Opportunity: WorldNomads – Travel Scholarships

Just received this great scholarship opportunity for active, environmentally conscious folks interested in film:

Kick start your documentary career by going on assignment into the Amazon with documentary producer Trent O’Donnell (who filmed our Positive Footprints series screened on Nat Geo Adventure Channel).  Check out the website>

You will take part in a special project with Gap Adventures, exploring the Amazonian jungle and homestaying with the indigenous Quichua community.

Working alongside Trent O’Donnell as he makes a documentary on Sustainable Tourism, you will be mentored to help you find your story and create your own short video documentary.

You’ll also be accommodated by our friends at Hostelworld.com both pre and post trip.

The lucky scholarship recipient will have their documentary considered for broadcast on Nat Geo Adventure! That’s right – the holy grail documentary makers work their whole lives to achieve !

Your assignment brief

You will be joining Bruce Poon Tip (Gap’s founder) as he revisits Ecuador’s spectacular Andean Interior and Amazon lowlands. It’s been 20 years since the first Gap Adventures trip was run in the Amazon and alongside Bruce you will gain unique access and insight into the lives of the Quichua community understanding how sustainable tourism has positively impacted their community.

You will also see first hand how the Footprints Network can make a difference to communities in need as Simon Monk (founder of WorldNomads.com and the Footprints Network) visits a project providing schooling equipment to the local Quichua primary school.

Homestaying in the Amazonian jungle with the Quichua community, you will work alongside Trent as he mentors you on how to find and film your own story.

What’s the deal?

• We’ll fly you to Quito, Ecuador from your country of residence.

• You need to be available to travel in the last 2 weeks of September 2010 (exact dates to be finalised shortly) to participate in the project.

• Under the mentorship of Trent O’Donnell you will shoot a video documentary about the experience.

• You will keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this plus pictures you’ve taken to your World Nomads travel journal.

• You will edit together your 3 minute documentary and submit it to World Nomads within 2 months of your return.

Who can apply

• Anyone can apply – this is open to film students, lovers of film or anyone who’s trying to build a career in documentary making!

• Minimum age 18 with a current passport.

• You should be a mad-keen auteur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a documentary maker.

• You must be fit and healthy as moderate levels of trekking are involved.

Apply now

If you want it, you’ve got to show it. To apply you need to:

1. Compile a 3 minute video documentary in English based around the theme; ‘Local Encounters’. Your ‘local encounter’ may be from your travels or somewhere closer to home. You should explore how this encounter changed your perspective on the world. The theme is open to interpretation, so be creative! The documentary may be compiled from previous travel videos you’ve shot.

It’s up to you to convince our judging panel through your video that you have the spirit for adventure and passion for filmmaking to be chosen for this scholarship. Our judging panel will be looking for;

* The ability to convey a strong narrative within a short time-frame

* Originality

* A visually engaging story

* A candidate whose passion for documentary filmmaking makes them an obvious choice to benefit from this professional mentorship opportunity.

We strongly recommend you look at the previous winners (below) to give you an idea of the quality we are looking for. Entries compiled solely of still shots will not be considered, you need to demonstrate your skill with the moving image.

2. Upload your video : Go to Youtube.com to upload your video

3. Add your video to Worldnomads.com: Create a journal and fill in the entry form, then follow the simple instructions to upload your video into the post. In under 200 words tell us about your video;

– What inspired your subject matter?

– How did you plan your piece?

– What challenges did you face?

– What is your ambition as a documentary maker?

You will be judged on what you write as much as your video submission, convince us you are a worthy candidate!  One entry per person (no longer than 3 minutes)

1 Comment (Post Comment)
ginny jordan says:

Thanks for this opportunity. Would you consider a photo/essay submission? I have just returned from Greenland, shooting pictures of ice flows, local Inuit people and documenting climate change. I have also worked in the Andeas of Peru with local Quichuain people on a sustainable weaving project. I am dying to get into documentary film but am older ( 56) and challenging to find the right learning environment. willing to pay for the opportunity. Feel free to let me know your thoughts.

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