In October of 2012, the 25-year old aspiring filmmaker and NOVAC member Joshua Short was murdered senselessly while visiting a student he tutored after a neighborhood Night Out Against Crime event. At the time of his death, Joshua was preparing for his participation in NOVAC’s competitive PA Bootcamp Program.
Joshua Short was dedicated not only to advancing his filmmaking career, but also serving his community. When Joshua wasn’t working towards filmmaking goals, he tutored and mentored the youth of his neighborhood. He first became interested in filmmaking when he and his twin brother were featured in Vincent Morelli’s documentaries Left Behind: The Story of New Orleans Public Schools and If the Children Are OK, both of which focus on New Orleans public high schools, and were sponsored by NOVAC. After being featured in the movies, Joshua worked as a production assistant to Mr. Morelli, and was intent on making a career for himself in the film industry, which is why he applied to NOVAC’s film industry training programs.
Joshua’s dedication to filmmaking and his spirit are the basis for the Joshua Short Memorial Scholarship. In recognition of the loss of this remarkable young man, we are creating this opportunity so that in the future more young people from a variety of backgrounds can have access to creative and economic opportunities that will help create a pathway out of violence.
In Joshua Short’s memory, NOVAC will sponsor the cost of one seat in each of our 4 annual film industry workforce training or technical education classes offered each year, beginning in 2013. Participants awarded the Joshua Short Memorial Scholarship will also be awarded a yearlong NOVAC membership. Applicants should be between the ages of 18 – 27 who have demonstrated an interest and dedication to pursuing a career in film and or television but have been unable to receive the proper training due to financial hardship. NOVAC will begin accepting applications on December 3rd and will award up to 4 applicants in the Fall and 4 applicants in the Spring.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants to the Joshua Short Scholarship should prepare a resume and a typed 2 page statement about their commitment to filmmaking, what they have done to pursue a career in the industry and what obstacles they have faced in their effort to reach their goals. Applications will be accepted and reviewed twice a year for admission to Fall and Spring classes respectively. VISIT NOVACVIDEO.ORG/JOSHUASHORT ON DECEMBER 3 TO SUBMIT YOUR MATERIALS.