Letʼsdoc Fellowship Programme aims to celebrate the fresh independent documentary vision and foster emerging talent through two mentoring sessions of 4 days each. Sessions will be mentored by some of the prominent Indian in the field of documentary.

This is the 2nd edition of Letʼsdoc/DRI fellowship programme intending to and encourage talented, emerging documentary filmmakers in India, invigorating them with necessary input for international partnership and co-production.

The sessions offer further development of the proposed concept/idea, providing input on skill of writing for documentary and creating a visual trailer to deal with the increasingly competitive environment of international co-production.

The mentors will be finally deciding at the end of 2nd session two grantees for fellowship.



Project Focus

Mentoring and preparing Indian projects at an early stage of development through robust incubation labs.

What the fellowship offers

The Letʼsdoc Fellowship offers two sessions of mentoring by four mentors of four days each to twelve Indian filmmakers selected from the open application process. The sessions will take place in Kolkata.

During each session, mentors will work closely with each fellow to guide him/her to help evolve the current work, offering hands-on advices, strategies and relevant input.

On successful completion of the mentoring sessions and submission of the required deliverables within the stipulated time frame, the participants will be eligible for selection of two development grants for further enhancement of projects. The available grants are only for two participants as decided by the faculty jury based on the prospects and merit of the projects.

The two winners of the development grant will additionally be provided with individual online mentoring for their respective projects for further assistance.

Types of Media & Subject

Letʼsdoc is open to socially relevant, creative documentary narratives, told with unique personal viewpoint.


This fellowship is created to support documentary filmmakers. We want to hear stunning stories from the documentary community. The ideas/concepts are expected to have the potential for a socially engaging creative documentary with universal appeal.

Applicants may be filmmakers of any age but at an early stage of their filmmaking careers. Applicant must be an Indian citizen willing to travel to Kolkata for the workshops for mandatory participation.


Each of the twelve participating filmmakers would get a Participation Grant of INR 7,500 on successful completion and submission of required deliverables at the end of each mentoring lab.

Two out of 12 selected projects will be awarded a Development Grant of INR 1,00,000 each after the successful completion of the second mentoring session.

Disbursement of Development Grant

The letʼsdoc Fellowship (Seed Grant) will be disbursed as per the following:
70% - On signing of the agreement.
30% - On submission of the final deliverables.


Session 1

The filmmakers need to submit a clear delineation of the Narrative Outline of their projects within 15 days of attending the first session of mentoring.

The filmmakers will also need to submit a Revised Treatment of the project along with a Revised Visual Clip of 3-5 minutes.

Development Grant

The filmmakers will be required to submit an edited cut of 10 to 15 minutes of their project as the final submission for the Development Grant they receive.

They will also have to submit a final revised written proposal of their projects complete with the Logline, Synopsis, Treatment, Character Sketches and Directorʼs Statement within the stipulated word limit as guided by the letʼsdoc team.


All the sessions are mandatory. Filmmakers failing to attend any of the sessions will not be eligible for the participatory and final grant.

Filmmakers are required to make their own arrangement for travel, accommodation, and food during the course of the mentoring sessions in Kolkata. Documentary Resource Initiative will only pay a consolidated sum of INR 7,500 as Participation Grant to each participant for each session.

The timeline for the sessions and their deliverables are non-negotiable. Any filmmaker failing to submit the required deliverables within the desired timeline will need to reimburse/refund the Participation Grant given to the filmmaker.

Similarly, the grant awardee failing to submit the required deliverables within the desired timeline will have to reimburse/refund the grant amount given to them.

The grant awardee will be eligible for the final installment of the grant only after satisfactorily submitting the required deliverables at the end of the first installment.

The grant winners will be required to include Letʼs Doc/DRI Logo along with the following text in the credits of their final films.



How to Apply

The application for Letʼsdoc can be made only through the online application process. The online application will be available till 23:59 (IST) of August 15, 2018. Applications made over mail or not submitted before the deadline will not be accepted.

Application Requirements

Logline: The brief idea in one line only.

Synopsis: 600 words max.

Give a clear description of your film, the intended story, briefly elaborating characters, story-space, theme, issue and subject it deals with. .

Treatment: 1200 words max.

The treatment may include background information, story outline, visual approach, main protagonists, artistic intervention to evolve the story and ensuing moments that reflect the story flow. Provide a clear overview of whatʼs going to happen (or what you think will happen) with regard to the core conflict and resolution in the story.

Visual Clip: Trailer of current project / previous work (3 to 5 mins. max.)

Make sure the clip is representative of the final film you have in mind and that the visuals compliment the written proposal.

Selection Process

The selection (by an independent jury) will be based on the filmmakerʼs creative and artistic vision, besides the relevance of the subject. Unique/innovative point of view and artistic command of the filmmaker will be given additional consideration.

The selection is final and no communications will be entertained with regard to the evaluation process after the final selection is announced.



Application Call Opens   July 1, 2018
Application Call Closes   August 15 (23:59 - IST), 2018
Selection Result   September 1, 2018
Session 1 (Kolkata)   September 26-29, 2018
Session 2 (Kolkata)   November 13-18, 2018
Seed Grant Announcement   November 18, 2018
Signing of the agreement   November 20, 2018
Disbursement of grant - 50%   November 25, 2018
Online Mentoring   December 10-11, 2018
Final Submission   December 15, 2018
Disbursement of grant - Final 50%   December 28, 2018

(The dates and other conditions are subject to change)

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