The Stephanie Rothman Fellowship

The Stephanie Rothman Fellowship is for women film students who are, or want to, make horror, science fiction, action, fantasy, and thriller films; it is presented by The Shockwaves Podcast and Etheria Film Night.

2019 Recipient: Ines de los Santos with the TV pilot “EXORCISM 101”

2018 Recipient: Elizabeth Marshall with the short film project “WHAT DAPHNE SAW”


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Applications for 2020 will be open from December 1, 2019 through April 1, 2020. The brainchild of horror scholar and USC film professor Rebekah McKendry and Etheria’s Heidi Honeycutt and Stacy Pippi, the Fellowship 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 inaugural Stephanie Rothman Fellowship will be announced on June 29, 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 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 $5,000 Fellowship will be awarded by passionate genre film professionals looking to encourage and monetarily aid 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 scholarship 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 required materials are:

  1. A Personal Statement Essay
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from a current or past film professor at your schoool