The Third World Newsreel Production Workshop is a unique “hands-on” media production training program providing practical skills and resources for emerging filmmakers. This intensive six-month program, now in its 46th year, is aimed primarily at members of historically marginalized communities, with limited economic resources and access to mainstream educational institutions or traditional training programs. Offering tools to create fiction or documentary projects, the Media Production Workshop carries on TWN's mission of promoting independent cinema by and about communities of color and other underserved groups and their progressive allies.

The Production Workshop curriculum integrates elements of new digital technologies and transmedia in its training, but its focus is the development of the pre-production, production and post-production skills necessary to take a short 5 minute video project from conception to completion. Working together, workshop fellows conceive and produce their films with the help of instructors and guest lecturers, professionals working in the field of film/video and transmedia. Fellows are expected to complete one individual short video project during the program.

The Production Workshop meets one evening a week at 6:00 PM virtually and an additional 6-8 Saturdays for labs, in-person. The time commitment needed to participate in the program is high and selected fellows must be able to attend regular class meetings as well as meet the out-of-class demands of preproduction, production and post-production.

Prior film, video or related experience is helpful but not required; self-initiative, openness to feedback, a progressive and collaborative spirit are, along with a commitment to meeting class production deadlines and completing one’s film project.

The Production Workshop is limited to 9 participants. A written application is required and selected applicants are chosen for interviews. The cost of the workshop this year is $600, payable in installments.

In 2023, TWN can also offer fellows who complete the program, credits that can be used should they enter a BA or BFA program at Goddard College. Students currently enrolled at Goddard must follow the application guidelines and process. If accepted into the workshop, they can earn credits towards their Humanities requirements. Please email or visit for more information.

The TWN Production Workshop is dedicated to the memory of Herman Lew, longtime Workshop Director, filmmaker and cinematographer. Past Workshop grads include award-winning filmmakers Daresha Kyi, Yance Ford, Byron Hurt, Paula Heredia, Renee Tajima-Peña, Jamal Joseph, and Randy Redroad and many others.

For further information, read our FAQ below, download our application, or email
Third World Newsreel and Goddard College have a mutually beneficial partnership that allows students who complete TWN’s Media Production Training Program to earn up to seven credits toward an Undergraduate Degree at Goddard College, and provides media production training opportunities for currently enrolled Goddard undergraduate students.
TWN gratefully acknowledges the New York State Council on the Arts, the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature for its support of the organization and media training for 2023, and for the Individual Artist grants received by 10 of our fiscal sponsored artists and filmmakers. We also thank the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for its support through the Cultural Development Fund of our media training programs. We thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Kolibri Foundation and the Peace Development Fund for their support—as well as all our individual donors. Be one of them!
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Third World Newsreel (TWN) is an alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, preservation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.

TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Legislature, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, Color Congress, MOSAIC, the National Film Preservation Foundation, New York Humanities, Ford Foundation and the Peace Development Fund, as well as individual donors.

The TWN Workshop will receive support from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2022-2023.