Back in May 2016, we published an article about the World Nomads Travel Scholarship programme, and how it took us back to our own story of traveling the world trying to find our own way to pursue our passion for a life of travel. World Nomads had just released their 2016 Travel Writing Scholarship to Australia, the winners of which have already been chosen and will soon be off on assignment to Australia on the trip of a lifetime! Now we want to tel you all about another incredible opportunity; the . This time World Nomads wants to send an aspiring travel film maker to spend 10 days capturing the unique and colourful cultures of northern Vietnam, including a three day post production workshop in Hanoi, all in mentorship of professional travel filmmaker Brian Rapsey.
(This article is brought to you in collaboration with World Nomads, however, the stories and opinions below are those of the author.)
This particular travel scholarship from World Nomads is something we are very excited about as we spent almost a year living, working and travelling in Hanoi and northern Vietnam. Living in Hanoi gave us some of our most rewarding times since we started travelling over three years ago. Living in this incredible city gave us an in-depth look at the real life that goes on behind the backpacker bars, Halong Bay tours, and bicycle rickshaws squeezing their way through the motorbike traffic. The city itself is its own special blend of coordinated chaos amidst the backdrop of crumbling colonial charm, which combined with all the wonderfully bizarre quirks of a modern socialist republic, make it the perfect location for the World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship.
When you stray outside of the city in search of a story you won’t even need to venture as far as Sapa to visit the Hmong and Red Dzao hill tribes. The best stories we heard were the ones we stumbled across completely by accident, like stopping to buy fruit at the side of the road and being invited to drink tea and whiskey with an elderly Spanish-speaking man who had been sent on training missions to Cuba during his military service. Amazing people and their stories are all around you if you’re open to seeing them.
The successful applicant for the 2016 World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship will win the opportunity to go on a real assignment to capture the vibrant communities of Vietnam, with everything included to ensure they have the trip of a lifetime and come away with vibrant visuals, captivating stories and head full of ideas.
What is included in the 2016 World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship?
Here’s exactly what the winning entrant will win in the 2016 World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship to Vietnam:
10-day all-expenses-paid trip in Vietnam
World Nomads will fly you to Hanoi to capture the culture and the communities of northern-Vietnam with professional travel filmmaker Brian Rapsey.
3-day post-production workshop
Once you’ve filmed your story you’ll continue your mentorship with Brian with a 3-day workshop in Hanoi where you will edit and polish your travel film.
Røde Microphones gear
Our friends at Røde Microphones will provide the winner with a Video Mic Pro, RØDELink Wireless Filmmaker Kit, and VideoMic Me™ iPhone directional mic.
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This collection of tips from film-industry insiders will help you to shoot and share better travel videos. PLUS – Our talented shortlisted applicants receive a copy too!
World Nomads will provide you with full for the duration of your trip.
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“What do we have to do to apply for this ridiculously awesome opportunity?” we hear you say… It’s all quite simple really!
How to apply for the 2016 World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship to Vietnam:
1. Make a 3-minute film about an inspirational travel story. Our challenge to you is to go out and interview an amazing adventurer or inspiring traveler and bring to life their compelling travel story. This could be anything from a story of immigration to a close wildlife encounter to a triumph of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro.
2. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.
3. Complete your application form – tell us what winning the scholarship would mean to you and why we should choose you. Your answer will provide considerable weight in the judging process.
Ready to get started? now!
Looking for a bit more info before you dive in headfirst? Read on… Here are a few top tips to help keep you on the right side of the judges for the 2016 World Nomads Travel Film Scholarship to Vietnam:
1. Convey a strong narrative in English (or with English subtitles) within a 3 minute timeframe.
2. Focus on an individual person with a specific travel story
3. Demonstrate strong filmmaking skills
4. Show us your interviewing skills and ability to coax a good story from your subject.
5. Show originality
6. Be visually engaging
Check out the for answers to some of the most common queries.Still shots can be incorporated into the film, but the aim is to demonstrate your skills with the moving image, so any submissions composed entirely of stills will not be considered.
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So, what are you waiting for? If you’re an aspiring travel film maker, this could your chance at a real assignment, with the support and guidance of a professional and established travel film maker.
This article is brought to you in collaboration with World Nomads, however, the stories and opinions below are those of BZFLAG Travel Group.