Rafay Latif (IBFF Fellow – Karachi, Sindh) –
"As a part of IBFF I gained the opportunity to actually 'express' myself, and was appreciated for it."
Rani Wahidi (IBFF Fellow - Quetta, Balochistan) –
"I have learned so much since the first day of applying for the fellowship. With IBFF we were able to prove that the men and women of Balochistan are extremely talented."
Ahmed Hassan (IBFF Fellow – Islamabad, Pakistan) –
"We need to have more programs like this, because we have so much talent around us and less platforms."
Asfa Syed (Top 25 - Karachi, Sindh) –
"I learned so much about the cultural diversity in Pakistan and made so many new friends. Thank you IBFF!"
Raiha Akram (IBFF Fellow - Rawalpindi, Punjab) –
"Don't stop. Whatever you have, your phone, your DSLR or your digital camera, just film!"
Sangeeta Thappa (Deputy Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan) –
"I can sense the passion of these young filmmakers, men and women, the passion to contribute to the society and bring the society towards gender equality and women's empowerment."
Abrar Ul Hassan (Founder/Director IBFF) –
"We have forgotten how to think. We don’t question anything. These are the things that create stories; these are the things that help find a solution to the problems around us."
Building on the basic right of freedom of opinion and expression, Izhar By Film Fellowship is a platform for the youth that encourages, trains and celebrates 'expression' (izhar) through storytelling and filmmaking. Izhar By Film has been created with the sole motive to harness the power of storytelling and the medium of film in order to empower individuals so they raise their voice on issues that matter to them and the community around them. This program seeks to train young adults through rigorous training and mentorship sessions to not just involve themselves in a creative process of storytelling through filmmaking but also convey impactful messages to the society.
The Izhar By Film Fellowships are carefully designed programs that train and mentor the selected participants regarding the art of storytelling on a social issue and give them a platform to exhibit their learning.
The Izhar By Film Fellowship on the Social and Political Rights of Women in Pakistan was brought forward with the support of UN Women to engage and encourage youth to create awareness regarding the mentioned rights of women in Pakistan. The broad areas this fellowship included; harassment-free workplaces and educational institutes, women's access to safe public spaces, internet safety for women and women's political rights.
The top 60 candidates were selected out of over 200 applications for the first-ever four-day fellowship training which commenced in Islamabad in February 2017. The program comprised of a hands-on training covering various aspects of concept development, photography, camera techniques, filmmaking and post-production with guidance of esteemed mentors.
Following the trainings the participants submitted films, which were then judged by the IBFF Jury. The best films were acknowledged at a national screening in March 2017, in the capital of Pakistan. Those behind the top 10 films were declared the first batch of fellows of the Izhar By Film Fellowship program. That was not all, as the top 3 received scholarship grants of 100,000 PKR (1ST Prize), 50,000 PKR (2ND Prize) and 25,000 PKR (3RD Prize).
Speaking of the initiative, Mr. Jamshed Kazi (Country Representative, UN Women Pakistan) said, "With a new generation of aspiring filmmakers benefiting from the first-ever Izhar by Film Fellowship, we look forward to seeing a move beyond tired stereotypes that constrain women's access to and participation in social and political activities, a move that simultaneously inspires public action against gender inequalities."
The Second Fellowship focused on empowering citizens through storytelling with the support of Open Society Foundations and aimed to build the capacity of 25 students in Gilgit Baltistan on the art of citizen journalism.
In a 5-day Training program, 25 students participated in the intensive trainings on the importance and techniques of citizen journalism in Pakistan. This training focused on enabling the youth to raise their voice through reporting for their community using various mediums including film, especially with regards to the social context of Gilgit-Baltistan. The participants submitted exemplary films and reports representing the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
Izhar By Film Fellowship presents its third Fellowship targeting yet another crucial social issue that needs to be addressed. The Izhar By Film Fellowship on Accountability and Transparency, has been brought to you with the support of Accountability Lab to create a more accountable and responsible youth in Pakistan and encourage transparency in Pakistan.
This exclusive fellowship shall train 12 individuals in the art of storytelling and filmmaking towards the production of a 60-Second documentary on accountability and integrity encouraging constructive debate and public motivation to eradicate corruption and immorality in Pakistan.
This fellowship aims to utilize Film as a medium to highlight and ‘express’ the corrupt and immoral acts from the highest officials to the common man, which take place on a daily level and eventually prompt society’s thoughts on internalizing integrity and focus on bringing a change from within. The best films shall be promoted and celebrated on various platforms by IBFF, giving due recognition to the talented filmmakers.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
DEADLINE: 20th February 2018
Izhar By Film Fellowship presents its fourth Fellowship aimed at sensitizing the Pakistani youth on the basic rights of citizens through empowerment with knowledge in citizen journalism. The fellowship, being presented with the support of Open Society Foundations, will feature trainings for youth representatives on reporting tools such as visual storytelling, videography and radio broadcasting, in order to provide them a platform for creating awareness and raising their voice through digital mediums. The fellowship will also serve to connect like-minded individuals from the youth on a mutual platform to make informed decisions and collectively find solutions for issues related to citizen rights.
This exclusive fellowship will train a total of 55 participants, including 30 in storytelling and filmmaking and 25 in radio/social media. The training period will span over a number of days, comprising of sessions by several experts in the field, providing an opportunity for participants to engage with professionals who have practical experience in the field.
The best content will be recognized by IBFF at a national event at the end of the project. The content will also be disseminated on the established online portal (Citizen Journalism Network) and social media platforms to gain maximized outreach and impact a large volume of audiences on their rights and duties as a citizen.
Following these activities, the best trainees will be facilitated to continue creating quality journalistic content for the online portal for a period of one year.
In order to be eligible, applicants must:
All genders (Male, Female, and Transgender) are encouraged to apply.
The journey of the Izhar By Film Fellowship does not end with the completion of the program. Fellows automatically become a part of the IBFF Alumni Network which comes with its own perks and benefits. Besides being a part of a vast community of leaders and filmmakers, becoming an alumnus means access to a wide support group of creative individuals that may learn from each other and work together in future projects.
As a part of the IBFF Alumni Network, the individuals gain access to small grants and funding opportunities for short films, conducting screening events or even conducting trainings and workshops to spread the knowledge obtained through IBFF. The preference will be towards those individuals and groups who want to continue work that reforms the society as a whole.
The Izhar By Film Fellowship is a platform that aims to constantly encourage creative storytellers in raising their voice on socially important issues through film and other methods of storytelling. For this purpose, IBFF has allocated certain grants and funds for those talented individuals with outstanding ideas. It is not necessary to have participated in the Izhar By Film Fellowship previously. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and grants offered may range from $1000 to $5000.
In order to be considered for the IBFF Fund Grant, applicants must satisfy the following Rules and Eligibility Requirements:
If you receive an IBFF grant, the following must be kept in mind:
In order to apply for the IBFF Grant you must provide:
For applications and further details please contact team IBFF at email@example.com