incubator Program.  The Incubator Program offers access to a dedicated workspace, knowledge sharing, outreach opportunities, networking events, and meeting and exhibition space on an annual basis.

With support from the San Francisco Film Commission, Ninth Street is able to offer this 12-month residency for an annual enrollment fee of $500.  A total of five filmmaker projects will be selected, with each filmmaker provided a small individual office, access to all shared spaces, and 5 hours of free meeting or exhibition per month in Ninth Street's screening room (particularly valuable to filmmakers, in production and post-production).

Selection of participants will be made by he Media Arts Incubator Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from each of Ninth Street's resident film festivals – Center for Asian American Media,  Frameline,  Jewish Film Institute, San Francisco Green Film Festival, and Silent Film Festival .

To ensure that projects have recognizable social, cultural, artistic value and a strong likelihood of completion, the program has been integrated with our film festivals as a way to leverage cross-marketing and collaborative opportunities such as co-sponsored film screenings.  Preference will be given to film projects that align with at least one of the film festivals.

Next Application Deadline: July 31, 2015 / Enrollment: September 1, 2015

To request an MS Word verson of the Incubator Program application please email [email protected]  Please review the Program Guidelines below before applying.

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2014-2015 Program Participants Include:


Jack Walsh

Feelings Are Facts

Feature Documentary (Post Production)

At the age of 25, she took her first dance class.  At the age of 28, she changed dance forever.   "Feelings Are Facts" chronicles the remarkable life and career of postmodern dance maverick Yvonne Rainer.  As a choreographer, performer, filmmaker and writer, Rainer has been a key figure in the American avant-garde for five decades.  


David Santamaria


Feature Documentary (Production)

The film is a character study of the filmmaker's aunt. A very attractive, Jewish woman, she grew up in Brooklyn, and was the first female cab driver in New York.  As a result, she was discovered by a New York columnist. Soon after a story about her was published (in the dailies), she appeared on "The Johnny Carson Show” and “Who's Line Is It Anyway”.  The story follows her life, dreams, mistakes and hardships as seen through her eyes and the eyes of her colorful siblings. 


Sasha Friedlander


Feature Documentary (Post Production)

MUDFLOW follows Indonesia's recent Presidential election, set against the backdrop of one of the largest 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.


Dan Goldes / Robert Cortlandt

5 Blocks

Feature Documentary (Production)

5 Blocks is a documentary film about the transformational changes taking place on San Francisco’s Mid-Market Street. Once known as “The Great White Way of San Francisco” it has, over the last 40 years, become a blighted no-man’s land.  Now, a seemingly grass-roots coalition is attempting to do what the previous efforts could not: use the arts and technology to bring economic development to the area while lifting up the poor and marginalized who already live and work there. If successful, San Francisco will create a historic first – but given the stakes, the risk of failure is huge.


Meika Rouda

My Peeps Are Whiteys

Feature Documentary (Pre Production)

My Peeps are Whiteys is an exploration of identity and how we become who we are. Meika Rouda was adopted as a newborn and never knew her biological background until she was in her thirties and trying to make a family of her own. Because she has exotic looks, she often had people tell her what ethnicity they thought she might be, and in turn sometimes took on those identities to see if they fit. After learning of her ethnic background she came to realize that who she identified with was her Jewish adoptive parents more than her biological family’s ethnic make up. Her search engages audiences to consider how they view their own identity and what makes you, you.