Travel Film Scholarship 2015: The Winner

Find out which travel documentaries made our shortlist and see who will be heading off on a Colombian adventure!

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For this year’s Travel Film Scholarship we decided to go back to where it all began - and asked you to submit your best travel documentaries. We wanted you to really focus on finding a great story and capturing the mindset of someone who fuelled your wanderlust.

What we received in return were more than 600 entries that featured some truly original and inspiring characters that reminded us just how diverse and wonderful world nomads truly are. Your films captured the adventurous spirits, the personal philosophies and the insatiable curiosity that connect every traveller. From roaming grandfathers to intrepid explorers and nomadic cyclists, you illuminated these extraordinary people with your visual storytelling abilities.

However, there was one story this year that really stood out from the pack. This travel documentary captured not only the subject in a very personal way, but also gave us a strong sense of place and the feeling that you as a viewer were travelling with him and experiencing his life on the road as it unfolded.

Please feel free to leave your congratulations to the winner and the shortlisted entries below. However, if you have any other comments, concerns, program feedback or trollish rants, please email us at [email protected]

So, without further delay, we give you the winner of the 2015 Travel Film Scholarship to Colombia

The Winner: Coleman Lowndes

From One End Of The World To The Other

Judge's Comments

"I was completely disarmed by the warmth and rapport that Cole had with his subject - Guillermo Federico Aimar - filmed in Mexico cycling en route from Argentina to Alaska - and also by Coleman’s direct and unpretentious filmmaking style. Although Guillermo may not be the most sensational subject the qualities of his project and personality shine through and I found him a genuine inspiration as a traveller and a way of being whilst travelling. As such, Coleman realised the filmmaking brief beautifully. Its also clear that Coleman will benefit from being mentored - and I look forward to seeing him in Colombia." - Brian Rapsey

The Shortlist

Congratulations to the following shortlisted applicants...

Cristina Trenas Martín - Living around the sun (Spain)

Ellie Mackay - Meet Nico: My Travel Inspiration (United Kingdom)

Erin Bastian - In Search of Hidden Glaciers (United Kingdom)

Hassan Arshad - Grandfathers Odyssey (Pakistan)

Hien Do - Show me by your hands (Vietnam)

Ioana Tuta - On Tamara's voyage (Peru)

Jessy Caron- Andrew is a Unicorn (USA)

Joseph Schiappa - He, Who Inspires Me To Travel. (USA)

Rucha Patil - The Vagabond (India)

Turin Tanchangya - Journeyman (Bangladesh)

Yasmin Bright - Never Stop Exploring (Australia)

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Filmmaking tips

If you didn’t win the scholarship, but still want to pick up some powerful filmmaking tips from our mentor Brian Rapsey, click this link to watch his mini-tutorial on how to be a great travel filmmaker!

8 Comments

  • Ellie Mackay said

    Wow - this is the first of this type of film I have ever made so I am overwhelmed to have been shortlisted with some truly superb entries. Thank you so much! I really love the winning entry and all the other shortlisted films and have been so inspired by the range and breadth of all the entries. It feels wonderful to be part of such a great community as World Nomads. What a wonderful world we all share :-)

    Entering this year's competition has been a really enjoyable, supportive and encouraging experience and I'm really looking forward to seeing Cole's Colombia film! Let us know where to follow you Cole!

  • Sanjo said

    Congratulations! I like very much the winner film!

  • James said

    Congratulations! What a great entry! All the best with Columbia!

  • Melissa said

    Congratulations to the winner, his video is wonderful.

  • Alvaro said

    All these finalists are amazing! I watched them all and I want to travel with all those people. I couldn't pick my favourite I don't know how to decide. Congratulations to the winner and the finalists!

  • hassan said

    What an amazing traveler! Coleman had a winner on his hands, this guy is an amazing and very dedicated adventurer.

    Got to push myself and learn a lot while making a video for this scholarship, and am very excited to try out for more stuff like this.

    Congratulations to the winner and looking forward to seeing what he produces in Colombia!

  • Rucha Patil said

    I really thank World Nomads for giving me the opportunity to bring to the world my first ever film. Now I am getting more aware of the challenges and hard work. Though not a winner, but making it to the top 10 is something so encouraging. Congrats to the winner and my fellow finalists. Here's to many more films and travel!

  • Dianne Perez said

    O loved it congrats. I love the shots, music, and a beautiful person you filmed. The message was sent loud and clear



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