Archive for the ‘Docs’ Category

Genetic Engineering in food and farming- Film Fest

Festival of films on ‘Genetic Engineering in food and farming’ on June 11th and 12th, 2010 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Ashirvad, Bangalore.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES-Karim Nagar Doc Festival

The FOURTH annual






seeks documentaries, short films of any length and format for our 2010 festival taking place in JANUARY 28-31,2010 at KARIMNAGAR, ANDHRA PRADESH.

Festival consists of  competitive section for the PALAPITTA  AWARDS (INDIA ROLLER) for


In the competitive section two PALAPITTA AWARDS for the short and documentary films separately. Winners will be presented Rs.10, 000=00(Rupees ten thousand), Shawl, Memento and a citation as first prize and Rs5000.00 (Rupees five thousand) Shawl, Memento and a citation as second prize for the two categories separately..



GW international documentary fellowships

the documentary center

GW Documentary felllowship is an innovative program at The George Washington University to bring the work of emerging international documentary filmmakers to the world stage .  Twenty selected film makers  will be invited to participate this year.

The program, part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Media and Public Affairs, is designed for filmmakers from countries in which the traditional public or private infrastructure for the production and distribution of documentaries does not currently exist. The fellowship encourages the artistic and technical development of filmmakers, heightens the awareness of their work with program executives from the United States and other Western broadcast outlets and fosters an international dialogue to enhance non-fiction filmmaking throughout the world.

Those selected will make two films on location in Washington, D.C., and New York City using the advanced video technology housed at The Documentary Center. Fellows will meet with top U.S. broadcast executives and will share their work with filmmakers across the U.S. In addition, this year’s program will feature a “Teacher Engagement Project” to encourage area secondary school teachers to use international documentaries in their classes. There also will be opportunities for the public to interact with the filmmakers through programs and events throughout the fellowship period.

Please visit The Documentary Center for application information and more on the Fellowship.  The application deadline is December 4, 2009.For more information about GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs, visit

docedge-10 workshop


Asian Documentary Forum
The 7th edition of docedge International Documentary Workshop

will take place from 12th to 17th of January, 2010

at the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata, India.
This edition of docedge aims to create a platform for intense dialogue on Asian socio-political reality as seen and interpreted by filmmakers through this 3rd Asian Documentary Forum.

The authors will present their new documentary ideas for feedback, input, guidance and possible fund/co-pro support. The workshop includes three days of tutoring and two days of pitching session with a panel of international commissioning editors. Maximum of 24 projects will be critically discussed, tutored and finally pitched to the distinguished panel. A team of internationally acknowledged professionals will train filmmakers through project development clinics and pitch labs in a warm and caring environment where you further improve your ideas and visual pitch.
The last date of submission of projects for consideration is 10th November 2009.

Please log on to for online application and further details.

Meat the truth- Indian premiere


watch the Indian premiere of ‘Meat The Truth’ on October 24th,

on the day of the International day of Climate Action at

CED (Centre for Education and Documentation)

in association with IYCN (Indian Youth Climate Network), FIAPO (Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations) , and

Time : 5:15 pm onwards
Location : CED (Centre for Education and Documentation)
Street: No.7, 8th main, 3rd phase, Domlur 2nd stage, Bangalore- 560071
Ph. 25353397

choti si asha………….

choti siThe documentary film Chhoti Si Asha shows how teaching school dropouts computer skills can help them find new livelihood opportunities-

chhoti si asha

If a graph of the lives of Delhi-based Sanjay Kumar, Jyothi Kumari, Shabnam Hassan, Sunita Rajput and Pooja Kushwaha, among others, were to be plotted, they would all run parallel to each other. Starting with a tiny dot right at the bottom, indicating their impoverished status just a year ago, the curve would rise to a point where they can all proudly claim to have become self-sufficient earning members of Indian society, thanks to their newfound ability to use a computer.

How did this come about?

As can be seen from Usha Albuquerque’s 30-minute documentary titled Chhoti Si Asha, produced by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PBST), the remarkable turnaround was due to the efforts of the Habitat Learning Centre (HLC) that has its offices in New Delhi.

Not a film on the HLC per se, the documentary peeps into the lives of several youngsters who had no hope of either finding a job to sustain themselves or to become successful entrepreneurs. “My father died when I was still a child, and my mother wasn’t able to earn enough to support our family of three people, including my sister. Therefore I dropped out of school in Class VIII and began to help my sister stitch clothes for the women in our area. I also started giving private tuitions to supplement this meagre income. And then, one day, I came across a lady from the HLC who said that I could learn how to use a computer for free,” says Shabnam. Today, Shabnam is studying mass communications at a reputed college in Delhi and wants to become a broadcast media journalist.

For Sanjay, his growing years as a teenager had no meaning other than trying his hand at odd jobs to help sustain his parents and six siblings. His maximum earnings every month did not exceed Rs 1,000. Then, the world of computers opened up a door to entrepreneurship. Sanjay now runs his own Avsar Computer School. “Learning how to operate a computer changed my life and I want to do the same for others. What I have realised is that those without computer skills will have no place in tomorrow’s world. There will come a day when even autorickshaw drivers will necessarily have to learn computers,” he says.

Pooja’s story is no different from the others. Earlier, she would not even dare to dream beyond her job as a petrol pump attendant. But she now has the skills and confidence to draw up her own CV, using Power Point, and go for interviews. “Apart from learning the basics of computers, I also picked up English speaking skills. I used to shy away from attending to customers who spoke in English. Now I can converse with foreigners and understand what they want,” she says. Pooja currently earns Rs 3,000 per month and is exploring various career options.

The interesting thing about HLC is that it does not run a computer institute that doles out certificates and diplomas. As R M S Liberhan, Director, HLC, puts it: “Our prime objective is to provide a meaning and an edge to young people who otherwise have no options to move ahead in life. Providing them with computer skills gives them the ability to take that leap forward and fill the deficit in their lives.”

Set up in February 2002, the HLC also trains facilitators working in slums so that they are able to impart IT education to children. It has recently begun to partner with other NGOs working in the field of child education to push its initiative of spreading IT. “We have been collaborating with 60 NGOs so far to identify smart children and youngsters and train them in the use of computers,” Liberhan explains.

In that sense, Chhoti Si Asha portrays the link that has been formed between the HLC and Delhi’s young and underprivileged. That’s because Albuquerque has taken her camera into the homes of the beneficiaries and interacted with them to understand how exactly their lives have changed for the better. A familiar face because of her earlier stint as an English newsreader on Doordarshan, Albuquerque has produced and directed several documentary films and serials including The Professionals, aired on Doordarshan, and Hum Honge Kamyaab on Zee TV. Her film Seeds Of Life won the national award for Best Agricultural Film in 2004, and her short film Silent Killing, on foeticide, was a finalist for the Child Rights Unicef Award.

What this documentary does is to provide a ray of hope. Even as technology pushes forward at an amazing pace, leaving many floundering and hopelessly out of sync, HLC’s ambitious project shows that even the most illiterate may yet stand a chance of entering the race. So far, HLC has trained over 1,300 children and 250 facilitators. And the count goes up with each passing day…

To place an order for the documentary, write to

By Huned Contractor, from info change filmforum

(Huned Contractor is a freelance journalist and filmmaker based in Pune)

documentary screening on tejaswi


Mayflower media house

is organising the event

Tejaswi smarane- moodigereya Maayavi”.

on 4th April at 6pm to 7.30 pm.

a documentary on Tejaswi named


by Kripaker-Senani

will be screened on the occasion.

Venue: Badami House, Bangalore