Filmmakers Shazia Khan and Megha Ramaswamy are the recipients of two US$10,000 grants from the inaugural IDF-Chicken & Egg Fund for Women Directors.
Launched in July 2014, the fund stems from a partnership between the Indian Documentary Foundation (IDF) and the U.S. non-profit organization for women filmmakers, Chicken & Egg Pictures.
The fund was open to Indian applicants from any stage of their careers in non-fiction filmmaking, and aimed to support film, hybrid and transmedia storytelling for both television and theatrical release, with a focus on social, environmental or political themes.
In addition to the grants, Khan – whose documentary I Never Left (pictured) chronicles the Kashmir conflict – and Ramaswamy, who helmed the Indian acid violence film The Newborns, will receive in-kind services, such as editing, post-production and sound mixing. They will also have the opportunity to attend a major North American market, where they are to receive one-on-one mentoring from the Chicken & Egg Pictures team.
“We received a very high standard of applications, and it was a very tough choice to award only two,” said Sophy Sivaraman, director of IDF, in a statement. “Both filmmakers show a singular vision, passion and determination, and have shown real commitment to their films as agents of social change.”
Chicken & Egg Pictures co-founder Wendy Ettinger added: “We were all very moved by the stories these filmmakers are telling, and by the art with which they tell them. It will be exciting to work with Shazia and Megha over the coming months and see how these films develop.”