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 it takes both good films and motivated activists to promote change around social justice issues.

It’s no secret that certain groups of people are underrepresented in mainstream media.  What is the impact of this on our political and social discourse?  It makes the lens through which we see the world very narrow.  How would this perspective be different if underrepresented groups could shape their own narratives in the media and advocate for concerns important to them?  Which issues would gain attention and whose stories would be heard?   

We recognize the absence of diverse voices in this storytelling process.  We also know that there are activist storytellers from underrepresented communities out there who want to create and distribute media that tells their narratives and reaches all audiences more effectively.


This is why we started the Brave New Fellows Program.  Our program offers social justice advocates 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, fellows build practical skills in digital storytelling, production, post-production, campaign strategies, outreach, research, and social media.  Fellows spend the majority of the year in one of three areas: post-production, outreach and research, or social media.  The fellowship equips activists to use film to support activism, and prepares them for jobs in social justice advocacy, media, and filmmaking.

To complement the on-the-job learning, fellows also meet and network with film directors, activists, journalists, politicians and organizers,  and they receive training in camera operation, database management, fundraising, and more.

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

For fellows coming from outside the United States, we assist with visa/immigration processing and compensate a portion of travel expenses.  However, relocation/housing is not provided by Brave New Films.

Should you apply?

This fellowship is a perfect fit, if you….

  • Feel passionate about social justice
  • 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 visually
  • Possess a heart for progressive politics. 


Hear From The 2017 Fellows...

How to apply:

Begin the process by carefully reading through the position descriptions for post–production, outreach and research, and social media, and decide which one best fits your interests and skills. This is the one area in which you would like to spend the majority of the fellowship year.

Then, complete and submit the application form by Friday, August 4th, 6:00 PM (PST).





June 12   – Application process opens

August 4 - Completed applications due by 6:00 PM (PST)

August 9-10 - Candidates invited to second round

August 14 - Second round task due by 6:00 PM (PST)

August 16, 17, 18  - Phone interviews

August 21-30 – Outside panel reviews candidates and selects finalists

September 5 and 7 - Final interviews via Skype

September 11-13 – Finalists contacted  

January 8, 2018  -  Program begins




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