Film Scholars Program

Interested in developing the skills to plan, produce and edit new documentary media works? Then apply for Scribe’s Film Scholars program, a series of courses designed to guide emerging documentary filmmakers from conceptualization through completion of their projects. To be eligible you must be a Scribe member, submit an application, and commit to participating in all four courses; Blueprint for Documentaries, Production Management, 14 Week Production Workshop, and Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, beginning in December 2019 and concluding in August 2020.

The 2019-2020 application cycle has closed.


Participation in the program provides you with professional instruction, a cohort of peers for support, motivation and inspiration, the support of Scribe Video Center, the discounted rate on the workshops listed above as well as a discount on suggested supplementary workshops.

The cohort is limited to 10 participants. This is a competitive program that has the goal of building diversity within Philadelphia’s media production industry.

Scribe is offering two free scholarships for the program for eligible applicants who meet certain income guidelines.

Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



Film Scholars Submissions Close - Friday, October 25th, 2019
Film Scholars Notification -  Friday, November 15, 2019
Film Scholars Orientation - Friday, November 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM 



  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a Scribe member
  • Have been actively involved with video production for at least 12 months
  • The Film Scholar’s Program is open to all, but scholarships are only available to participants who meet the following income guidelines: members of families with a combined annual income of less than $50,000 or an individual with an annual income of less than $35,000. We are offering scholarships to 2 individuals, so applications for the scholarship will be competitive.



In the past few years of the program, several Film Scholar participants have gone on to achieve great recognition for the films produced through the program.

The Good Life directed by Carolyn Wilson (Film Scholar 2019) has been awarded Best Documentary New York-Cinemafest; Finalist for the Florence Film Festival for Best Inspirational Film; Finalist for NewFilmMaker Awards for Documentary Semi-Finalist for New York Cinematography AWARDS for Best First Time Director; Semi-Finalist of Los Angeles Film Award for Inspiring Women in a Film; Official Selection for Miami Film Festival for Short Narratives & Docs; Official Selection for Our Time Celebrating Women Festival for Documentary Short; Official Selection for Love Wins Film Festival for Best Short Documentary; Official Selection for PopUp Anthology Film Festival for Documentary Shorts; screened at New Filmmakers New York; and Official Selection for the First Time Filmmaker Showcase with Lift-Off Global Network @ Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom. 

Finding Elijah directed by Yolonda Johnson-Young (Film Scholar 2018) has been awarded "The Spirit Award" at Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, "Short Documentary Audience Award" at the BlackStar Film Festival, "Best Documentary" at the Ocktober Film Festival, "Best Documentary Short - Drama" at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. The film has also been supported by the Cucalorus Festival Work-In-Progress Lab, Good Pitch Local Philadelphia, Arts and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, and Philadelphia Independent Media Fund Grant administered by Scribe Video Center. 

Twin Tongues directed by Iliana Pagan-Teitelbaum (Film Scholar 2018) has screened at the CAMRA Screening Scholarship Media Festival 2019.

Expanding Sanctuary by Kristal Sotomayor (Film Scholar 2018) has received support from Good Pitch Local Philadelphia, 2019 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Work-In-Progress Lab, and the Arts and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation.