Have you already been regulary commissioned to make films (in any genre) or derive more than 25% of your income from filmmaking? If so, you would be considered a professional. If you are still learning the craft of filmmaking and the majority of your income is not derived from filmmaking activities then you are eligible to apply. We appreciate that the filmmaking industry is difficult to break into and there are a lucky few who can count themselves as professional full-time filmmakers. This scholarship is very much about the mentorship, and the judging panel will be selecting the person or team who they feel will most benefit from the learning opportunity. For the purposes of this opportunity, we would consider you to be professional filmmaker if you have been commissioned regularly to make films (of any genre). We would also consider you to be a professional filmmaker if you derive more than 25% of your income from filmmaking of any kind. If you have only had a few films commissioned, or keep a regular video channel of your own, then we would not consider this professional. If you are a finalist, you will be asked to outline your experience to date, and it will be the judging panel who decides who is most suitable based on their previous experience, video and written component. So, whilst we are not stipulating exactly what does and does not constitute a professional, think about the spirit of the mentorship program and whether you think you would make the most ideal candidate.
Have you already been regulary commissioned to make films (in any genre) or derive more than 25% of your income from filmmaking? If so, you would be considered a professional. If you are still learning the craft of filmmaking and the majority of your income is not derived from filmmaking activities then you are eligible to apply.
English does not have to be your first language, but you do need to have conversational English for this scholarship. In order for you to get the most of the mentorship you will need to be able to understand and converse with your mentor Brian on the trip.
You do need a current passport with at least eight months left before expiry. We'll assist the winner in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated costs, however the applicant must be eligible to obtain an Indian visa.
No, each film must be submitted by an individual filmmaker. While in previous years we have allowed team submissions, this year we're looking for a one-person show, needing nothing more than a camera and a sense of adventure to unearth a great story.
Yes, you can include music in your film. However, please be aware, you will need to follow the guidelines outlined by YouTube & Vimeo. If you use copyrighted music, you run the risk of your entire audio track being stripped from your video.
While the majority of the footage should be your own, you may use some footage captured by someone else, provided you have permission to use it within your film. By applying for this scholarship you warrant that your application is original, owned by you and is in your own words.
Being able to interview a subject is an important skill in documentary making. Your film should showcase your ability to coax a good story out of your subject. Your brief is to paint their picture for us – show us how they traveled and the emotions they felt during their experience. 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.
No, the film cannot be about your own travel experience. The brief requires you to creatively tell us about another traveler's experience. You may be a part of their story, however you need to show our judges that you can interview another person.
All films under 3 minutes will be considered. If you watch our previous winning films they're all between the 2-3 minute mark, so make the most of the timeframe provided. If your film is over 3 minutes, it will not be judged - no exceptions will be made.
No, by applying for this scholarship you allow World Nomads to showcase your film on the World Nomads website and use the film to promote the World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship. More details can be found the in the Program Terms & Conditions.
Yes, your film must be publicly available to view and will be publicly displayed on our website. If your film is behind a password-gate, it will not be considered. If you would like your film removed from the World Nomads website please email [email protected] with the title of your film. Please note, your personal essay and contact details will not be made public.
Under the mentorship of Brian Rapsey you will be shooting a short 5-7 minute travel documentary, you will then attend a post-production workshop in Kerala to commence your editing work. Within two months of your return, you will complete your video and submit the piece to World Nomads. You will also be required to keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and write about your experience on the World Nomads website.
Yes, you will need to bring your own gear. You will need to have a camera capable of capturing reasonably good quality video and audio. DSLR's and camcorders are preferable, GoPros and iPhones are less preferable - simply because you are limited in what you can do with them. However, if you are able to demonstrate you have an excellent eye for a story and an excellent grasp of visual language, we will look past gear limitations.
No, you cannot email your film to us. All applicants need to fill out the application page and submit their applications via our website. If you have encountered any specific issues please contact us at [email protected]