Film Scholars Program

The 2019-2020 application cycle has opened! 

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.

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. For an application, please click below or email






Film Scholars Submissions Close - Friday, October 25th, 2019

Film Scholars Notification -  Friday, November 15, 2019

Film Scholars Orientation - Thursday, 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.


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