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The application period for the 2016 Brave NewFellows Program is now closedWe are no longer accepting applications. 

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Our organization

Brave New Films champions social justice issues by using media to inspire, empower, motivate, engage and teach civic participation that makes a difference.  Our goal is to support the active civic engagement of an informed citizenry by calling attention to important issues through non-partisan social media production and our ingenious multi-platform distribution network.

About the fellowship

Recent media industry reports show a lack of opportunities at every level and in every job sector in traditional media, news production and distribution for people from racially diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.  Their voices and concerns are often marginalized or ignored in traditional media narratives.  Brave New Films is looking to provoke a shift in this state through a unique fellowship opportunity.  

The Brave New Fellows Program envisions a world in which visual storytellers from all racial and economic groups have a voice and a place in creating media that has an impact.  The program seeks to break down the systemic barriers that limit opportunities for people of color and people from marginalized communities by empowering fellows with tools and training to become stronger activists and versatile advocates for social justice. 

In January 2016 we will bring on five individuals to do a yearlong, paid fellowship.  The Brave New Fellows Program seeks passionate, driven, and creative people who have a desire to use storytelling as a means to positively impact the world.  Fellows will benefit from hands-on experience in filmmaking and advocacy by spending a period of time in each of Brave New Films’ departments (short films, post production, campaigns/research and social media).   Through the year, fellows will build up a set of practical skills that will prepare them for work. 

Also during the year, fellows will participate in seminars and trainings on topics such as campaigns, social media platforms, script writing, studio production, resume writing and job interview skills.

As compensation, each fellow will be provided with a $750/week stipend for twelve months, medical and dental insurance, holidays/hiatus and visa/immigration assistance if coming from overseas. Fellows will work full-time (M-F, 9:00-6:00)  in our Culver City, CA office.


The ideal candidate will:

-       have experience with storytelling and social justice activism

-       have a strong interest in using visual media as an advocacy tool

-       demonstrate solid writing and communication skills

-       have basic skills in Adobe Premiere, or an equivalent editing software,  Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office

-       be familiar with social media (Facebook and You-Tube)

-       be a quick learner


Application Process

To apply, please complete the online application at the following link.  The application includes personal stories that you can attach to the application in written form or as short videos.  You must also submit two recommendations.  You can send your recommenders the following link: http://bit.ly/1LI0lzm to complete the form online. 

Both the application and the recommendation form are available in PDF format.  If you prefer to complete the forms offline, please contact us at fellowships@bravenewfilms.org and we will send these to you.   You can send your completed forms as attachments to fellowships@bravenewfilms.org with your name in the subject line.  Or, you can send them via postal service to Brave New Films – ATTN:  Fellowship, 10510 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA  90232. 

Application materials must be received by Tuesday, September 15th.


Completed application materials due – September 15th

Review of applications – September 15th - October 5th

Outside panel reviews selected applications - October 12th -21st

Final decisions - November 2nd

Program begins - January 11th


Fellowship Selection Panel Members

Quinn Delaney, President of Akonadi Foundation 

Maya Harris, Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton, formerly VP of Ford Foundation and ED of ACLU of Northern California

David Bryan, Professor at UC Santa Cruz, formerly Head of School at New Roads in Santa Monica, CA 

Jeff Cohen, Director of the Park Center for Independent Media in Ithaca, NY

Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director of Perception Institute

Roger Lowenstein – Founder, Los Angeles Leadership Academy


Have a question? Please send to:  fellowships@bravenewfilms.org 


Brave New Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer and employs without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, religion, age, handicap or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.