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(From L-R) Augusto Bila (Mozambique); Mariam El Marakeshy (Egypt); Nathan Rice (South Africa); Samira Vera-Cruz (Cape Verde); Luyanda Shabalala (South Africa); Janado Nazaré Cher (Mozambique); Tumi Sejoe (Botswana); Guerchom Ndebo (DRC) NiAina Tolotra Ramihangihajason (Madagascar); Chisomo Kây Kawaga (Malawi); Carlos Noronha (Mozambique); Randall Mabwa (Kenya). 

Congratulations to the 12 people selected for the 2023 NEWF (Nature Environment & Wildlife Conservation Trust) African Science Film Fellowship – an immersive, science filmmaking workshop, targeted towards self-contained producers who are passionate about conservation science and science communication.

Two of the fellows – Augusto Bila and Janado Nazaré Cher are employees of Gorongosa National Park.

This first African Science Film Fellowship cohort will embark on a year-long experiential journey, exploring and unpacking what it means to make compelling science films. The Fellowship involves online sessions and workshops, two in-person trips to Gorongosa National Park (June and September), a week at the Jackson Wild Summit in Wyoming, and a final showcase at the #NEWFFellowsSummit & Congress in February 2024.

Each Fellow receives a gear package worth approximately $10,000, ensuring they have the resources to continue producing high quality content as their careers progress.

The 2023 NEWF African Science Film Fellowship is made possible with support from HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, Gorongosa National Park and Africa Refocused (a collaboration between NEWF and National Geographic Society).

NEWF is a permanent platform in Africa for filmmakers, conservationists and scientists to engage, network and contribute through storytelling towards a shared vision of protecting the earths’ natural assets for future generations.

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