We invite proposals for a series of approximately 26 independent documentary films, of 26 minutes each. These will be against a modest grant we expect from Doordarshan. The Films will need to be completed by May 2018.
Format: Full High Definition
Average Budget: Rs 4 lakh for 26 minutes and Rs 7 lakh for a few films of 52 minutesDeadline for Proposal Submission: 06 pm, 22 January 2018
(We encourage filmmakers to submit their proposals at the earliest, and ideally, before the submission deadline, since proposals will be processed simultaneous to their submission.)
We are looking for a range of films – those on people and issues that inspire, those that evoke deep concern or a combination of these. In all cases, they should move beyond the rhetoric of the familiar, offering engaging insights that are nuanced and substantiated, reaching out to the minds and hearts of audiences.
The best films are usually intensely personal, even as they respond to pressing public concerns and crises, such as, the unfolding issues around public and private health care; the state of education; access to justice and legal redress; cultures of violence; the contamination of the air we breathe and the water we drink. We invite filmmakers to submit proposals on subjects and ideas that move and inspire them.
In evaluating proposals, we consider the potential of the filmmaker, the rigour of research that yields a credible and well-argued point of view, juxtaposed with a treatment that will effectively enable, in Grierson’s words, ‘the creative actualisation of reality’.
Filmmakers are encouraged to look at films they can effectively make within the constraints of our budgets and timelines. We are a donor-driven NGO with modest resources, working to empower the independent filmmaker, limited only by the Broadcasting Code and the CBFC.
We look forward to working with you.