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Do you have a short documentary film idea that you can't wait to make?

We are here to help YOU develop YOUR film and provide the mentorship and training you need to turn your idea into a finished film!

26th Dec 2021, 11:59PM
Eligibility criteria
  • Applicants must be over 18

  • Applicants must be from Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Must apply with a documentary project where the primary location is Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Filmmakers living outside of Gilgit-Baltistan but having roots in Gilgit-Baltistan can apply as long as the primary location of their documentary is Gilgit-Baltistan

  • In-person sessions will be held in Gilgit City. In-person attendance in both modules is mandatory

  • Documentary projects at idea and early production stages are acceptable

Applicants will be informed in late January 2022 about final decisions. Please write to us with any questions.

Our training program is an opportunity for documentary filmmakers from Gilgit-Baltistan telling stories from Gilgit-Baltistan.  If you are interested in learning more about story development, narrative documentary and creative approaches to contemporary documentary filmmaking, this 7-month documentary training intensive is the program for you.


The 7-month program includes story and idea development, mentorship and feedback throughout production, community and networking, one-on-one mentorship, and intensive edit workshops till your final cut! There will be two in person intensive modules held in Gilgit City. The first session (May/June) will focus on developing your ideas, finding story arcs, characters, and narrative development as well as ideas or form, cinematography and style. Participants will be expected to film during this 6-week period to give them an opportunity to get feedback on their footage from mentors and peers and problem solve. The second in-person module (September) will focus on film edits with group session and mentor sessions which will focus on further narrative development and edit styles. At the end of the program, participants will be expected to present finished films to the group. All films created within this program remain the intellectual property of the filmmakers themselves. DAP will help find opportunities for screenings and audiences for filmmakers where possible.


During this program, filmmakers will be mentored by Oscar and Emmy-winning filmmakers and Pakistan’s top creative professionals as well as international filmmakers who will help take your short documentary project from idea to screen. Mentors have made films for VICE, ARTE, Olympics, Guardian UK, BBC, HBO, Al Jazeera, the National Geographic Society, Channel 4 UK, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Deutsche Welle (DW), Redfish, Dawn, and Geo News amongst others.


Experience is preferred but not necessary, just the urge to tell a great story. 

Schedule (tentative)







Virtual Module - Introduction

6-week in-person module (story development and production period

Independent Production period

Virtual mentorship, Edit period

4-week in-person module (post-production period)

Films finished

NOTE: The workshop has limited seats, and the selection process will be highly competitive. The workshop will be held in person with some virtual components. We cannot provide accommodations or transportation to the training venue in Gilgit City, nor does it provide production or post-production equipment. This is a story focused workshop that focuses on providing creative mentorship and support for narrative and creative documentary projects.

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