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Filmmakers Without Borders FWB Fellowship Program

Filmmakers Without Borders FWB Fellowship Program

Filmmakers Without Borders FWB Fellowship Program

About Filmmakers Without Borders FWB Fellowship Program


The FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) fellowship program sends experienced filmmakers and educators around the world to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills to students from underserved communities. Fellowship placements are available across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.




FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS (FWB) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers. Through various grants, educational resources, and overseas fellowships, FWB provides youth from underserved communities with the technical training, media literacy skills, and digital tools to leverage the creative process as a means for interpreting their role in their society. FWB’s flagship fellowship provides funding, equipment, curriculum, and support for volunteer educators to teach filmmaking across Africa, Asia, & Latin America for 10-12 months – fully funded. Fellows teach on a daily basis and students create their own multimedia projects, develop team-building and leadership skills, and learn how to use technology to share their stories.


Goals & Objectives


* to empower the next generation of digital storytellers
* to connect communities and cultures with digital tools
* to harness the filmmaking process as a vehicle for cultural exchange
* to teach filmmaking to students from underserved communities
* to teach media literacy to students from underserved communities
* to teach technology skills to students from underserved communities


Core Duties


* Fellows live and work in an underserved community for 12 months.
* Fellows teach regularly-scheduled classes to local students on a daily basis (MTWThF).
* Fellows mentor local students and help them create their own multimedia projects.
* Fellows produce a creative portfolio that includes photography and video-based projects.


Eligibility Requirements


* Applicants from any country are encouraged to apply.
* Applicants should be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching.
* Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree (in film studies/education or a related field).
* Applicants should have at least 2 years of film/media-related experience.
* Applicants should have a minimum of 6 months (cumulative) in/formal teaching experience.
* Applicants should be proficient in relevant digital technologies.
* Applicants should be able to provide samples of their work.


Fellowship Duration


* Most overseas fellowships are 12 months in length and are aligned with the host country’s academic calendar. Fellows teach during the fall and spring semesters and conduct specialized workshops during the summer session.

* Please note, short-term fellowships are not available.


FWB is committed to diversity and equality.


FWB provides equal consideration for all qualified candidates. FWB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.




FWB recruits experienced filmmakers, artists, educators, anthropologists, and technologists from around the world to teach in underserved classrooms for one year. The admissions process is designed to showcase applicants’ storytelling strengths, their commitment to sharing their skills, and their dedication to cultural exchange.


All applicants complete an online application and submit a variety of supporting materials including a video essay. The video essay is an opportunity for Fellows to introduce themselves, highlight their experiences, and describe why they are excited about participating in the FWB global fellowship.


Program Dates & Application Deadlines INDIA:


PROGRAM DATES:  May 2019 – April 2020

PRIORITY DEADLINE: December 15, 2018

FINAL DEADLINE: January 15, 2019


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