Filmmakers in the early stages of their careers are encouraged to apply for a Morrison film fellowship through the Maine Community Foundation. Through the Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund, one to two grants between $1,000 and $2,000 will be awarded to filmmakers seeking to obtain instruction in filmmaking by attending a workshop, conference or film festival.

The Maine Arts Commission manages the review process for the Morrison Fund.  Applications for the fellowship must be postmarked by Jan. 14; for guidelines, visit Each applicant must speak with Kerstin Gilg, media arts and performing arts associate at the Maine Arts Commission, at 287-2726, before applying. Preference is given, but not restricted, to Maine residents.

The fund was established in 1988 in memory of filmmaker Jane Morrison, an Augusta native and the creator of the films “The White Heron,” “Master Smart Woman” and “The Two Worlds of Angelita.” Morrison began her career in filmmaking as an English teacher at Cony High School, where she participated in the first Artists-in-Residence Program sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. Previous winners of the fellowship include Sally Levi, Dean Merrell, Joseph Brunette and Cecily Pingree of North Haven.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit or call (877) 700-6800.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to