Here you can explore a curated list of resources that will aid you in learning about various topics of Afghan Filmmaking, as well as the historical and cultural aspects of the Afghanistan.
A regional and international list of resources to help you make a film. Contains links to organizations that can provide you with grants, workshops, and film festivals for documentary and narrative films:
An overview on the history of cinema in Afghanistan:
Afghan Production Houses» http://facebook.com/YosufiFilm
We Came Home
We Came Home is the story of Afghanistan through Afghan American musician, Ariana Delawari. Born in LA, the year the Soviets invade Afghanistan, her home's filled with refugees, Afghan music and her father's dedication to Afghanistan, a country nobody else seemed to care about. After 9/11, her parents move to Kabul to help reconstruct. Ariana spends ten years between LA and Afghanistan, documenting her father's homeland in photographs, film and music. During the Taliban resurgence, Ariana records an album with master musicians in Kabul, revealing the challenges of building anything in this country. Ariana experiences firsthand the threat of war and corruption when her father is arrested. Through this, she unexpectedly realizes why her father could never abandon his people. She now understands Afghanistan cannot be forgotten
Boxing Girls of Kabul
Afghan women undertake a journey of personal and political transformation as they work to make their Olympic dreams come true.
The Patience Stone
In a country torn apart by war, Afghanistan or elsewhere...A young woman in her thirties watches over her older husband in a decrepit room. A bullet in the neck has reduced him to a comatose state. He has been abandoned by his fellow combatants and even by his own brothers. One day, the woman's vigil changes. She begins to speak truth to her silent husband, telling him about her childhood, her suffering, her frustrations, her loneliness, her dreams, desires, and secrets. After years of living under his control, with no voice of her own, she says things she could never have spoken before, even though they have been married for ten years.
Her husband has unconsciously become syngué sabour (THE PATIENCE STONE) - a magical black stone that, according to Persian mythology, absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. The woman's confessions are extraordinary and without restraint: about sex and love, her anger against a man who never understood her, who mistreated her, who never showed her any respect or kindness. Through the words she delivers so audaciously to her husband, the woman seeks to free herself from suffering. But after weeks of looking after him, she begins to act, discovering herself in the relationship she starts with a young soldier.
The legend of THE PATIENCE STONE also says that when it has absorbed all that it can handle, it explodes, causing the world to end. But, for one brave Afghan woman, it is a risk she's willing to take to unburden herself and be free.
Wajma: An Afghan Love Story
Wajma and Mustafa's devotion to each other and their cultural honor is tested to the extreme when Wajma becomes pregnant.
The Black Tulip
The Mansouri family opens up a new restaurant after the fall of the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan only to be subsequently targeted by factional Taliban elements.
A look at how contestants on the a musical contest program "Pop Idol" in Afghanistan risk their lives to appear on the show.
The Taliban closes down a hospital, putting a mother (Zubaida Sahar) and daughter (Marina Golbahari) who work there out of a job. Legally prohibited from going out unaccompanied by men, and having none to rely on, they hatch a desperate plan to disguise the daughter as a boy answering to the name "Osama." The ruse works for a while, but when the Taliban begins conscripting boys for their training school, Osama fears it won't be long before she is discovered.
NEXTPIX/FIRSTPIX CROWDFUNDING GRANThttp://nextpix.com/v1_1/projects/firstpix.html
Nextpix/Firstpix will fund films with a budget under $250k that are the first or second film by a director and are crowdfunding part of that budget. From N/FCG: "Rather than fund on a pre-determined cycle, we will accept queries from any film that is being crowfunded at any point during the year. Once we've received your query please give us 30 days to respond. The film should have a positive humanitarian message."
IDFA BERTHA FUNDhttp://www.idfa.nl/industry/idfa-bertha-fund.aspx
The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe...The fund is looking for new creative documentary projects which can be submitted in project development, production, and post production.
Deadline: May 15
Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability. Work with filmmakers to promote campaigns.
CHICKEN AND EGG PICTURESwww.chickeneggpics.org
Chicken and Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film.
Grant Amount: $2,500 - $25,000
Creative Capital funds artist projects in film/video and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged.
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $20,0000
ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA FUNDwww.environmentalmediafund.org
The mission of Environmental Media Fund is to promote public awareness and education and effect cultural change through film, video, digital and interactive media, media-based educational teaching tools and special events, and to inspire individuals to participate in solutions. (Fiscal Sponsorship, story & script development, consulting)
The mission of firstPix is to promote the efforts of first-time and second-time filmmakers by providing supplemental post-production funding. A key part of the selection criteria is that the film needs to reflect a positive humanitarian message.
Grant Amount: $5,000 maximum
The Fledgling Fund seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities by supporting innovative media projects and community-based organizations that target entrenched social problems.
GRANTMAKERS IN FILM & ELECTRONIC MEDIA (GFEM)www.gfem.org (funding database)
Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media (GFEM) is an association of grantmakers committed to advancing the field of media arts and public interest media funding. GFEM serves as a resource for grantmakers who fund media content, infrastructure, and policy, those who employ media to further their program goals as well as a collaborative network for funders who wish to learn more about media.
GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUNDwww.tribecafilminstitute.org
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund offers finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which promote social change and highlight critical issues currently absent from mainstream media. The Fund is looking for films whose emphasis is on story – not lesson – with an intention to inspire an audience.
Grant Amount: $5,000 - $30,000
IDA (INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION)www.documentary.org
Over the past twenty-six years IDA has served as a forum and voice for documentarians around the world. IDA currently serves over 2,800 members in over 50 countries, offering programs, seminars, lectures, workshops, and screenings for those members and the general public. Fiscal Sponsorship
MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, THEwww.macfound.org
The General Program supports documentary films through grants for production, distribution, and outreach associated with the broadcast of documentaries, and through support to organizations serving the field.
Grant Amount: $50,000 to $300,000
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ALL ROADS FILM PROJECThttp://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/all-roads/
The seed-grant program is open to indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers as well as filmmakers who can demonstrate that they have been designated by indigenous or minority communities to tell their story. Grants funds should be used toward the development and production of a feature film, long documentary, short documentary, shorts, animation, or music video.
Grant Amount: $1,000 to $10,000
OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATIONwww.openmeadows.org
Projects that have limited financial access which reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society and promote the empowerment of women and girls; and projects for social change that have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.
Grant Amount: up to $2,000
PACIFIC PIONEER FUNDwww.pacificpioneerfund.com
To support emerging documentary filmmakers. The term "emerging" is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years -- but no more than ten -- of practical film or video experience.
Grant Amount: $1,000 to $10,000
PAUL ROBESON FUND FOR INDEPENDENT MEDIAhttp://fex.org/funds/paul-robeson-fund-for-independent-media
The projects submitted should address critical social and political issues, combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium and demonstrate understanding of how the production will be used for progressive social change organizing.
Grant Amount: $5,000 to $15,000
ROY W. DEAN FILM AND VIDEO GRANTSwww.fromtheheartproductions.com
From The Heart Productions raises goods and services from heart-felt companies in the film industry in order to provide grants to important documentary and short films being produced.
Grant Amount: $300 to $20,000
SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENARY FILM PROGRAMwww.sundance.org
The Sundance Documentary Film Program provides year-round support to and nurtures the growth of nonfiction filmmakers, encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling, and promotes the exhibition of documentary films to a broader audience. It supports independent artists both domestically and internationally.
Grant Amount: $20,000 to $75,000
TFI SLOAN FILMMAKER FUNDhttp://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/tfi-tff/sloan-filmmaker-fund/
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund provides development, finishing and distribution funds to narrative film projects that dramatize compelling stories about science and technology or portray scientists, engineers and mathematics as major characters.
Grant Amount: $10,000-$40,000
UNITARIAN UNIVERSAL FUND FOR A JUST SOCIETYhttp://www.uua.org/giving/fundingprogram/
The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program (UUFP) is a denominational grantmaking program of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Grants are made that: Support the work of social justice, Strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions, Transform gratitude for being into generosity of living, Make Unitarian Universalism more visible in the world.
Grant Amount: $6,000 to $20,000
WOMEN IN FILM FOUNDATION FINISHING FUNDwww.wif.org
WIF's purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs. The Women in Film Foundation provides filmmakers with finishing funds, scholarships, grants, advocacy, community outreach programs, monthly networking breakfasts, seminars, workshops, and a screening series with filmmakers.
Grant Amount: Up to $5,000