Green Hub Fellowship in Tezpur Assam is a one year residential fellowship for youth across the northeast region of India to learn about environment, wildlife, conservation and climate sustainability through the medium of filmmaking. The fellowship is specially for youth from remote areas and marginalised communities, who are interested to learn, but do not have access to such training.
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20 fellows are selected every year through an application process. The selection is a three stage process which includes phone interviews and face to face interviews. Applications open in December. Phone Interviews are between 20th - 28th of March. Face to face Interviews are between 7th -12th of April.
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The training schedule:
May - August
Technical workshops on photography, videography, editing to storytelling
Natural History Overview
Talks by practitioners ( Conservation, Gender, Well Being )
Self Portraits back home
Story-Telling workshop and preparation for field work
August - April
Field shoot in partnership with organisations
Edits of short films at Green Hub
Mentoring & Cross Learning sessions
Refresher Course (December)
Documentor Workshop (December)
Fellow Futures Interaction
Green Hub festival and graduation
Arrival of new batch
Gurmeet is a Delhi based wildlife filmmaker. After a short stint in Journalism and TV production, he decided to follow his heart and made his first wildlife film on butterflies called 'Chasing Butterflies’. The film bagged an award at VATAVARAN 2002. He loves making films for children - and his films are best known for their engaging stories featuring strong visuals, testimonies, narratives and soulful music. When not making wildlife films, Sapal works as director and cameraman, providing filming services to some of the best broadcasters and companies in the world.
Nitin is an independent filmmaker based out of New Delhi, India. He has initiated an international environment film project that involves people from 19 countries. An alumnus of IIM Lucknow, Nitin has set up a film production house to make “Extraordinary films with Ordinary people.” His travels, to many beautiful places, made him realise that they were fast disappearing. When he came across an article in the National Geographic about forest therapy, he realized he had found a way to reconnect people with nature, prompting him to found his Healing Forest initiative (https://healingforest.org). Nitin has won a special award from the British Council for creative entrepreneurship in the social sector. For his work he has been selected as an Asia Society Fellow, being one of 21 people chosen across Asia each year.
Shilpi grew up hoping to be a wildlife filmmaker and was quite pleasantly surprised to have living her dream. A founding partner at Dusty Foot Productions, she has spent more than 20 years now working on documentaries and television programs related to the environment and wildlife. She won the Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar for the film ‘The Wild Meat Trail’ in 2010 and has been part of several award winning films of Dusty Foot Productions. Shilpi’s strength lies in her incredible ability to visualise concepts in an out of the box manner. This applies across her various skills ranging from editing to design work – giving it an edge that makes it stand out. Shilpi also trained in underwater filming and is a College of Art graduate. Shilpi conducts various workshops for youth from remote areas and marginalized communities across the country. She is one of the core resource persons at Green Hub for videography as well as an internship mentor during the fellowship year, guiding the fellows in all aspects of filmmaking.
An engineering graduate from IIT, Kanpur (1987), Sanjay spent twenty successful years in the corporate world which he quit in 2008 to devote himself to conservation work. He is now a full-time naturalist with an interest in writing and photography. His natural history interests include birds, butterflies, amphibians and reptiles – all things that move, really. Sanjay and his NGO Titli Trust (https://www.titlitrust.org) are involved in numerous conservation projects in the eastern and western Himalayas where ecotourism models are deployed to protect ecosystems, involving and benefiting local communities. He also writes nature columns for the Hindustan Times and the New India Express and has co-authored “Birds of Pune”, “Butterflies of the Garo Hills” and “Butterflies and Moths of Pakke Tiger Reserve”.
Sanjay is a founder member of Moving Images, a Delhi-based media production team. He set up Srishti Films, a production house, to enable students to learn professional documentary filmmaking. He has produced documentaries on a diverse range of subjects including high altitude mountain climbs in the Himalayas. He combines his considerable climbing and trekking experience with filmmaking and has filmed extensively at altitudes above 21,000 feet in the Himalayas. Sanjay’s films have been nominated and won awards at several international film festivals. He was awarded the CMS Prithvi Ratna in 2016.
Sumit is a self-taught filmmaker and environment enthusiast, learning from his many experiences of working on-field. He was with Dusty Foot Productions from August 2009 to January 2014 as camera Person and editor. Sumit is also associated with Tuning Fork Films where he has helped conduct filmmaking courses across the country for a wide background of people including students, educators and professionals. Sumit initially came to Green Hub as a resource person for editing and as an internship mentor during the year. In 2018 he shifted with his family to Tezpur and now oversees the multiple technical aspects at Green Hub from the Video management system, training assistants team to mentoring the fellows. Sumit is a great cook, likes to cycle and his life revolves around his family - his wife and best friend Shweta and their two kids, Ahaana and Ahaan.
Rodin Rahman is a hearing - impaired professional photographer based in Tezpur, Assam, India. He is an Alumni of The One School Goa and has a diploma in photography and filmmaking. Rodin joined Green Hub as a Photography mentor in December 2019. His presence has stepped up the focus on photography for the fellows, with regular assignments and feedback sessions. Rodin lives and breathes photography and it is great to see him in the field constantly looking for angles and unique vantage points. He loves to wander around on his two wheeler, is a fitness freak and enjoys tamul and king chillies.
Rintu never knew she’d end up making films for a living. Following a degree in English literature, she happened to explore the film course at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre and ever since, has been in love with the craft. Rintu, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Black Ticket Films, is an exceptional planner and multitasker and has been managing projects spanning corporate videos to documentaries and multimedia pieces to short films. In her spare time, she dives into Calvin and Hobbes and loves all things Tarantino.
Sushmit is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Black Ticket Films. Following a Master’s degree in film production from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Sushmit has been exploring ways to create a unique cinematic language for films. He brings an infectious vibe to work and even on a day loaded with crazy deadlines, you’ll find him at peace with his collection of AC/DC.
Nilotpal is the Founder-President of the Documentary Resource Initiative (DRI), Kolkata. He is the brain behind the prestigious ‘DocedgeKolkata’ - Asian Forum for Documentary, an intensive incubation cum pitching forum for Indian Asian filmmakers. DRI is a collaborative partner of Green Hub and conducts the “Documentor” workshop every year for fellows and interested filmmakers in this region. Nilotpal is a Postgraduate from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune with specialization in Editing. He has been working as Writer, Director, Editor and Cinematographer for documentary and fiction, too. Presently he is the Director, Manipur State Film & Television Institute, Imphal, Manipur.
Nandini is a conservationist, writer and educator who is a trained field biologist. She has worked in and around the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh for over a decade. Nandini combines academic rigor with
in-depth field experience, obtaining her PhD from James Cook University in Australia and her Master’s degree from the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Wildlife Conservation Society, while she worked with the Bugun and Sherdukpen tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. At Green Hub, Nandini acts as a visiting resource person mentoring fellows from Arunachal and supplementing research for films that explore the relationships between communities and their native landscapes.
Ram Alluri is a wildlife and conservation filmmaker working with both people and wildlife, often covering conflict situations. As an explorer for National Geographic and the Scientific exploration Society, he has worked with a wide range of camera systems, including broadcast and 360, to tell conservation stories from the remotest parts of India. He is the creator of 'Arunachal Virtual Archive', a project funded by the National Geographic Society that introduced Virtual Reality as a nature education module for indigenous youth in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019.
Suresh has been studying and documenting the biodiversity of the Western Ghats for the last thirty-five years, while also working at the State Bank of Travancore. He has written prolifically for several newspapers and journals and has produced about fifty documentaries, several of them for State Government Departments. His book "Butterflies" for children bagged 2 State awards for Best Popular Science Book for Children. His short film 'In Quest of the Frog-Moth's Nest' was a finalist in the BBC Wildscreen Film Festival 2002 and “Angels in Tigerland” has won Best Cinematography and Best Film at prominent festivals across the country.
Sudeep Elamon has been doing wildlife film making for the last 3 years. He worked as an assistant cameraman in the series LIFE FORCE 2 by NHNZ. He has worked for indiavideos.org as the main DOP for a documentary in the Himalayas. One of his films was the finalist at CMS Vatavaran Wildlife film festival Delhi, India. He is also a certified PADI scuba diver.
Pooja is a multimedia artist with a focus on science communication, from Hyderabad, India. With a specialist interest in ecology and wildlife conservation, she uses design thinking to develop multimedia content for science education. Her hands-on approach to communicating conservation has taken her across the world to work on a wide spectrum of projects: from assisting on media workshops in the remote Peruvian Amazon to filming in the Maldives, and developing campaign media to protect the dugongs of the Andaman Islands. She collaborates with a range of experts across disciplines to make a positive impact in conservation, such as field biologists, independent researchers, filmmakers and leading environmental organisations in the country. She was the recipient of the Jackson Wild Emerging Filmmaker Summit Scholarship in 2019 and has been selected as fellow in Jackson Wild Media Lab 2020 where she was among the top 12 candidates.
Fellowship Mentor Support Group
Nandita is a natural resource management and energy-environment consultant based in Guwahati and also founder-member at Ecosystems-India. Her work in the last two decades has involved research on energy and environment issues, and community-based initiatives related to wildlife conservation, renewable energy and alternative livelihoods, which she has pursued at institutions such as The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and WWF-India. Nandita is also engaged in conservation programs for some highly endangered species such as the pygmy hog and the greater adjutant stork. Nandita has a Masters in Geography from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow (2001-2002) under the Fulbright Program at University of Washington, Seattle.
Founding Director of the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme (PHCP), has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to conservation by the IUCN Species Survival Commission. He has played a crucial role in leading the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme in north-eastern India since 1995, and has done more to revive this critically endangered species than anyone else.
Dr. Naveen Pandey
Deputy Director and Veterinary Advisor, The Corbett Foundation, Kaziranga. One of the most experienced veterinary surgeons in India, he has over 14 years of experience in the field. He lays emphasis on Preventive Medicine, Disease Surveillance and Conservation Medicine to contain the spread of diseases amongst wildlife.
Bano Haralu is a journalist and a conservationist. She is the director of the Nagaland Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Trust. Her work has been instrumental in saving the Amur Falcon from being slaughtered in hundreds every year and becoming a symbol of conservation.She worked with Doordarshan, NDTV and was the editor of Eastern Mirror. She was awarded the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediapersons and Nari Shakti Puraskar.
Kiran is a seasoned media specialist with over two decades of work that extends from mainstream media to development communication. An alumnus of the Mass Communication and Research Center (MCRC), Kiran's expertise lies in scripting, directing and producing content across platforms. Kiran’s expertise has been an integral and invaluable part of Green Hub’s annual 3-day Festival.
Shibani Chaudhury is the exective director of Dusty Foot Foundation. She started her carrier with wildlife and environment films, and was part of several award winning projects including The Last Migration and Shores of Silence - whale Sharks in India, both of which won the Panda award also known as the Green Oscar, at Wildscreen Festival, UK. Post that she worked in different capacities in the devlopment sector. She was the Head - Communications and Campaigns, IFAW-WTI and post 2010, was Executive Director, SRUTI(Society for Rural, Urban & Tribal Initiative), an organization committed to empowering marginalized people on issues of natural resource management, small-holder agriculture, gender equality, among others. Subsequently, she has worked independently helping re-vision and restructure the PVRNest Childscapes programme for children at risk around the Delhi-NCR. She has also worked on several independent assignments and films in recent years. Shibani loves being around plants and enjoys writing.
Tamara Law Goswami
Tamara Law Goswami has work experience spanning over 21 years in the fields of Environment, Energy and
Sustainability. She serves on the Advisory Board of Annadana, a farmers’ welfare and seed conservation
organisation based out of Bangalore, India. Before moving to North East India, she worked with a social
enterprise in sustainable farming systems and chemical-free food. She was a member of The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) team, working with the Prime Minister’s Council, Government of India on defining Nationality Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for India, towards development under a climate sensitive regime. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. She has contributed to several research articles, such as ‘Lead in Paint and Soil in Karnataka and Gujarat, India’, in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene and has various other publications to her credit. A nature lover at heart, she is currently involved in education and awareness related to issues of sustainability and conservation.
This dimension of her work includes writing and narration of scripts for wildlife and conservation documentaries
and mentoring students and professionals of interrelated streams.