Film Talents II – Voices from Pakistan and Afghanistan

Goethe-Institut Pakistan is pleased to announce an open call for application for the long-awaited second round of “Film Talents II – Voices from Pakistan & Afghanistan”. The series of mentoring workshops aimed at emerging young filmmakers in Pakistan and Afghanistan will be held in 2019 and 2020 in Pakistan. Closing date for applications is midnight on 10 September 2019

The call is open to final-year film, multimedia and art students and recent graduates in these fields who are willing to commit to participating. Applicants must be nationals of and reside in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan. Selected grantees are not restricted in theme or format (feature or documentary film). However, priority will be given to themes of untold stories, that make unheard voices from Pakistan and Afghanistan heard, for national and international audiences.
Selected participants will be provided support for accommodation and travel from Afghanistan and other cities in Pakistan for the workshops in Karachi or in Lahore. The programme will also offer seed funding for short film projects by the selected filmmakers. These projects will be further developed with each filmmaker, under mentorship provided at the workshops. A jury composed of regional and international professionals will choose the successful applicants on the basis of their quality[1], innovation, the relevance of their proposal for the social context of their countries and the expected impact their proposed project could have.

At the end of the programme the successful participants will be supported in making an application to the Berlinale Talents, IDFA and/or similar festivals.
Who will lead the programme?

The workshops, conceived by the Goethe-­Institut Pakistan in Karachi, will be conducted by award winning filmmakers Sabiha Sumar (Karachi) and Till Passow (Berlin) and a number of mentors, partners and trainers from Pakistan and Afghanistan. They will train the filmmakers on capacities in developing a film project, screenwriting, implementation of the idea, producing a trailer and pitching and presenting their project[2]. The programme focuses on enhancing the career opportunities for young filmmakers both locally and internationally. 
Workshop dates?

The workshops will take place in Karachi between October and December and throughout 2020. Each workshop is up to 10 days long.

Application deadline:

10 September 2019 at midnight AFT or PKT.

Click here to access application form

Possible dates for the first workshop:  7 – 17 October 2019 (tbc)

The second workshop would take place in November or December (tbc).

All applicants will be contacted until end of September 2019 by email with an answer on their application.

The Film Talents II – Voices from Pakistan and Afghanistan programme is intended to support the professional development and creative production skills of young film makers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Goethe-Institut is convinced that young film makers from the region can foster understanding of their local communities both locally and internationally.

This programme is designed to help young filmmakers tackle the challenges they face and to bridge a gap between formal education in film and media in Pakistan and Afghanistan and actual production in the field. Through mentoring, this programme will also help young filmmakers develop storytelling methods to engage with audiences and the insights needed to break through to international festivals.

In today’s world, documentary research and film offer both tools and platforms to connect people through stories. Among the demographically young populations of Pakistan and Afghanistan there is great potential for talent in creative production to address the social issues they see locally. Both countries are home to very diverse communities. There is a pressing need for young people in this region to become aware of the positive possibilities of a diversity of narratives as well as the potential for a wider (international) impact.

Zoya Ahmed
Programme Co-ordinator
Tel. 021-365661633-6

[1] We define quality as the ability of projects to combine social relevance, artistic excellence, newness of proposed idea and impact on local contexts with a global relevance
[2] During the course of the workshops each participant will be supported to produce one or two short films and to present and pitch their projects at international film festivals.

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