The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship is dedicated to empowering the next generation of outdoor filmmakers, creatives and activists to inspire change.
We are an academic leadership program focusing on 3 core elements:
1. Impacting the lives of our fellows.
2. Creating awareness for our subject matter.
3. Inspiring change in our world.
While each endeavor creates individual outcomes, collectively they fulfill our mission of empowering filmmakers, creatives and activists to inspire change.
The Experience: each summer, we select a team of passionate and talented individuals who are looking to add a practical and experiential application to their formal education. Each fellow is paired with one of our award winning mentors for the term of the fellowship to build an entire media driven environment and documentary film focused on a single issue, cause or story facing our world today.
our fellows will face a wide range of challenges that personally and professionally invoke passion, character and leadership. Framed by our values, passions and ideals, the fellowship will blend their interdisciplinary backgrounds to best capture and express their findings, experiences and outcomes through film and the arts.
The focus of the 2016 film: This year, our field expedition is taking us on location to Namibia, Africa, where we will be creating a short film, focused on the life of a conservationist and wildlife activist Aleksandra Orbek-Nilssen and her work with the indigenous Ju/'hoan San Tribe. Focusing our lens and education on how a tribe considered to be one of the world's oldest cultures are currently leading efforts to preserve Namibia's most coveted natural habitats, while fighting to preserve their own cultural ecosystems.
A special thanks to those dedicated to support, inspire and empower the next generation of Outdoor Filmmakers, Creatives & Activists!
Q & A:
Who Can Participate?
Each year we accept 8 passionate and talented individuals looking to inspire change in the world. The roles are available to post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students from around the world who are looking to put a practical experiential application to their formal education. If you have a talent in any of the provided fellowships positions and consider yourself are a "Do'er", this is a program for you.
What is The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship?
We are an academic leadership program focusing on 3 core elements: 1.) Impacting the lives of our fellows. 2.) Creating awareness for our subject matter. 3.) Inspiring change in our world. While each endeavor creates individual outcomes, collectively they fulfill our mission of empowering filmmakers, creatives and activists to inspire change. *Note: We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization
Have More Questions?
We would love to hear from you! Simply email info@TheCousteauFellowship.org and we will answer any questions you have. We are also available to set up a call if you would like to talk about the fellowship in person.
About Céline Cousteau:
Céline S. Cousteau is a French-American explorer, filmmaker, and activist. Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, Céline holds a masters in International and Intercultural Management, has worked on over 18 documentaries as presenter and field producer. She is currently the Director of CauseCentric Productions, a member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans, Ambassador for The TreadRight Foundation, Ambassador for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program, and a Keen Footwear brand ambassador. Céline also sits on the advisory board of The Himalayan Consensus and Marine Construction Technologies and loves hugs. Learn more about Céline here!
"We are so excited to be hosting the fellowship on a campus that shares in both curriculum, environmental values and passion to empower the next generation of filmmakers. UCSB is the perfect home for our program to cultivate creative minds and empower activists to inspire change!"