Fellowship Izhar by Film presents its first ever fellowship on the
"social and political rights of women"
supported by UN WOMEN
Storytelling via films plays a vital role in bringing social and political awareness to the youth and enables them to actively address social issues through films. Initiatives of Morango Films have always been successful platforms for the youth to exhibit their creative storytelling skills. The 60 Second Intl. Film Festival is an example of the youth-oriented initiatives by Morango Films. 60SIFF encourages anyone with a story to step up and film their thoughts in 60 seconds. 60SIFF has fostered a community of participants and viewers and each year, it gets one step closer to bridging the gap between cultures and creating strong global ties among aesthetically driven individuals.
With a similar mindset Morango Films, now presents the Izhaar By Film Fellowship (IBFF), an initiative that aspires to engage the youth in ‘expressing’ their views through the medium of film through rigorous training and mentorship sessions. This program seeks to inspire young adults to not just involve themselves in a creative process of storytelling through filmmaking but also convey impactful messages to the society. The fellows of IBFF shall become a part of the pool of talented individuals and build a network of like-minded, intellectual and creative youngsters who may create awareness and raise their voice with a collective force, hence leaving a mark wherever their message reaches.
This particular fellowship has been brought to you by Morango Films with the support of UN Women to engage and encourage youth to create awareness regarding the social and political rights of women in Pakistan. The broad areas this fellowship shall focus on include:
This project has its objectives set in employing an area of massive interest to the youth, that is film, to highlight prevalent issues and solutions regarding the political and social status of women in Pakistan. The goal is to engage the youth in an interactive manner, by first holding warm up sessions under the 60SIFF’s prized Campus Ambassadorship program, second conducting capacity building trainings on filmmaking and storytelling for the best 60 youngsters interested in the cause and lastly offering a platform to them to film and display their thoughts and proposed solutions regarding these areas.
The primary aim of the project is to help participants become responsible citizens regardless of their gender and be aware of, and make others aware of, the rights females are entitled to in the society eventually promoting equality in Pakistan.
The process shall begin by an invitation for registration from all over the country for interested candidates. The top 60 candidates will be selected by the IBFF team which carefully studies each application. These top 60 will then be given trainings regarding the art of storytelling through film. The training program will comprise of a hands-on training that will span out to 3 days, covering various aspects of concept development, photography, camera techniques, filmmaking and post-production. This will then be followed by a call for entries from amongst the participants and the public to submit their ideas for short 60 second films that must revolve around the above mentioned areas regarding the rights of women. The best concepts and storytellers will be guided by mentors from the team on how to polish and perfect their ideas into 60 second films. This process shall enable the participants to get hands-on experience in filmmaking and the techniques involved, while shedding light on extremely important social ills. Once this has been done, the films created will then be assessed by renowned jurors such as filmmakers and social activists working for these causes.
The best 10 films will be selected and the filmmakers will be declared the first batch of fellows of the IBF Fellowship program. These filmmakers will be appreciated and commended for their hard work through dissemination of their content on social media and various TV channels. These shortlisted films will culminate into a national level screening and may also be part of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival in 2017.
The best 3 fellows will be awarded with prizes such as partial scholarships, grants or fee reimbursements.
Participants have to fulfill the following requisites: