Friday, November 26, 2010

Apoorva Shaligram's 'One Morning at a Museum' selected by international No Time Left festival!

Congratulations Apoorva! Her video will be judged by a professional jury in a festival featuring 8 films on the millenium development goals by filmmakers like Mira Nair and Gael Garcia Bernal among many others!

Watch One Morning at a Museum here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bangalore girl rescues women stuck in sex trade in Goa despite threats

Experience Rescuing Teenagers Caught in Sex Trafficking Motivates
Student's Research

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- When University at Buffalo School of Social Work
doctoral candidate Bincy Wilson tried to rescue teenage women from
sexual trade slavery working the streets of Goa, India, she was the
frequent target of threats made by the pimps -- some of them family
members of the women -- whose livelihood relied on keeping these women
in sexual servitude.

( - BUFFALO, N.Y. -- When University at Buffalo
School of Social Work doctoral candidate Bincy Wilson tried to rescue
teenage women from sexual trade slavery working the streets of Goa,
India, she was the frequent target of threats made by the pimps --
some of them family members of the women -- whose livelihood relied on
keeping these women in sexual servitude.

"Threats, oh yes, they were part of the job," says Wilson, who
recently finished two international conferences in which she presented
on the need for trans-cultural holistic interventions for women
exiting the sex trade, and the traumatic experiences of women in the
trade. "You don't stay put fearing for your own life when there is a
need to rescue others. We worked in this field because we were
passionate about what we did, and the smile of hope on the emancipated
victims' faces is worth the risk taken."

Wilson, 27, has tapped into the experiences of her young life for her
study at UB. A native of Bangalore, India, Wilson spent three years in
Goa assisting women in finding alternatives to working in the sex
trade. More recently as a therapist at "SAGE," an agency with a
similar mission in San Francisco, she was able to address the
traumatization in this prostitute population -- which has fueled her
interest and sense of urgency in her research.

She intends to use the knowledge gained from her research to help
organizations develop good interventions and other ways to provide
services to victims of sex trafficking.

Essential in Wilson's research is the fact that sex trafficking is
both a worldwide and dramatically increasing problem. A 2010 report
prepared by the U.S. Department of State Government concluded the
numbers of people -- mostly women -- involved in human trafficking had
increased by 59 percent in the past two years. The International Labor
Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and
children who are trafficked for forced labor, bonded labor and sex
trade. And the problem extends across the globe, from developed to
developing countries, according to Wilson's research.

"Sex trafficking is a global social justice issue," Wilson said in her
presentation, "Developing Interventions for Women Exiting the Sex
Trade: Societal Perspectives," that she and Barbara Rittner, associate
dean for external affairs in the UB School of Social Work, delivered
at the annual Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex
Work held at the University of Toledo. "Whatever attention it receives
is driven by the rapidly increasing numbers of people being trafficked
internationally and by ( medical and health ) concerns about sexually
transmitted disease such as HIV/AIDS associated with the trade."

"Working with Bincy created an important shift in my thinking," says
Rittner. "Most of my work has been with children in foster care in the
states, many of whom had mothers in the sex trade, and many of my
female adolescent foster children were runaways recruited into the sex
trade from the streets.

"The work Bincy and I are doing has helped me think differently about
how women enter the trade, why they stay in the trade and why what
works in the West to encourage exit may not be workable in the East or
subcontinent India. This is what makes working with international
doctoral students so exciting."

Wilson's two academic presentations, including a recent presentation
in Atlanta, tapped into her unique mix of scholarly expertise and
experiences. They were lessons from the years she and her coworkers
intervened in the lives of young women -- many still in their teens --
trying to escape lives of prostitution and exploitation from pimps,
who sometimes were their husbands and family members. She was program
manager at an Indian organization Arz, which translates to "Life
Without Injustice," in the Indian coastal city of Goa where she worked
as a counselor rehabilitating young women forced to work in the sex
trade for money.

"You see exploitation of these women in every way," says Wilson, who
came to Buffalo with her husband who also enrolled in a doctoral
program at UB. "Not only is the trauma associated with their
experience while in the sex trade, but it is also attached to their
past, even before they enter the trade. Most of them are coming from
lives of abuse, neglect and abject poverty, situations in which they
do not have a square meal or basic resources.

"The debilitating impact of being in the sex trade is visible not only
when they are in the sex trade, but also when they are trying to exit
the trade. You find them getting addicted to drugs or alcohol in order
to cope with the experience of sexual trauma, their health takes a
major toll on them with multiple abuses, abortions, miscarriages,
menstrual and gynecological problems. Most of the girls suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ), complex PTSD, dissociation,
depression, suicide attempts and severe anxiety. They experience
difficulty having a normal relationship because of their traumatic
sexual experience. When they are in a relationship with someone they
love, it becomes difficult for them to get intimate due to the sexual
trauma experienced while in the trade. They are often viewed as mere
sexual objects by men, and none care to know who they really are

While working for three years as a program manager in Goa, Wilson
helped establish an automatic laundry to give the sex trade workers an
alternative for making a living and a chance to be together for
support. She and her coworkers saw many success stories, she says, but
it's the failed ones that often linger most in her mind.

Three years ago, when she was 24, Wilson was working to rehabilitate
women working in the sex trafficking business in the infamous red
light district of Goa, a traditional destination for Indians and
international jetsetters. Thanks to their close ties to the community,
Wilson's colleagues heard about a young girl accompanied by a man who
had recently come to town, and the community identified the man as the
girl's husband.

A staff member brought the couple into Wilson's office, and the
husband told workers how they came from a poor background and were in
desperate need of money; that's why the girl was working as a
prostitute. Wilson's colleagues offered the cooperative laundromat as
an alternative, and at the same time contacted police to prosecute the
husband for trafficking his wife.

But there were delays in getting the police involved, Wilson
remembers. "The man wanted to leave and not have anything to do with
us," she says. "Then he said he wanted to take the girl to the doctor.
So I said I wanted to accompany them to the doctor. And he kept
insisting on me leaving on the way. But I knew once they left, we
would not have any trace of where they were going.

"I started going along with them. And the girl kept insisting I leave
because the husband was pressuring her and telling me to leave. All
the time, my colleagues were trying to get the magistrate and
anti-trafficking unit to come and catch these two."

On the way to the doctor's, the man said he needed to stop at his
house because they needed to get something there. So Wilson waited
outside and watched while the two went inside. "They exited through
the back door of the house," Wilson says. "By the time the
anti-trafficking force came, they had already escaped and we had no
trace of them."

Wilson never saw either of them again.

"I keep seeing that picture of the girl's face in my mind," Wilson
says. "Even now when I talk about it, I have a very strong image of
that girl looking so helpless and asking me to leave. She had this
look of fear, not only for herself but also for me, for something
happening to me, because I was traveling alone with them.

"She was very young, obviously a minor, very small build. She had this
jazzy lipstick on, trying to make her as attractive and marketable as

There are other stories, some much more successful. Wilson knows her
very first rescue victim is doing well. "She's getting married, she
has a baby girl," she says. "The last time I was in Goa I saw her.
It's really nice to see them leading a better life, one that is not

Success or disappointment, what she saw on the streets remains a major
motivation in her work at UB.

"Research is a product of my experience and the time working in the
field," says Wilson. "Whatever services are provided, something is
still missing because I see some women relapsing back into the same
life. I am really interested in exploring that missing factor."

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York
system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than
28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in
1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of
American Universities.

Monday, November 22, 2010

First community radio service of NE launched - A victory for media democratisation!

The Assam Tribune, 22 Nov 2010

GUWAHATI, Nov 21 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday launched the
first community radio service of the North East ‘Jnan Taranga’ under the
aegis of Krishnakanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU) at a function
held at NEDFI House here, said a press release.
Lauding the initiative of KKHSOU for starting the first radio community
service in the region, Gogoi said that it would go a long way in educating
the students of the State and the region in different disciplines.

The Chief Minister said though there has been a spurt in the growth of TV
channels and Internet, radio still continues to remain a powerful medium of
communication. He said his Government would provide necessary assistance to
set up more radio stations across the State.

He suggested to the authorities of KKHSOU to start airing stories on the
successful entrepreneurs of the State and the region to motivate and inspire
the upcoming generation.

Underscoring the need for imparting education in tune with the times, Gogoi
asked the authorities of KKHSOU to introduce new subjects to attract more
and more students. “Knowledge is power and our biggest asset. A
knowledge-based society can contribute more than anything else towards the
rapid progress and development of a society,” he said adding that his
Government has given added thrust to education in the last nine years.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of KKHSOU, Prof Shrinath Baruah
said that with the launch of the first community radio service, the
university is now looking forward to starting such service in Lakhimpur
Girls’ College and Garhgaon College. The Ministry of I&B has accorded
necessary approval to start such service in the two colleges.

Baruah further said the university plans to set up 30 study centres in
educational institutions and would air programmes from the headquarters
through BSNL line on lease. “A web portal is also on the anvil in 2011. It
will enable students to download learning materials both print and visual,”
he added.

Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Okhil Kr. Medhi, Director, Distance
Education, RR Rosiah and former deputy director, Prachar Bharati, RN
Chakraborty also spoke on the occasion.

‘Jnan Taranga’ which was aired on an experimental basis on January 28, 2009
on 90.4 FM, will be available on the same frequency daily from 5 pm to 7 pm,
morning 6 to 8 and in the afternoon from 12 to 2.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What a shame - WAVE camera lost in Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh

It makes me sad to narrate this story but I felt that I should share it in the hope that this doesn't happen again.

Priti Jain was the selected trainee from Chhatisgarh recommended by Bhupesh Vaishnav of NGO Shikhar Yuva Manch. She was given a video camera, mic and tripod just like all 29 other main candidates selected for the 9 month mentorship program. Upon returning to Bilaspur, she made a few videos with their help after returning from the WAVE training in Goa. But it was always a struggle from our side to gather pieces of information needed to finish editing the videos they sent us.

Towards the end of the 9 month term, we informed them that we were looking for another organisational partner in Chhatisgarh as our aim was to change partners in order to allow other NGOs the benefit of free video training. Sometime after this, we were called by Bhupesh Vaishnav and told that Priti Jain had come into the office when he was away in Delhi and had taken away the camera. When we called Priti, she said this was not true and that she thinks the other two male staff working at SYM may have stolen the camera while Bhupesh was away and are now trying to pin the blame on her.

We were left disappointed and defeated. There was no way we could find out the truth from such a distance and now we didn't even have the funds to replace the camera. What's worse is that we weren't able to find another organisational partner in Chhatisgarh that could house our camera and do a better job than SYM.

I hope this story points out the grave need for honest and responsible NGOs all around the country. If only some of the mining profits from tribal states like Chhatisgarh could be directed to this cause...

Sapna Shahani.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A virtual look at an exhibition featuring WAVE and Point of View at Open Space, Pune

Thank you Imran for taking these pictures and organising this!

WAVErs can also check them on our Facebook page...

Also, here's a direct link to WAVE partner org Point of View's photographs by Muslim women exploring spaces in a series called Sculpting Lives, done in collaboration with Aawaz-e-Niswaan.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Architecture of Erotica - conference on art and erotica in India @ JNU

It's nice to see a conference of this kind because it means we're opening up about discussing sex in India. I think when society discusses sex in a healthy and balanced way, there will be less repression of desires which boils over into eve-teasing, violent acts against women, etc.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vacancy: Project manager, Point of View

Application Deadline: 15 November 2010

About Us
Point of View is a Mumbai-based non-profit organization that brings the points of view of women into the public domain through media, art and culture. We work across five program areas:
Fighting for Headspace: Placing the broad concept of gender in the public domain
Pushing the Boundaries: Putting forward the realities of women in sex work in their own voices

Speaking in Tongues: Highlighting marginalized realities related to gender and HIV, sexuality, mental health, migration, body image etc
Defending Our Bodies: Enabling women to speak out about and prevent domestic violence
Changing the Lens: Building the art and media capacities of grassroots women
Our work is carried out in collaboration with grassroots NGOs and blends gender and sexuality content with media, art and culture forms and platforms. These include photo, video, theatre, text, festivals, new media, interactive games etc.

We are a lean organization with a staff of less than nine. Our work style is not rooted in a 9 to 5 job ethic, but in a bottom-up collaborative culture that offers freedom and flexibility and demands delivery and accountability.

Job Description
Point of View is looking for a Project Manager who will actively manage the execution of our ongoing domestic violence project: Act Against Domestic Violence: The Law Is On Your Side.

The project aims to enable women in Mumbai to speak out about, act against, and prevent domestic violence. We are working with diverse constituencies to make this happen: community activists in slum areas, young people in colleges, health workers in hospitals, and the amorphous ‘general public’ in its many avatars.

Leading a small team, the Project Manager would work with these constituencies to systematically drive this project forward.

Essential Candidate Skills
1. A track record of successful project management

2. Atleast five years of work experience in the non-profit sector

3. Creative approaches to outreach and dissemination

4. Strong interpersonal skills

5. An ability to work collaboratively and equitably with diverse constituencies: grassroots, college students, health workers, community activists etc

6. Solid grounding in women’s rights, including violence against women

7. An ability to lead, guide and mentor a small work team while giving each person space and direction to develop

Ideally, we’d like an energetic, enthusiastic person who is detail-oriented and takes pride in getting things done well.

Job Location

Competitive salaries within the non-profit sector, flexi-time work options

To Point of View's Executive Director

Application requirements and deadlines
To apply, please email an updated resume/CV and a brief cover note to by 15 Nov 2010.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deshpande fellowship for social entrepreneurs - deadline Nov 10

From their website, click here for more info.

The Deshpande Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for its next cohort of fellows. The fellowship consists of a seven-month program geared towards providing a budding batch of social entrepreneurs with the skills they need to create positive change in society. This unique opportunity grants fellows a hands-on learning experience in matters relating to existing best practices, leading social change models, as well as opportunities to interact with successful social innovators. Applicants can be from any part of India, but must be prepared to stay in the “Sandbox (Hubli)” for the duration of the fellowship. The application deadline is November 10, 2011.

Eligibility Criteria:We want leaders who
Desire to create lasting social change
Are between 21-28 years of age (preferred)
Have earned a graduate or post-graduate degree
Have at least 1 year work experience in the development sector (however, fresher's with exceptional passion are also encouraged to apply!)
Women are encouraged to apply

The Deshpande Foundation: Founded in 1996 by Jaishree and Gururaj Deshpande, the Foundation is a leading philanthropic organization in Massachusetts, USA and India in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and international development. We believe in creating sustainable social change, and we take a hands-on approach with our grant partners to help them achieve their objectives.

The Deshpande Fellowship Program: DFP is a dynamic, intense, and interactive training program designed to produce successful social entrepreneurs. Through a comprehensive combination of modules and practical experiences, Fellows will learn existing best practices and engage with leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship as well as notable local innovators in order to develop a working knowledge of leading social change models. The program will leverage this theoretical framework to aid each participant in the creation of an individualized proposal for social change. Fellows will be expected to implement their innovations with partner institutions.

Tuition: Tuition fee is Rs. 35,000 for the 7 month Fellowship.

Stipend: A stipend is granted based on performance. Each Fellow can earn up to
Rs. 35,000 per fellowship period.

Loan: Bank loan provision available to the selected fellows.

Selection: Selection is determined by a candidate’s application, a reasoning test,
a group discussion and a personal interview.

Deadline: Apply by Nov 10, 2010.

Contact/Questions: Email if you have any questions or to request an application. You may submit the completed application either by email or by mailing a hard copy to the address below.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to mail hard copies of two recommendation letters.

For details call: Chinnababu - 9740011883 / Uma—9686113995

To apply for the Deshpande Fellowship Program, you may either download the below application and submit the completed copy to, or you may print it and mail a hard copy to the address given below.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Please vote for WAVE videos in the Womens Voices Now festival!

Four of our films have been selected for the Women's Voices Now film festival based in New York. The award funds can help us sustain our project.

The films are:
In Limbo: Kashmir's Half Widows
Campaign Reservation Express
Whose Honour?
Jazbaa (A Strong Will)
Land of Dragons

Please click here and vote for them:

Also read about WAVE on the WVN blog here.

Thank you!

WAVE Director Sapna Shahani has been selected for World Pulse's Voices of the Future web 2.0 training program!

I feel so fortunate to be one of 30 women selected internationally for this unique 5 month mentorship program where we are teamed up one-on-one with a mentor and guided towards our goals! We also learn about citizen journalism and web 2.0 and are teamed up with an 'editorial midwife' (love that title!) who will give me feedback about my writing.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to set up WAVE and now I am able to participate in all these enabling activities to help me reach higher and achieve more...


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Government of India funds for documentary films - deadline Nov 20


Dated the 22ND October 2010

Films Division

Ministry of Information &

Government of India

24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-26


The Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr. Gopalrao Deshmukh Marg,
Mumbai-400 026 invites sealed proposals in two bid system from the
interested Independent Producers working in the field of production of
Documentary films for production of Documentary films on contract
basis, as follows:-

Films up to 3 minutes duration in Eastman Colour in 35mm size conveying
social message for release in theaters and telecast on different
channels / media.

Films of 26/52 Minutes duration in Digital format for telecast on TV

The details of forms/particulars/terms & conditions are
available in our website or can be collected from
Films Division, Mumbai Tel.No.23510461 Ext. 600 & 601/23521717/23513176

The proposal complete in all respect to be submitted to the
Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400026
latest by 20th November 2010. Applicants residing in North East, Jammu
& Kashmir, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshdeep islands, Daman & Diu may
submit their applications by (last date + 15 days) i.e 6th December,

Director General


Reference No.15/17/2010-FDP Dated the 22nd October 2010
Films Division
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Government of India
24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-26

Tender Enquiry For Inviting The Sealed Proposals From Outside Producers
For Production Of Documentary Films .
Films Division is the Central Film producing organization of the
Government of India under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It
is responsible for production and distribution of documentaries and
other films required by the Government of India for public information,
education, and motivation for instructional and cultural purposes.
Films Division is having its main office at Mumbai and three production
centers at New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Also having ten
Distribution Branch Offices located at capital/cosmopolitan cities of
the country. Newsreel Officers (Now called as Chief Cameramen) and
Assistant Newsreel Officers have also been posted at State capitals to
cover the important events taken place in the state etc.

Aim and Objective of Films Division.
The aim of the Films Division is to mobilize the use of the
dynamic medium of the film to disseminate information to the broadest
spectrum of the Indian and foreign audiences and to focus attention on
important aspects of country's life with a view to bringing about
enlightened participation in the affairs of the nation and objective
appreciation of facts, events and personalities.

Production of Documentary Films
Yet another aim of the Films Division is to assist the growth
and development of the documentary film as a medium of education and
communication. In order to promote, provide and impetus to the
documentary movement in the country, Govt. had formulated a Plan Scheme
"Production of Documentary Films" for production of quality films
exclusively through outside producers.

The Director General, Films Division, on behalf of the President
of India, therefore invites proposals from Independent Producers
working in the field of producing Documentary Films for Production of
Documentary Films for and on behalf of Government of India on following
terms and conditions:-
* The film will be commissioned by Films Division to outside
producers using its established process and procedures that will ensure
transparency, quality and credibility to empower film makers to work to
the best international standards.
* The Government will not interfere with the independence of
the Producer who will express his/her creativity and ideas. However the
films so produced shall conform to the rules and regulations pertaining
to broadcasting, film certification etc. in force from time to time.
* Films up to 3 minutes duration (Live/Animation) in Eastman
Color in 35mm size conveying social message (s) on the following
subjects, for release in theatres and telecast on different channels /
Social Justice
Health & Family Welfare
Women & Child Development
Panchayat Raj
Agriculture & Rural Development
Promotion of Tourism
Sarava Shiksha Abhiyan
Road Safety
Civic Sense
Organ Donation
Water Shortage (Save Water) / Water Harvesting
Dowry & Child Marriage
Communal Harmony and National Integration
Global warming
Child Labour
Social Evil
Anti Terrorism
Social Unrest
Crime Against Women
* Documentary Films of 26/52 Minutes duration in Digital format
to meet appropriate television time slots of TV channels on the
following subjects:-
Agriculture ( Farming/Forestry/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/Misc)
Archaeology & Monuments
Health, Community development & Co-operation
Cottage Industry
Art & Culture
Food & Festivals
Natural Resources
Trade & Commerce
Social Welfare
Rehabilitations & Employment
Geography & Travel
Education & Youth activities
History/Freedom Struggle
Eminent Personalities etc.
* The films may be produced either in English or Hindi
language. The dialogues/talkie in any regional language should be

* While the production of the film is to be completed within
four months from the date of signing of the agreement. The production
of the film will be strictly governed by the terms and conditions
contained in the Agreement that the producer has to enter into with
Films Division.

* The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has constituted
a committee to evaluate the application / proposals received and
shortlist the proposals based on the suitability of the subjects,
duration and budget of the film, merits, experience and credibility of
the producer etc. The selection process will be transparent and beyond
the controversy.

* Films Division will have the copy rights and ownership of the

* A panel of experts & other criteria subject to the findings
with regard to its offer price.

* No members or associate of a member of the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting/Films Division/Organization and any
employee or member of any committee of these bodies shall be eligible
to produce any of the programmes under this scheme, unless specifically
agreed to in writing by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
and the Films Division.

* Only one film at a time will be assigned to a producer during
a financial year.

* Proposals from producers/applicants who are yet to complete a
project assigned to them earlier will not be considered for fresh
assignment until the same has been completed in all respects and
accepted by Films Division.

* Films Division will provide necessary funds to the producers
for production of films. The funds will be provided in accordance with
the terms of the agreement entered into with the Films Division.

* The production of the film will be governed by the terms and
conditions contained in the model Agreement of the Films Division.

* Necessary Income-Tax at source under Section 194-C of the
Income Tax Act will be deducted from the payments to be made to the

* The committee constituted for the purpose will evaluate the
scripts / synopsis/Budget submitted by the applicants.

* The budget submitted by the producers will be scrutinized by
costing committee of Films Division, after short listing of proposal
for production is completed. However not more than Rs. 5.00 Lakhs for a
26 mins. duration film and Rs. 9.00 Lakhs for 52 mins. duration film
will be provided for the production of the film in Digital format and
on case to case basis for social message film in 35mm celluloid format.

* A list of films on various subjects already assigned as a
result of proposals/applications invited last vide advertisement dated
the 3rd October 2008 is annexed herewith as Annexure 'A' to avoid
duplication of the proposal.

* Proposal is to be submitted in two bid system i.e. Part-I
Technical Bid and Part-II Financial Bid.

* The validity of the proposal Bid) should be up to six months
from the closing date of receipt of proposals.

* Both the bids may be submitted in separate covers.
* Both the envelops should again be seated in one cover super
scribing "Proposal for Production of Documentary Film of ___ mins.
duration on_______________________" and it should be addressed to the
Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400026.
* The following documents should be enclosed with Part-I
i.e.Technical Bid :-
Bio-data of the producer with details of documentary films produced
during the last 5 years.
Address for communication which includes Pin code No.of City, Phone No,
Mobile no. Fax No, E-Mail Address.
Synopsis of proposed subject in one page.
Treatment of the film in one page.
Script of the film containing - visuals, commentary, effects & music.
Line of Approach in the prescribed format.
2% Bid Security (Earnest Money Deposit) of the total budget of the film
submitted in financial bid in the form of Pay Order/Demand Draft drawn
in favour of Accounts Officer, Films Division, Mumbai payable at
Mumbai. Bid security will be returned to unsuccessful producers after
expiry of the validity period of the proposal (Bid) i.e. six months
from the closing date of the receipt of proposals or on finalization of
the proposals whichever is later.
Proposal/application processing fee Rs.1500/- (Rupees One Thousand Five
Hundred only) which is non-refundable, in the form of either Pay Order
or Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Accounts Officer, Films
Division, Mumbai payable at Mumbai.
Proposal/application submitted without accompanying with Pay
Order/Demand draft of processing fee as well as Bid Security (Earnest
Money Deposit) will be rejected and no any correspondence will be
entertained in such matter. No cash payment will be accepted. Also
cheques will not be accepted.
* The following documents should also be enclosed as Part-II
i.e. Financial Bid :-
The Budget should be submitted in prescribed budget format of this
Division (Annexure-B)
The amount should be inclusive of all taxes which the producer may have
to pay such as Sales Tax, General Tax, Excise Duty etc.
Copy of PAN Card.
* Interested Producers, who would like to apply, may submit
their proposals in the prescribed formats as mentioned above.
* The proposals, complete in all respects, should be submitted
to the Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400026
latest by 20th November 2010. Applicants residing in North East, Jammu
& Kashmir, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Daman & Diu
may submit their applications by (last date + 15 days) i.e. up to 6th
December 2010.
It may also be noted that:-
* Proposals received without the complete set of required
documents referred above and after due date will not be considered.

* The department shall not be responsible for delay, loss or
non-receipt of application through post/Courier.

* The Director General, Films Division reserves the right to
cancel any or all proposals without assigning any reason.

* The Producer who had already submitted proposal/treatment
etc. in the past, on the above subject has to submit fresh proposal.

* Successful Producer will have to deposit Performance Security
Deposit of 5% of contracted amount at the time of acceptance of the
assignment as per rules in force.

Director General

Please Click Here for ANNEXURE-A List of films on various subjects
already assigned as a result of proposals invited last vide
advertisement published on 03.10.2008 by Films Division

Please Click Here for ANNEXURE-B Independent Producer's Budget :

Tentative Title of working title :
i)Classification :
ii)Central Idea underlying the film in detail :
Type of Audience :
Subject Specialist :
Name(s) of place(s) suggested for shooting :
Best month for shooting :
Type (B&W or Colour) :
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Monday, November 1, 2010

Introducing Nidhi Minj, WAVE intern

Nidhi Minj just graduated in mass media, journalism from Mumbai University, R.D National College Bandra.

She is interested in photography, film making, freelance journaling. Her hobbies include dancing, travelling, learning languages.

Loves trekking in the monsoon and a complete foodie :)