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StoryMi Documentary Film Fellowship

Are you a professional Nigerian documentary filmmaker looking to produce your own documentary, but need financial support and professional advice?  

The French embassy in Nigeria, in partnership with StoryMi Academy, is launching the Documentary Film Fellowship, to boost the documentary industry in Nigeria. This initiative aims to respond to a need expressed by Nigerian journalists, international media and international film festivals to showcase more productions about Nigerian culture, history, or social issues.

Two renowned documentary filmmakers - Louise Monlau (New York Times, Al Jazeera)* and Mayeni Jones (BBC)* - will accompany and support six selected applicants, to strengthen their capacities and produce quality documentaries. The program aims to improve your technical and storytelling skills while developing a sustainable career plan.

During this 9-month project, each participant will develop their personal documentary, backed by a 1 million Naira grant.

The Documentary Film Fellowship is implemented by the French Embassy in Nigeria, in partnership with StoryMi Academy, and Alliance Française in Lagos.


It revolves around three main components:

  1. Two 8-day workshop sessions in Lagos (All costs of transportation from different regions of the country & accommodation covered)

  • One session on filming and production techniques and identification of an individual project (end of January 2023);

  • One session on postproduction (July 2023).

   2. Remote coaching (February to August 2023)

  • Remote coaching and support for the development of an individual project (Production of a 20 minute documentary); 

   3. Screening night and broadcasting (September 2023)


What are the conditions to apply? 

  • Be a Nigerian national and reside in Nigeria

  • Have a proven experience in journalism, filmmaking 

  • Have your own equipment

How to apply? 

Send an email to before the 1st of December with the following : 

  • A CV (max 3 pages) 

  • Cover letter describing your experience in documentary journalism and why you want to apply for this fellowship

  • A short pitch of a twenty minute to one hour documentary you would like to produce

Results will be announced on the 20th of December

Festivals and Awards

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To say that my experience at Storymi Academy was great, would be an understatement!

The documentary program has broadened my perspective and horizons on how to make a good film to meet the International standards and market! It has given me the ability to  feel confident in myself and work! It has exposed me to greater opportunities! I’m more proud of my career as an independent filmmaker. 

- Nana Mohammed

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