Travel Film Scholarship 2019
Have you been regularly commissioned to make films (in any genre) or derive more than 25% of your income from any aspect of filmmaking? If so, you would be considered a professional and therefore not eligible to apply.
If you're still learning the craft of filmmaking and if creating films is responsible for less than 25% of your income, then you’re eligible to apply. This may mean you have had a few films commissioned in the past, or keep a regular video channel of your own – but it isn’t your full-time gig.
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 a learning experience for a budding filmmaker and the judging panel will be selecting the person who they feel will most benefit from the learning opportunity.
So, whilst we are not stipulating exactly what does and does not constitute a professional, please consider the spirit of the mentorship program and whether you think you would make the most ideal candidate.
Photos: Yes, you can use photographs in your film. However, a film compiled solely of photographs will not be considered – you need to demonstrate your skill with the moving image.
Music: 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.
Animation: Yes, you may have some animation, but you must still adhere to the brief.
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. To fulfil the scholarship brief you will need to interview a traveler with a great story – show us how they traveled and the emotions they felt during their experience. You will find out what they have done, where they have been, what kind of person they are, and why you find them interesting. We want you to bring to life their compelling travel story to life and share their unique philosophies, quirky travel rituals and fascinating curiosities.
You cannot interview yourself 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.
To start, you'll be assistant to scholarship mentor Jenny Nichols as she makes a short documentary about non-profit organisation, The Reef-World Foundation.
Then, you'll get your own chance to make a film. Under Jenny's mentorship, you'll be shooting a short five to seven-minute travel documentary. To end the trip, you will attend a 3-day post-production workshop in Malaysia to commence your editing work. Within two months of your return, you will complete your video and submit the piece to World Nomads for us to share with the world.
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.