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Filmmakers from Asia are invited to submit their documentary proposals to Al Jazeera. Submit your completed application form on this site. Watch the first Viewfinder Asia 8 part series on Al Jazeera English from 15 July 2013 and, over the coming weeks, see the filmmakers introduce their documentaries.

What we are looking for
We are looking for documentary filmmakers from Asia who can tell empowering personal stories that will inspire and illuminate our global audience. You are invited to submit proposals for the Observational Documentary Workshop for Al Jazeera to consider for commissioning for broadcast in 2014.
We want you to give voice to the big issues and the changes taking place in Asia today. Your stories could be about economic equity, artistic expression, family life, social justice, housing and land, migration, environment, health or education. These types of themes are to be explored through personal stories that resonate internationally.
Whether it be with laughter, tears, anger, hope or surprise, our audience worldwide should connect with your characters and be gripped by their stories.
We are looking for characters who reveal insight into the human spirit no matter how powerless or powerful they may be in society. We want characters who seek change with displays of humanity such as courage and determination, resilience or kindness. These are the people looking to the future or challenging the status quo as they strive to overcome adversity and celebrate life.
We want to join your characters on their journeys. We are not looking for retrospective stories, profiles/portraits nor interview-based films covered with images. Your stories need to be visually compelling with strong actuality based scenes and sequences that are key to your character’s storyline. These can be big and dramatic events or tender, small moments of intimacy.
Our programme has two weekly broadcast slots. One is formatted for 25 minutes and the other is for 48 minutes. We are primarily seeking proposals that are for the 25 minute slot. If, however, we receive a proposal that is better suited for the 48 minute slot we will consider that as well.

We strongly encourage you to view our Films to Watch before you send in your Application. http://ajeviewfinde r.com/films- to-watch/

Who Can Apply
We seek filmmakers with some proven experience, who have a commitment to documentary storytelling and want to expand their skills to meet the observational storytelling style for Al Jazeera broadcast.
This call is restricted to filmmakers who are based exclusively in Asia with stories set in Asia.The filmmaker will need to have a working knowledge of English to participate in the workshop and foster an ongoing relationship with Al Jazeera English.
The director of the film will need to be available to attend the workshop from 30 September to 6 October 2013 in Busan, South Korea.
Asia region includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

Application information to be included in each submitted 25 minute project proposal (1 application x 25 minute project proposal). Each section must be completed fully for the application to be accepted for consideration. Applications must be completed in English. There is no application fee. If you are having technical difficulties with the online application, please email a Microsoft Word version of your application to: witness@aljazeera. net

For more Log on to http://ajeviewfinde r.com/the- application/

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