This opportunity is now closed and we have announced the winner.
This is your chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Malaysia and be personally mentored by award-winning filmmaker Jenny Nichols. You could be capturing staggering seascapes and incredible biodiversity while telling stories of the diverse local communities who call Malaysia home.
Receive round-trip airfares from your closest international airport to Malaysia.
Improve your skills in the field and during post-production under the mentorship of professional filmmaker Jenny Nichols.
Explore Malaysia and capture its stories on an all-expenses-paid adventure.
Record superior sound for your film with new microphones courtesy of RØDE Microphones.
Protect your gear with a specialized camera bag from Lowepro and accessories from Langly.
As always, travel insurance for the trip will be provided by World Nomads.
Interview an adventurer or inspiring traveler and bring their compelling travel story to life.
Please make sure your video is publicly accessible.
Fill in your personal details so we know how to contact you should you make the shortlist.
Jenny is an award-winning filmmaker widely known for her conservation films. Her work has been screened at a number of film festivals worldwide and her clients include the likes of National Geographic, Sony and Patagonia.
Jennifer is a BAFTA-nominated director, known for her gripping, intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances. Her credits include internationally renowned documentaries such as Sherpa and most recently Mountain.
Through your application, you'll need to convince our judging panel that you have the spirit of adventure and a passion for travel filmmaking. A good travel documentary should:
The scholarship recipient, along with the shortlist of the best films, will be published on the World Nomads website on 10th September 2019.
NOTE: Films compiled solely of still shots will not be considered, you need to demonstrate your skill with the moving image. Strictly one application per person.
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.
Watch last year's shortlist and see our past winning films below:
Marissa Chabria Heilbron presents the story of Natalya, as she travels from her home in Costa Rica to India meeting family members she never knew and allowing them to help her understand her roots.