Video Project with 2017 Winner
Watch the video we filmed with the 2017 winner during his filmmaking assignment in Nepal. "The experiences I had not only grew my video production skills but they also helped me grow as a person," Ben, UT Austin student.
Be Mentored by DAI's Cinematographer/Editor
The winner will receive production and post-production mentoring from DAI's experienced filmmaker.
How It Works
The winner of DAI’s 3rd Annual University Filmmaking Contest will travel with DAI to a location TBD in the summer of 2019 to document how DAI is making an impact on leaders and communities in that country, while being mentored by DAI's cinematographer and editor.
What the Selection Team is Looking For
A good entry should:
PLEASE NOTE: Films compiled solely of still shots will not be considered, you need to demonstrate your skill with the moving image.
7-10 Day All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Location TBD
We’ll fly you to a developing world country to capture the work of DAI while you hone your cinematography, interviewing and editing skills on location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any student above the age of eighteen as of May 1, 2018 who attends a public/private university or film school anywhere in the world. The student must be able to speak fluent english and travel internationally.
You need a current passport with at least eight months left before expiry. We’ll assist the winner in acquiring a visa and reimburse all associated costs, however the applicant must be eligible to obtain the required visa.
No. Submissions must be created soley by the person submitting the application.
No, you can only submit one entry.
Yes, you may have some animation, but you must still adhere to the brief.
Yes, but you must have permission/copyrights.
Being able to interview a subject is an important skill in documentary making. Your film should showcase your ability to coax a good story out of your subject. Your brief is to paint your picture for us – show us how they made an impact on you, and potentially others. Find out what kind of person they are, what others think of them and why you find them effective or inspirational. Bring the story to life.
You don’t need to appear in the film. However, you can film yourself or narrate the story if you wish.
Under the mentorship of Henry Ortlip, you will be contributing cinematography and editing to :60 and 3:00 impact videos. The videos will be completed by DAI Marketing.
You will also keep a daily diary about your time on the trip and upload this plus pictures to DAI’s Marketing Director to share on social media.
DAI will share the film on social media, on their website and with potential donors.
These dates are final.
Every day on assignment you’ll catch up with Henry to review your footage, discuss editing and story direction and ask him your filmmaking questions.
Yes, you will need to bring your own gear. You will need to have a camera capable of capturing reasonably good quality video and audio. DSLR’s and camcorders are preferable. However, if you are able to demonstrate you have an excellent eye for a story and an excellent grasp of visual language, we will look past gear limitations.
Only the winner(s) will be allowed on assignment.
2018 Film Contest Winner - Toshi Jamang, Denver Seminary
"I've always been fascinated with the culture and history of Africa. Having won this filmmaking contest was a dream come true for me - getting to travel to a new country and being immersed in the culture there, doing what I love most - making short films. Seeing what DAI does for the young future leaders of Cameroon was inspiring to me. Hearing the stories of the local students and interacting with them inspired me even more.
Most importantly, what this trip did for me, that I didn't expect, was reignite my zeal and passion for missions. It sparked a renewed love for people, for our differences and a desire to find beauty in it all. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life." - Toshi Jamang, 2018 Film Winner
2018 Photography Contest Winner - Emery Launius, Texas State
"As a filmmaker and photographer, getting the opportunity to travel to a third world country and capture DAI's work was one of the best experiences I have had. During the workshops I took photographs of the teachers interacting with the students, which was one of my favorite experiences. Because of this trip, I now have a better understanding of what I want to do after college.
This trip also helped me develop lasting friendships with the DAI staff and another very talented creator, Toshi Jamang. Having another creator on the trip allowed me to grow as a better filmmaker. He mentored me with the right kind of camera gear, settings and editing for videos. This trip was everything I imagined and more. I am so grateful for the amazing opportunity to work with DAI and will remember this experience for the rest of my life." - Emery Launius, 2018 Photography Winner
2017 Winner - Ben Root, University of Texas at Austin
"I had no idea that this trip would make me dramatically rethink the way I create films in every aspect - from shooting, editing and capturing sound to organization, file management and interacting with clients. I am so grateful to DAI for helping me grow and learn about myself, the world and filmmaking." - Ben Root, 2017 Winner