Film South Asia ’13 Call for Entries

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Calling for entries for the ninth edition of Film Southasia ’13, the festival of Southasian documentaries. The festival will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 3-6 October 2013.

Film Southasia (FSA) is a biennial festival that was set up in 1997 with the goal of popularising the documentary so that it entertains, informs and changes lives. In addition to the festival that takes place in Kathmandu every two years, FSA organizes screenings, discussions and workshops across Southasia to promote Southasian non-fiction within the Subcontinent and around the world. Film Southasia believes that film is a powerful medium that helps to not only in better represent the region internationally, but also contributes immensely in introspection and initiatives to bring change at the local level.

Entry forms are available on our newly re-energized website:

For eligibility and all other details, please visit our website

Submission deadline is 30 June 2013.

Please send in your film in DVD format, using a reliable courier service, to:

Film Southasia Secretariat
GPO Box: 8975 EPC 1516
Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel
Lalitpur, Nepal
Phone: +977 1 5013501

FSA 2013 aims to be more inclusive in terms of content but also style. Please share this call for entries with friends and colleagues in your networks. Please let us know if you would like to contribute to the new FSA blog which we hope to keep active leading up to the Festival in October 2013.

We look forward to your entries and hearing from you with thoughts and suggestions, and seeing you in Kathmandu in October!

With warm regards,

Team Film Southasia’ 2013

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About Shahidul Alam

A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. He returned to his hometown Dhaka in 1984, where he photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Director of the Chobi Mela festival and chairman of Majority World agency, Alam’s work has been exhibited in galleries such as MOMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern in London and The Museum of Contemporary Arts in Tehran. He has been a guest curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, the Musee de Quai Branly and the Brussels Biennale. Alam’s numerous photographic awards include the Mother Jones and the Howard Chapnick Awards and the Open Society Institute Audience Engagement Grant. A speaker at US universities, Harvard, Stanford and UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities in the UK and the Powerhouse Museum in Brisbane, Alam has been a jury member in prestigious international contests, including World Press Photo which he chaired and Prix Pictet. An Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Alam is a visiting professor of Sunderland University in the UK. He is on the advisory board of the National Geographic Society and the Eugene Smith Fund. His recent book “My Journey as a witness” was listed in the “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo. Former picture editor of Life Magazine John Morris considers the book “The most important book ever written by a photographer”
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