Win a Filmmaking Trip to New Orleans

Deadline: 6 November 2013
Open to: any non-professionals, minimum age of 18
Prize: travel scholarship for a trip to New Orleans, enrolment in Travel Filmmaking Course


This year, the 2013 Travel Film Scholarship is off to New Orleans to experience one of the most unique and rich cultures in the U.S.  This assignment is about really finding out what makes this melting pot of a city tick – from exploring Mardi Gras traditions to delving into the vibrant music and food scenes that the Big Easy can claim as their very own.

You’ll spend 10 days in New Orleans under the mentorship of filmmaker and director Brian Rapsey. In that time you will be producing 3-5 three-minute travel-themed videos that will be shared with the world!

Solo Application

You must have solid film making skills, but more importantly, you must shine in front of the camera. People need to be inspired to travel, and to travel with you. The winner will essentially be a one-man show, needing nothing more than a camera and a sense of adventure to unearth a great story.

Team Application

Some of you are excellent filmmakers, with zero desire to see your face on film.  And there are others of you out there that are talented in front of the lens, but are hopeless behind it. So, if you decide to apply as a pair, you can be a combination of one filmmaker and one presenter or two people who can use a camera and stand in front of it.


  • Any non-professionals can apply – this is open to film students, or anyone who’s trying to build a career in film making and/or presenting!
  • Minimum age 18 (by application deadline) with a current, valid passport and you must be available to be in New Orleans from February 26-March 8, 2014 (dates may vary by a few days) to participate in the project
  • You may be a resident of any country (subject to obtaining a U.S. visa).
  • You should be a mad-keen auteur with a lust for adventure and burning desire to be a filmmaker and/or presenter.
  • You must be fit and healthy as moderate levels of physical work are involved as well as a number of late nights!


The Winner will receive:

  • An 10-day bespoke trip to New Orleans
  • Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to New Orleans where you will meet your mentor
  • Enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking course (with 3 months unlimited access to the course)
  • Rode Microphones gear: A Video Mic Pro with an XLR adaptor, Smart Lav, Lavalier Mic, plus accessories!
  • UltraPod GO – a light, compact, versatile tripod from Pedco (one per entrant, up to 2 per team)
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip from World Nomads.

The 4 Runner’s Up will receive:

  • Enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking course (with 3 months unlimited access to the course)
  • UltraPod GO – a light, compact, versatile tripod from Pedco (one per entrant, up to 2 per team)

The top 50 entries will also receive enrollment in the MatadorU Travel Filmmaking mini-course.


Applications are accepted till 6 November 2013, 2pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC +11). To apply you need to:

1. Compile a maximum 3-minute travel video in English based around one of the following themes:

  • Learn New Skills
  • Your Backyard
  • Local Legend
  • Festival
  • Roadtrip
  • Seek Experiences

Want a bit of advice before you run off and create your film? Check out Brian’s tips HERE.

2. Go to YouTube or Vimeo to upload your video.

3. Create a journal and fill in the entry form HERE, then follow the simple instructions to upload your video into the post. In under 1200 characters tell about your video;

  • What inspired your subject matter?
  • What has been your filmmaking experience to date?
  • What is your ambition as a filmmaker/presenter and what would winning this scholarship mean to you?

Both your written answers and video submission will be equally considered as part of the judging process.

Visit the official website HERE.

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