call to filmmakers

Whether you like it or not, a child really connects you to that time when everything’s new. It’s so important – not just for artistic endeavours, but for humanity.

– Tim Burton

Dear Filmmaker,

We at School Cinema take children seriously and love to make inspirational and entertaining cinema for them. If you feel the same, we’d like to invite you to participate in our pitching process for films for teachers (classes 1 and 4) as well as students (classes 5,7 and 8). If you have already made a film for us, or have been part of our previous pitching processes, you then know what to do! However, if you’re new to School Cinema, we’d first like to introduce you to this very special Programme for children.

School Cinema is a unique film-based learning Programme that combines the flair and fun of filmmaking, with matching & relevant values, ethics and life skills to create a classroom experience quite unlike any other. Short films dealing with various issues relating to children in a particular age group are matched with thought-provoking worksheets to help kids understand and internalize key learnings about that issue.

You could also check out the trailers of some of our previous films on our YouTube channel School Cinema

Our films have won us national and international success over the years – we are proud recipients of 6 National Film Awards for ‘Chasing the Rainbow’, ‘The Finish Line’, ‘Red Building Where the Sun Sets’, ‘Best Friends Forever’, ‘Little Magician’ and ‘The Waterfall’. Our films have also been selected in over 140 major film festivals across the globe. This includes IFFI, International Children’s Film Festival of India, International Documentary & Short Films Festival of Kerala, TIFF Kids, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Copenhagen International Children’s Film Festival and Indian Film Festival of LA amongst others. We have also acquired award winning films such as the Oscar-nominated ‘Little Terrorist’ from Ashvin Kumar, and multi award winning ‘Heal’, from Pakistan-based filmmaker Mian Adnan Ahmad.
Our modules are mixtures of home productions and acquisitions, and we are open to any kind of film or idea- the important thing always being that we keep our audience in mind, and the motive and rationale for the film being made.
Currently we are looking to produce 7 films in all – for students of Classes 5, 7 and 8 and for teachers of classes 1 and 4. If you’ve made a short film for these categories in the past or if you know of a short film that might work for this age group, do let us know. We’d love to acquire it and include it in the programme if it fits our criteria.

We are also looking for interesting, original and creative concepts for 15 to 20 min duration films on the following topics:

Students’ Films

For Class 5:

Anger Management

Pre-adolescence is a tumultuous period marked with physical, emotional and psychological changes. While adjusting to these numerous changes, anger or dealing with anger is one of the primary problems students face. This film should help children recognize and accept anger as a natural emotion and learn how to effectively express it.

Determination

Children at this age are in a period of transition, which comes with added pressures and challenges. This film should inspire and encourage children to face the obstacles that come their way and show them that sheer grit and determination can help achieve goals and dreams.

For Class 7:

Overcoming Differences

We are living in turbulent times, and this film should teach children to not only be tolerant towards each other but also accept and embrace each other’s differences.

For Class 8:

Time Management

This film should help children understand the value of time and how to efficiently manage time.

Organ Donation

This film should make children aware about organ donation and also inspire and encourage adults around them to be open to the idea. It could also strive to break stereotypes or preconceived notions regarding organ donation.

Teachers’ Films

For Teachers of Class 1 – Understanding Children:

It is important for teachers to understand the minds of their students. At that young an age children are not fully able to express themselves. This film should help teachers to understand children at this age and deal with the issues they face in a creative and innovative manner.

For Teachers of Class 4 – Value of a Teacher:

Teachers play a crucial role in shaping children’s minds, not only in terms of what they learn academically, but also their behaviour and their worldview. This film should remind teachers of the responsibility they hold and how important their relationship is with their students is. In addition to this, in an environment where teachers may often be taken for granted, the film should also reaffirm the teachers’ faith in the work that they do and it’s value.

If you’re interested in making a film for us, or think you already have a film that could fit our requirements – this is the process we will be following:

  1. We have created ‘Target Audience Descriptors’ and ‘Topics Descriptors’ for you. While the former will ensure that you understand the age group that your film will be addressing, the latter will help you understand the topics and overall themes that we are hoping to address.

Click here to download the Target Audience Descriptor

Click here to to download the Topics Descriptor

  1. For more details about the films and about the process, do read the attached FAQs for Filmmakers which can be downloaded from here.

Click here to download FAQs for Filmmakers

  1. Once you have all the information, feel free to revert to us with ideas / concept notes (one-pagers). Please understand that we will try and give feedback to everyone who writes in, but it might not be possible. We will get back to you if your idea has been conceptually approved, and if we want to move the discussion forward.

 

Please write in with your ideas and concepts to ruchi@lxl.in latest by 25th November 2017.

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

― Aristotle