Fellowship - Brave New Films


The Application Period Is Now Closed


Film can open our minds to hard truths and move us to action. At Brave New Films, we tell stories that mobilize people to make a difference. We believe that social justice documentaries have an impact on the most pressing issues of today and are essential tools in the hands of committed activists working for change. We need diverse voices to join us in this mission!


The Brave New Fellows Program offers activist storytellers from communities of color and/or economically marginalized communities a one year, paid opportunity to work with Brave New Films and learn how to create and distribute media that makes a difference. By working alongside experienced staff from our production, distribution or outreach team, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media. The fellowship equips activists to use film to support their social justice work, and prepares them for jobs in nonprofits, alternative media, and documentary filmmaking.

To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows meet and network with film directors, activists, leaders of organizations, journalists, politicians and organizers,  and they receive training in camera operation, database management, communication, and more. Fellows are also matched up with mentors outside of BNF, already working in the fellow’s field of interest.

As compensation, each fellow receives $800/week for the duration of the fellowship, medical and dental insurance, and PTO (paid time off).  Fellows work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office.


Should you apply?

This fellowship is a perfect fit, if you….

  • Feel passionate about social justice
  • Possess knowledge of progressive politics and current issues
  • Aspire to use film to support your activism
  • Love to learn by doing and pick up skills quickly through on-the-job training
  • Welcome opportunities to gain invaluable work experience
  • Appreciate a good story and can tell a compelling one 
  • Can balance ambition with humility
  • Face challenges with creativity, enthusiasm, and flexibility.


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How to apply:

Begin the process by carefully reading through the fellowship descriptions for post- production, community outreach, and digital communications, and decide which one best fits your interests and skills.  This is the one area in which you would like to spend the whole year.

Then,  complete and submit the application form by Friday, September 20th, 6:00 PM (PST).



August 2 – Application process opens

September 20 - Completed applications due by 6:00 PM (PST)

September 30 - Candidates invited to second round

October 4 - Second round task due by 6:00 PM (PST)

October 7, 8, 9  - Phone interviews

October 15 and 17 - Final interviews via Skype

October 24 – Finalists contacted  

January 6, 2020  - Program begins


Have a question? Please contact us at [email protected]

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.