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The BAYCAT Fellowship program exists to help young career creatives navigate the limbo in the film industry between graduation and elite film incubators.  


The Fellowship is a 12 week, paid hands-on training series that provides underrepresented creatives with workshops, writer room sessions, and one-on-one mentorship to develop their ideas for a TV series into a working concept with

a polished pitch. 


Fellows will graduate the program with a pitch deck, press kit (social media assets), and a script/synopsis.

Three fellows will be chosen to pitch their ideas to three industry judges and a live audience at BAYCAT’s InFocus Pitch Night. A final winner will be selected to work with BAYCAT studio to produce a short proof of concept for their series. 

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Paid Worktime

The fellows will be paid for their time spent in workshops, the writer’s room, mentorship meetings, and personal work time. Fellows will be paid up to five hours a week. 


Fellows commit to participating in five hours of Fellowship activities each week. The exact schedule will be up to each fellow.

  • Workshops (2 hours, every other week). Workshops are mandatory

  • Mentorship (1 hour, every other week)

  • Writers’ Room (3 hours, every other week) Fellows are expected to participate in at least four writers’ room sessions. 

  • Personal work time (2-5 hours each week).


The workshops will cover a range of topics that will help each fellow bring their ideas to life!

Each session is designed to offer critical insights and practical skills for developing a narrative series. 

  • Storytelling for the Screen 

  • Character Development from the Inside Out 

  • What Do Content Developers Look For? 

  • The Art of the Pitch 

  • Networking for Narrative

  • Understanding the Festival Circuit 

  • Finding Funding for Film 

  • Creating the World 

  • Understanding the Creative Market 

Writers' Rooms

Every week BAYCAT will host a writers' room where fellows can share updates on their projects

and collaborate to bring their ideas to life. (Up to three hours a week)

1:1 Mentorship

The fellows will be paired with a mentor that will collaborate with them throughout their journey. Mentors will be guides throughout this process supporting the fellows as they build their pitches

and providing supplemental industry knowledge. (1 hour Biweekly)


Throughout the process, there will be many opportunities for the fellows to build community with their peers and industry professionals.


*applications closed

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect after I apply online?

The Academy team will review your application. If you are selected for an interview you will receive an email to schedule a date and time. Please note that we aren’t able to offer interviews to all applicants.

How are Fellows selected?

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. BAYCAT prioritizes intern graduates. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women mediamakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

What is the compensation?

Fellows are paid hourly on a bi-weekly basis. The hourly rate is currently $20.00