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FAQs - Creative Documentary Practice

A Documentary film is about real people, places, events and practices, presented through the personal vision of the filmmaker. There are many ways of looking at, representing, and sometimes recreating reality. In this creative interpretation of reality lie the challenge and the possibilities of exploring this genre of filmmaking.

It is one of the few masters’ programmes in India, focussing on documentary film.
It is designed by practising filmmakers for prospective filmmakers.
Visiting film professionals offer workshops and masterclasses to enhance learning.
Liberal arts and general study units offer broad based understanding of social, cultural, political contexts.
It offers a comprehensive understanding of the art, craft and ethics of documentary filmmaking.
The Srishti tradition of interdisciplinary study allows students to engage with ongoing live projects and research within Srishti, such as Srishti Films, Centre for Public History, Kabir Project among others.

You should have completed three years of undergraduate education and must have learnt basic filmmaking either in an academic institution or as an apprentice to a filmmaker. You should be an avid reader and watcher of films, and excited about pursuing documentary practice.

You will learn the art, craft and ethics of documentary filmmaking through tools, techniques and methods, which you will then apply to your own work during regular practice sessions. Screenings and classroom discussions will give you the opportunity to think critically about documentary film and about your own work. Short self-initiated projects will allow you to synthesise your learning through making.
Working as teams, pitching your ideas to peers and faculty, and presenting your work to the larger community will give you the essential experience required to be a practising filmmaker.

At the end of the course, you would be equipped with the skills and capabilities required for making a documentary film. You could begin your independent practice, or join a production house or a senior filmmaker as an apprentice. You may also pursue film studies at a doctoral level. Media consultancy for the development sector is another career option. In addition there are other options such as curating festivals and working in grant making organisations.