We seek proposals that aim to tell powerful, moving stories while creatively engaging with the film form. We urge filmmakers to propose ideas that derive from their experiences and truly drive them. The Films should allow for a nuanced and in-depth exploration of the subject. They should have empowering perspectives and strong visual language. We discourage simplistic, information driven, pedantic, universalising, information-driven presentations.
A variety of considerations play a role in our short listing: the significance and topicality of the subject; proposed cinematic and intellectual treatment and narrative arc; the articulation of the point of view and central arguments; the filmmaker’s investment in the story; linguistic, regional and gender diversity; a balance between starting out and experienced filmmakers; the past work and interests of the filmmaker; research inputs; budgetary parameters, inter alia.
If a proposal has not been short listed, it does not necessarily mean that it has been ‘rejected’ or found wanting, per se. Every proposal we receive is valuable and a potentially good film, but with our limited resources, like any competitive process, we are forced to choose only a select number to support.