Aspiring filmmakers, this is your chance to go on assignment to capture Colombia!

This South American stunner’s doors are now open, and we believe that it has more than a few stories to tell. In our 2015 Travel Film Scholarship, we’re looking for one adventurous documentary filmmaker to capture the culture and the communities of Colombia’s Pacific Coast.

Boasting more than its fair share of white-sand beaches, lush jungles and cloud forested mountain ranges, Colombia is a filmmaker’s dream. However, it’s beauty is matched by history, culture and people no less interesting or colourful.

Your job will be to document the story of a Pacific community nestled in one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. This undiscovered paradise is just opening itself up to travellers and is chock full of some of the country’s best wildlife and adventure experiences. This is your opportunity to document how the community lives and how they are working to promote tourism to the region.

The Prizes

  • A 10-day all-expenses-paid trip in Colombia
  • Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Bogotá, Colombia
  • Professional mentorship from filmmaker Brian Rapsey
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads

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What you'll be doing

The scholarship recipient will be flown from their country of residence to Bogotá where they will spend 7 days filming in Colombia under the mentorship of filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey, then spend the final 3 days in a post-production workshop in Bogotá. In that time you will be producing a short 5-7 minute travel documentary, which we will share with the world!

You will also post photos from your assignment to Instagram or Twitter on a daily basis so that we can follow your adventures.

Who can apply?

  • Any non-professionals can apply - this is open to film students, or anyone who is trying to build a career in documentary style filmmaking.
  • The scholarship is open to all nationalities; however, you must have an exceptionally high degree of proficiency in written English.
  • Minimum age 18 (by application deadline, September 7th).
  • You must have a current, valid passport and you must be available as per the dates set out. Please note these dates are not changeable in any way.
  • You may be a resident of any country (subject to obtaining a Colombian visa).
  • You should be a keen amateur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a filmmaker.
  • You must be fit and healthy as moderate levels of physical work are involved as well as a number of late nights!

How to apply

This year we’re only accepting applications from solo documentary filmmakers. To apply, simply:

  1. Film your documentary featuring the 'Profile of a Person who Inspires you to Travel the World'. Please carefully read the brief below. Your film should be no longer than 3-minutes and in English. Remember, entries that exceed this will not be considered.
  2. Go to YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video.
  3. Complete your application form - tell us what winning the scholarship would mean to you and why we should choose you.

One entry per person.

Entries compiled solely of still shots will not be considered, you need to demonstrate your skill with the moving image.

Your Brief

For this year’s application brief, we are looking to focus on profiles of people who inspire you to travel the world.

We want you to find and tell the story of someone's journey. This could be anything from a story of immigration, a triumph of summiting of Mt. Everest or the traveller who keeps the travel spirit alive in their own backyard. Our challenge to you is to go out and interview these amazing adventurers, courageous souls and regular people who inspire you to hit the road.

Your brief is to paint their picture for us – show us how they travel. Find out what they have done, where they have been, what kind of person they are, and why you find them interesting. Bring to life their compelling travel story and share their unique philosophies, quirky travel rituals and fascinating curiosities.

This is your chance to find an inspiring story and tell it through your great documentary filmmaking skills.

What the judges are looking for

A good entry should:

  • Convey a strong narrative within a 3 minute timeframe
  • Focus on an individual person
  • Show us your interviewing skills and ability to coax a good story from your subject
  • Demonstrate strong filmmaking skills
  • Show originality
  • Be visually engaging

Entries compiled solely of still shots will not be considered, you need to demonstrate your skill with the moving image.


If you have any questions please read our FAQs page. If we haven't already answered your question please post your question into the comments section of the FAQs page.

Important dates

Program applications close
Application judging
Winners announced
Arrive in Bogotá
7-day filming around Colombia
3-day post-production workshop in Bogotá
Depart from Bogotá

Applications now closed

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