School of Media Studies

Applications for the Southern Exposure Film Fellowship Program 2023 are open NOW!

The Southern Exposure Film Fellowship program 2023 is based in Birmingham, Alabama, and is a paid opportunity during the summer.

Now in its 11th year, Southern Exposure provides a positive and challenging learning experience to exceptional film students and emerging filmmakers from across the country seeking to explore and develop their talent as environmental advocates through nonfiction storytelling. This innovative summer fellowship equips students with the skills, equipment, content knowledge, and contacts to create authentic, engaging, inspiring films intended to raise public awareness about important issues facing Alabama’s environment — from the mountains to the coast. The selected fellows will use their skills and talents to serve local communities and the environmental organizations that support them.

The selected film fellows will spend the summer working in partnership with Alabama Rivers Alliance’s partner groups and other state environmental organizations, who will provide guidance on film topics and crucial community contacts to help the fellows create the short documentaries that will be most useful for raising awareness and advocating for the protection of Alabama’s special places. 

The Southern Exposure films are screened at events throughout Alabama, and have been featured in film festivals across the country, including the national Wild & Scenic Film Festival and have traveled the country as part of their On Tour program.

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