Social Alpha, a leading innovation ecosystem platform, has announced its support to Ciné Impact Fellowship’. It will provide support to young filmmakers attempting to document social innovation and entrepreneurship through a documentary film.
Launched by The Hyphen, Ciné Impact Fellowship aims to nurture new talent from the next generation of filmmakers for independent storytelling on social issues.
A cohort of 10 filmmakers will receive financial assistance in addition to cash prizes through a national short film competition.
While the participants will be vetted by an eminent jury of critics and filmmakers like Saibal Chatterjee, Utpal Borpujari, Arnab Banerjee and Faizal Khan, a week-long mentorship and handholding of the selected participants will be done under the mentorship of noted national award-winning filmmaker Brahmanand S Singh and National Award-winning Docu-Filmmaker Amitabh Parashar.
The Fellowship is open to any Indian under the age of 25 who aspires to become a filmmaker. The selected teams would be mentored by renowned Filmmakers and Critics in a week-long Filmmaking Bootcamp. The fellows will then work on making documentary films that highlight socio-economic impact on society.
Manoj Kumar, Founder of Social Alpha said, “Films can play a significant role in communicating the impactful role of innovation and entrepreneurship in solving our complex socio-economic and environmental challenges. The Cine Impact Fellowship is a splendid effort to nurture new talent and offers them a rare chance at mentoring by an eminent group of filmmakers and critics”.
Talking about the fellowship program, Saibal Chatterjee, a national award-winning film critic said, “There is a wide range of issues that has to be tackled in the current situation. It would be exciting to watch the young ones making films on these issues as the youth are the ones who are full of creative ideas.”
Brahmanand S Singh, a national award-winning filmmaker and one of the mentors at the fellowship program said, “Filmmaking is changing the way people are approaching things. Number of times young people have great ideas but these are somewhere lost in terms of how it should be put together and how it should to be shaped and that is where such mentorship can help. I am personally excited for the fact that I would be mentoring the finest young filmmakers. I am sure this initiative is going to make a great impact on youth and society.”
The Fellowship Applications will start from 15th September 2021 and the last date for applying is 15th October 2021. Winners of the short film competition will be announced on 1st November 2021 and Grand Finale on 20th February 2022.
About Social Alpha:
Social Alpha is a multistage innovation curation and venture development platform for science and technology start-ups that address the most critical social, economic and environmental challenges through the power of entrepreneurship and market-creating innovations. Since its inception in 2016, Social Alpha has supported more 150 start-ups including 60+ seed investments. For more information, please visit www.socialalpha.org