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Saturday, July 14, 2018


(Dustin Renwick, programme officer for Storytelling Grants at the National Geographic Society)

The Durban Botanic Gardens is once again the venue for the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF) which will take place at the Durban Botanic Gardens from July 16 to 18, 2018, as part of the city’s nationwide mid-year extensive focus on film.

Dustin Renwick will be one of the guests at NEWF. He helps potential applicants shape project ideas, and he provides initial reviews for all storytelling grant submissions.

He is part of the New Perspectives component of NEWF making a presentation on Monday July 16 from 11h25 until 12h05. The National Geographic Society offers several funding opportunities that support storytelling projects. Learn how you can apply for a grant and join the global community of explorers whose media projects demonstrate the power of science and exploration to change the world.

He will be attending NEWF for the duration of the Congress, on behalf of National Geographic Society. Renwick previously served as the communication lead for the innovation team at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where he helped coordinate citizen science initiatives across the federal government. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and written about subjects ranging from Olympic athletes to literary medicine. 

Film-producers, conservationists, documentary-makers and individuals keen to network and learn more about nature, environment and wildlife filmmaking can still register for the second edition of the Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF). The Congress offers three full days of top-draw networking opportunities, complimentary breakfasts, lunches, cocktails and a myriad presentations by global leaders talking to the themes of New Perspectives; Under the Baobab storytelling; Beyond the Technical and specific case studies.

Final registration is still open for this year’s Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress. Visit for more information. Register now via the NEWF Online Portal. Limited spaces are still available.

For more information, email or contact Pragna on 064 294 0669.