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Nigerian Filmmaker Fellowship 2024: StoryMi Academy Documentary Film Program

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StoryMi Academy, in partnership with the French Embassy in Nigeria, is excited to announce the commencement of the second iteration of the StoryMi Documentary Film Fellowship! This prestigious program provides a comprehensive six-month training opportunity for dedicated Nigerian documentary filmmakers.

Fellowship Journey:

  1. Global Exposure: As part of the fellowship, participants will have the privilege to attend the esteemed international documentary film festival, Sunny Side of the Doc, in France. This provides a valuable opportunity to glean insights from industry experts (scheduled for the end of June 2024).
  2. Intensive Learning: The fellowship entails comprehensive physical and virtual workshops, where fellows will delve into the fundamentals of documentary filmmaking under the guidance of esteemed instructors such as New York Times, OpDocs) , Louise Monlaü (Al Jazeera and Ike Nnaebue (No U-Turn, Arte production), among others. (All expenses related to travel and accommodation will be covered by StoryMi Academy).
  3. Remote Coaching & Project Development: Following the workshops, fellows will engage in regular individual coaching sessions, receiving ongoing support from their assigned mentors.
  4. Production Grants: Four outstanding fellows will be awarded substantial grants of 1.5 million naira each, empowering them to bring their documentary projects to fruition.
  5. Global Exposure: Additionally, fellows will have the chance to attend a prestigious international documentary film festival, further enriching their industry knowledge and network.
  6. Film Screening: A screening event is scheduled for December 2024 (date subject to change), providing a platform to showcase the fellows’ accomplished works.


To embark on this transformative journey, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Citizenship: Be a Nigerian citizen currently residing in Nigeria, aged between 20 and 35 years old.
  2. Experience: Possess prior experience in filmmaking or a related field, with involvement in at least one completed film project (web or non-web) as a credited member of the production team.
  3. Project Proposal: Present a compelling script or treatment ready for development and production, accompanied by a production bible or detailed plan outlining the execution of the proposed documentary project.

Selection Process:

Selection: The fellowship will accept ten fellows based on their application materials and mini-documentary submissions.

Method of Application:

To apply for the StoryMi Documentary Film Fellowship 2024, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the online application form, providing comprehensive details about your background, experience, motivation, creative approach, and project proposal.
  2. Submit a short documentary film (maximum 5 minutes) that showcases your storytelling abilities and technical capabilities.
  3. Download the form from the provided link and submit your application along with links to your films.

For further inquiries,

Application Deadline: May 3, 2024.

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