Shorts from real life 

Opportunity to create short documentary 

Intends topromoteidea-driven short documentaries that discuss and evoke issues affectingour daily lives. IDocs objective is to sensitize young filmmakers instimulating greater public debate where ideas are evolved from real life and expressedcinematically.  The short actuality projectIDocsisan integral part of our year-roundmentoringprogrammeDocumentor, generouslysupported by Yes Foundation and in association with GoetheInstitut, Kolkata.

Selected filmmakers will be invited for twostages of mentoring sessions. 

The First Session – filmmakers will be invited for three days ofIdea Development LabGoetheInstitut, Kolkata. After intensive mentoring, 5 projects will beselected for commissioning.


Dates : 1- 4 February2016
Place : Goethe Institut, Kolkata

The Second Session – once the rough-cut (selected projects) ismade, filmmakers attend another rigorous mentoring session at Rough Cut Labtofine-tune the films under the guidance of an expert team consisting ofeditor/filmmakers.

Dates : 4 -7 April2016

Place : GoetheInstitut, Kolkata

What we want
We are looking for innovative ideas that evoke authors’ personal take on issues(women issues) that affect life and people and are artistically expressed in acinematic language. We want shorts are to be of excellent cinematic quality andnot propagation films. The concepts should focus on long- term impact ofquestions we need to negotiate now.

We want filmmakers to be compassionate, precise and ready to work onchallenging themes for an effective communication.

There is, although it is not restricted to specific issues, a generalindication to understand the content we are looking at …

Women and her social-political space
Food – future crisis, impending conflict
Water – Where do we get it?
Man vs ecology

The applicant should be strictly max. 30 years old, Indian citizen andcompleted at least one documentary film.

Duration of Films – Maximum 3-5 minutes

Important dates - Application

SubmissionCloses  : 22 January 2016

Idea Development Lab
February 1-3  2016


Rough Cut Lab

April 4-7 2016

Log line – 70 Words
Synopsis - 200 Words
Treatment – 300 Words
Director’s statement – 250 words
Age proof document ( upload)
Max 4 Minutes sample of previous work
Applicant’s Photo

Maximum Production Budget – INR 2,00,000 > 2,50,000

Application Fees
With application entry fees : INR 1000
After Selection : INR 5000

Pleasesend the Demand Drafts to the address mentioned below :


Documentary Resource Initiative
48 Netaji Colony 
Kolkata 700090


Application Form (online only)

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