A year-long documentary workshop promises to support independent film-makers and take their films to the market

If you are an Indian film maker stuck with your documentary in its rough cut stage and are unsure of the direction it should take, then Magic Lantern Movies and DOK-Leipzig invite you for a year long training and mentoring programme.

Doc Wok is a workshop that aims to bring talented film makers in contact with experts from the field who will help them take the films to their completion. One can develop the film’s narrative and improve the edit, explore different narrative structures and ways to release and distribute the film, extend one’s international network or find new ways of promoting and distributing documentaries, says Mayank Mathur, Partner, Magic Lantern Movies, an organisation engaged in promoting independent films.

“Senior film makers and editors from Germany, UK and India will spend the six days with the selected candidates and tutor them. Then they will all go back from where they came and the collaboration will continue over the internet, while the candidates edit their films,” explains Mayank.

Supported by ‘Germany and India 2011-12: Infinite Opportunities’ and British Council, the deadline for submission of applications is October 10. From the list of submissions, six rough cuts will be selected and their makers will be invited for a residential workshop in Gurgaon during November 26-31. It will focus on the rough cut, the international potential of the documentary, and develop the first draft of film release and distribution. Film makers would be required to work with their editors and the entire footage of their film.

The second workshop will take place in June-July where sessions on marketing and production of films will be conducted. The final narrative structure of the film will be frozen, with feedback from professionals and the design of a detailed distribution strategy.

The last and final workshop in October 2013 will see the films go to market. The films will be presented at the Leipzig film festival, offering individual meetings with European broadcasters, sales, festival selectors and distributors in the frame of DOK Leipzig co-production markets.

Doc Wok is a play on the South Asian manner of speaking, (like talk-shalk, gup-shup) and is also a cauldron to add the final touches to food before serving.