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Real Stories
If those words mean anything to you,
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About Docu Lab

Documentary filmmaking has evolved drastically in the last few decades. From micro-stories to larger-than-life canvases, documentaries can mean no one thing. Interesting stories lay all around us, and are often waiting to be told. If reality moves you more than fiction, we’re here to help you shape that dream.

India Film Project, along with the team at VICE India, come together to present ‘The Docu Lab’. This extensive workshop is designed to take your idea/project through a series of steps to make it adaptive to viewers. One project from the lab will be digitally produced and published by VICE India.

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Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people who are passionate about non-fiction storytelling and the process that goes behind it. Direct experience in filmmaking, documentary making or production is preferred but not a necessity. Your thirst for telling real, innovative, and meaningful stories is what we want to hear from.

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How will it happen?

An applicant must submit their ideas online using the form on our website. Adding sample footage or research work will help us understand your work better, but not compulsory. You can edit your application till the deadline i.e. 8th March. Post submission, a team of experts will filter applications on the bases of their Profile and Ideas. Shortlisted applicants will go through a telephone / video interview (If required).

The selected participants will have to pay a fee of 15000 INR plus taxes, which will cover lab costs and the cost of their stay for the duration of the lab (but not travel costs). The selected participants will then get to participate in a 5 day lab in Mumbai. This Lab includes multiple mentoring sessions, activity-based interactive workshops and screening of award winning documentaries.

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What’s in it for you?

Upon your selection after the final round, you get to attend an exclusive 5-day lab. Over the course of the lab, you learn about topics related to production techniques, the art of asking the right questions, the importance of music in documentaries, legal formalities, budgeting, promotion and marketing of the documentary.

You also get a chance to interact with industry leaders in this particular field, as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions.

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Last date of Application – May 2, 2020

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Lab Schedule


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Last date of Application – May 2, 2020

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  • Age Limit: Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission.
  • Selected applicants for the lab will have to pay 15000 INR plus taxes as lab fees. This will cover lab costs and their stay for the duration of the lab in Mumbai.
  • All expenses regarding travel to the lab, will be borne by the participants.
  • For the purposes of the lab, we will be accepting only one participant per idea / project. If a team of two or more filmmakers wish to submit an idea, only one of them can submit their idea/project in their own name and if selected, attend it.
  • Every entry needs to be its own unique idea/project. Participants can submit multiple entries in their name, as long as each entry is a unique idea / project. Only one entry per participant will be selected.
  • The participant will be submitting his/her idea keeping the word limit mentioned in the application form and theme in mind.
  • Sample recordings / raw footage / proof of concepts are not necessary, but communicating your idea clearly in the pitch and with a log line is ideal.
  • Branded or corporate content will not be accepted.
  • Footage can be uploaded as an Unlisted YouTube link (before deadline) while the research can be submitted by editing the Application Form on the website.
  • The entries for the lab will close on May 2, 2020
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What are the submission requirements for applying to the Documentary Lab?
To apply, you are required to submit your idea along with a write-up about your journey till now, the reason which is driving you to pursue Documentary making as a hobby or as a career. You’ll have to fill all these details in the online form available on the website.

What can I expect by registering for the Lab?
Shortlisted candidates will be mentored by VICE India’s team of experienced documentary makers and creators Special screening nights of award winning Documentaries followed by discussions. You’ll learn about how to write, shoot and produce a documentary in India. One of the projects from the Lab will be produced into a full-fledged documentary by VICE India.

In which language should my idea/project description be in?
While the idea/project description must be in English, the end product can be produced in any regional language.

Will I be paid if my project/idea is produced?
Yes, the individual whose idea/project has been selected to be made into a documentary by the Lab will be remunerated as per industry standards. receive a standard fee for their idea/project.

Can I include personal interviews/dialogues while illustrating my idea/project or can I frame my idea/project around interviews/conversations/interrogations?
Yes. you can include that in your idea or can frame your idea around it. A well-researched idea will always be welcomed! 

Who owns the documentary?
If your idea/project gets produced by VICE India then you and VICE India will own it. If you decide to produce your documentary project after attending the Lab, then you have to mention that the project was conceived at the Docu Lab. We will share the title slate of the same effect at the end of the Lab with each participant. IFP will re-share the promo-materials of such documentary on its social media page.

Can I apply with more than one project?
Yes, however, each project/idea must be applied with a separate application form and only one project/idea per person will be selected.

When and how will I know if I am selected for the Lab?
Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 7th April 2020 via email and phone. Once selected, you will have to pay the lab fees within 5 days of confirmation.

Will I be informed of the reasons if I am not selected?
Due to a large number of applications received, we will not be able to provide individual feedback or reason to the rejected applications.

If I want to edit my already submitted idea/project, then will re-submission be considered?
Yes, you can resubmit and edit your submitted idea/project anytime before the final deadline. The final submission at the time of the deadline will be considered.

Are there any hidden costs which I have to pay?
Beyond the application fee, there are no other costs or tuition fees to participate in Docu Lab. The application fees will cover your Lab fees as well as accommodation. Travel expenses will be borne by participants. 

What will the lab fees cover?
It will cover your accommodation (on a triple sharing basis). It will also cover 3 meals per day as well as local transport between lab venue and stay.

My query isn’t listed, I wish to speak to a team member. How can I contact you?
If you have any further questions, please feel free to write to us at [email protected]

Who will shortlist the ideas for the lab?
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