Kalu Yala's Media Residency Program

Program Summary

Kalu Yala is looking for field producers and camera ops who are ready to have an impact.  You will spend 4 hours per day working on Kalu Yala's new narrative docu-series and 4 hours working on your own independent work. You will create a show that tells an inspirational story to humanity and build your own reel with great content, unique characters and stunning settings.  

Your will have no rent and your meals will all be prepared for free by our incredibly talented kitchen.

This residency program will provide artists with access to Kalu Yala's locations, media facilities, and in-house expertise. Residents have the opportunity to work in collaboration with various Kalu Yala departments, and get featured on across our robust social media platforms.

As a resident, you'll live and create in a sustainable town being built in the Panama jungle, and travel frequently to Panama City and other tropical locations. You'll meet passionate students, brainy professionals, and salt-of-the-earth locals.  


Film and video, photography, journalism, writing, and blogging, technology, media arts.


1-6 months, depending on performance. We often hire outstanding participants.


A cool and comfortable camp in the Panama rainforest, Panama City, and other tropical locations.


Full housing and meal plan, professional instruction and mentorship, huge international network.

Recent Student and Resident Work

Kalu Yala students respond to Jungletown

Clark Thompson Summer 2017

What is Sustainability to You?

Skylar Knutzen Spring 2017

Kalu Yala in One Word

John DuPre Summer 2016


Brandon Polack Summer 2017

Kalu Kitchen: The Jungle Cooking Show

Skylar Knutzen Spring 2017

Inside the Kalu Yala Institute

Kalu Yala Media Program Fall 2016

How to Apply

Interested artists should email david@filmcanopy.com with C.V and portfolio. You may also want to include links to your website and social media accounts. We are most interested in artists with a budding portfolio. 

Media Residents will be expected to submit brief project proposals with key milestones, and to execute those milestones to maintain residency.

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