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Editcamp aims at providing further insight into stories by addressing complex dialectics of documentary editing. The mentoring lab invites filmmakers with work-in-progress to improve their skill of editing and find creative solutions to effective and nuanced storytelling under the supervision of consulting experts and professionals.

The first edition (30 May – 7 June 2020) invited 8 young filmmakers who are working on their recent projects for a 7-day workshop in intensive consultation and feedback sessions reworking the timelines for intended narrative arcs.

Due to COVID19 impact, the workshop took place virtually.

The workshop series is expected to empower the editors/filmmakers, in their early stage of projects, to identify complex and sophisticated treatment of motion picture narrative and express cinematically to the audience in engaging and thought-provoking ways.

The lab envisages strengthening the community with higher degree of artistic innovation, inspired by nuanced skill of editing and expanding the storytelling practices through creative collaborations with a sense of solidarity of shared knowledge for independent growth.

Editcamp : the first edition
Dates: May 30 to June 7

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For the first edition, all our previous Letsdoc fellows were invited to participate in the programme, provided they could produce a 20-30 min cut of their projects to work upon during the lab.

However, owing to the lockdown situation only 8 of them responded and could take part in the virtual workshop.

We also offered the participating filmmakers to join with their respective editors if they had one attached already, and 3 of the participants came with their editors who were immensely benefitted from the mentoring sessions.

Editcamp began with an open discussion where filmmakers presented their respective projects and received feedback from the mentors. From the next day onwards the projects were scheduled for one-on-one sessions with the mentors followed by rigorous critical discussion on timeline and story flow.

Filmmakers worked on their edit, in an incubation of 5 days, for further development of the stories after meticulous input from tutors for final presentation and feedback to creative solutions to emotional and dramaturgical struggle of the narrative.

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Highlights Of The Sessions:

  • Detailed analysis of the story idea and presented timeline by the mentors for critical reflections

  • Defined direction on how to explore new possibilities of creative treatment

  • Mentors guided the filmmakers/editors on effective coordination between the scenes to ensure narrative flow

  • Filmmakers internalized incredible insights in finding the story arc with exciting new possibilities

 

TUTORS

ARJUN GOURISARIA

PANKAJ RISHI KUMAR

RANAJIT RAY

NILOTPAL MAJUMDAR

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

AGAINST THE TIDE | Sarvnik Kaur

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A sublime tale of love, brotherhood and resentments against the backdrop of an adoring sea, which is turning adverse under the menacing effects of an all-pervading calamity called climate change.

AN INSIGNIA OF A FORCED WINTER | Ajimesh Saha

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A story of a young man who flees persecution in his country. In search of a new hope and life, he somehow manages to sneak into an unknown country. As he starts living a life of an illegal immigrant, the trauma of statelessness further devastates him. As he deals with his inner and outer conflicts and begins to lose all his hope, he falls in love with another victim of genocide. They can’t meet with each other. But their love and intimacy grow with time. This gives him a sudden hope in his life and he sets off to meet with her. But there lies an international border in between. Will he be able to meet with her ever?

AYENA | Sidhhart Sarin

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Years ago, a momentary act of revenge changed the lives of two Indian women, oddly opening unforeseen possibilities. After an acid attack on their faces, Ritu and Faraha negotiate their everyday realities and navigate the odd currents to rebuild a new life.

EXIT - Sumira Roy

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On their 50th wedding anniversary octogenarian Narayan proposes to his wife: let’s die together. She says yes! The film sets out to explore what lies beneath this momentous decision.

FATIMA | Sourabh Dutta

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Married off into a world of sex-trafficking at the Indo-Nepali border, Fatima stands up to a web of traffickers, the police, and her own community traditions, to bring hope to its children.

PRABHA AND THE ROAD TO DELHI | Vinita Saroj Negi

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Prabha Nene, 82, shares a deep relationship with her sole companion, her vintage car Austin 1935. She will defy old age, financial difficulties, solitude, lack of support and failing health to fix it back to life and participate in what she thinks would probably be the last big rally of her life, The 21 Gun Salute Rally, New Delhi.

THE ESTRANGED HILL | Subhajiit Prasad

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Lives are crushed and dreams are trampled upon as demand for independence and identity reverberates across the mountains of Darjeeling.

THERE ARE NO DOGS IN LITTLE MAUNGDAW | Dipanjan Choudhury

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The story of Abul Hosen’s search for his homeland in a climate of hatred and xenophobia. Will he be able to keep the hope for it alive in the dreams of his grandchildren; first generation Rohingya refugees born but denied access to rights unlike other refugees in India?


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