Mind For Stories is an International Masterclass series initiated to bring path-breaking filmmakers – directors, cinematographer sound designers, editors and creative producers to have an informal interaction face to face with emerging storytellers and media students.

The 3-day programme offers ample scope for all participants to have an informal and intimate dialogical sharing and critical investigation into masters’ works.

A handpicked batch of filmmakers with their work-in-progress are invited from the South Asian Region to participate in this specially designed workshop.

AUGUST 2021  |  Participants

Mind For Stories | USA

August 2021

Documentary Workshop | Best Practices for the Common Core Application with Claire Aguilar

Date: Tuesday, August 10 to Thursday, August 12, 2021

Time: 8:30pm - 10:30pm IST


Claire Aguilar is an award-winning film curator, film festival director and public television commissioning editor and broadcaster.

She was the Director of Programming and Policy at the International Documentary Association (IDA). At IDA she oversaw IDA’s professional development, education, mentorship and training initiatives and set strategy around IDA’s policy and advocacy work supporting filmmakers around a range of issues. She serves as the primary programmer for IDA’s biennial “Getting Real” conference.

Previously she was Director of Programming and Industry Engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest. She also served as Vice President of Programming and Executive Content Advisor at the Independent Television Service (ITVS). working on program content and strategy, including commissioning over 200 films from international and U.S. independent producers.

A second-generation Filipina American, she holds a BA in Communications Studies and an MA in Film and Television Studies from UCLA. Claire is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the boards of Women Make Movies, Firelight Media and the Why Foundation.

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Mind For Stories | USA

Documentary Workshop | Best Practices for the Common Core Application with Claire Aguilar

Invited Projects for the Workshop:

NATION'S FATE, Elizabeth D. Costa | Bangladesh

AVI KHANAOLA, Bobo Khuraijam | India

GHOST BOAT, Tanim Yousuf & Kauser Haider | Bangladesh

SEARCHING ROOTS : AN ARTIST'S TALE, Rafiqul Anowar | Bangladesh

HIGHER, Asmita Shrish | Nepal

BATTLEFIELD, Borun Thokchom | India

BEYOND THE SCALE: MS. NEPAL CURVY, Abhimanyu Dixit & Sahara Sharma | Nepal

MICKY PUPE KOLKATA, Balaka Ghosh & Debasish Sen Sharma | India

SIJOU GEREMSA (ROOTED), Pinky Brahma Choudhury | India

TRANSIT, Madhubhashini R. Rathnayaka | Sri Lanka

THE ORDINARY STAR, Samreen Farooqui & Shabani Hassanwalia | India



Mind For Stories | Jaipur

December 2018

30 participants consisting of filmmakers, media students, cinematographers and film teachers were engaged in diversely enriching dialogue with filmmaker Audrius Stonys, Lithuania and Producer/Filmmaker Kyungsoo Han, South Korea.

  • Audrius Stonys took the audience to the core of Baltic sensibilities where his universe of cinema reiterates his inscrutable curiosity, fascination and empathy for ordinary people. The process of multiple viewing of his films and dialogue led to an arc in touching upon the transformation of an artist and his experiential reflections through motion images.

  • Kyungsoo Han, one of the most successful Korean producers with recent films like With or Without You and My Love Don’t Cross the River, shared the journeys of films from concept to realization both in terms of international co-production and creative success as well as the unique relationship and accountability the crew shared with protagonists.


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