Three Week Social Change Filmmaking Workshop – Delhi, India


Dates: 2017 dates announced soon

Application Deadline 

Location:                     Delhi, India

Tuition:                        AU $3500 (includes non refundable deposit $1000)

                                     Deposit must be paid by Sept 15th 2016. Balance due Oct 15th 2016.


Accommodation, Meals & Flights:

                                    Accommodation, meals and flights are not included in the tuition cost. We are                                       happy to help you with any advice needed. There are some fantastic eating                                           and accommodation options in Hauz Khas, the area of South Delhi we                                                     are running the workshop. Please see Planning Your Trip.


Enrolment:                 12 student maximum


Instructors:                Matt Cartwright

                                    Peta Khan                                                                             

                                    Leigh Bramall


Contact:                      Peta Khan:  0435 911 544


Program Overview


Maitree House partners with non-government organisations (NGOs) across Asia to produce media for social change. By enrolling in the IGNITE workshop you have a unique opportunity to create meaningful content for a real organisation whilst learning valuable production skills, connecting with international producers, building your portfolio and contributing to positive change in the area.


Who is it suitable for?

IGNITE is an intensive 3-week course tailored specifically for young people (18-30yrs) looking for an introduction to documentary film and social change storytelling. Participants will ideally already have some skills and experience with filmmaking or photography but its not 100% necessary. We are more looking for people with initiative, cultural sensitivity and a passion for social change. All applicants must be able to work with others in a collaborative, team-oriented environment and be willing to fulfill an assigned role in a small production team.



Participants will learn foundation filmmaking and doco skills in the classroom which you will then apply directly in the field as you set out to produce a powerful social change film within your small production unit. We will encourage each film to follow a narrative structure that shares part the story of our Partner NGO. See here for a previous example of an IGNITE story. The course covers all aspects of non-fiction filmmaking from developing a powerful story, planning the shoots, interview craft, small crew cinematography, lighting and sound recording, through to how to craft a strong story in post. It also explores key aspects of filmmaking in a community development context , such as best practices for working with diverse community members, working across cultural and language barriers and aligning your work with a grassroots development organization. All film outcomes will be made available to the partnering NGO for future use in their advocacy or fundraising work.



The workshop will run Monday to Friday each week for the full three weeks. We will generally be sticking to a 9am to 4pm workshop schedule  - but in production week this may be shifted according to each group's filming times. The weekends are available for the students to explore the city or continue work on their film project.

Maitree excited to announce our IGNITE 2017 partners in Delhi - Butterflies!
Butterflies advocates for and protects the rights of children in India. Its programs focus on working with the most vulnerable groups of children in Delhi and across other Indian cities and states.
The Team

Passionate about social justice, Maitree excels in bringing to life the voices and stories of people from diverse and often vulnerable backgrounds. Their social justice vision, that every story counts, means that people who are so often voiceless, vulnerable or invisible, can voice a powerful and meaningful message to engage audiences often unfamiliar with their experience.  Client of Maitree’s


Our core IGNITE team is made up of experienced documentary / social change filmmakers and journalists from both Australia and India. We all have experience producing work for clients in a community development context and for international clients. Some exciting Masterclasses run by our Indian counterparts will be announced soon - they include sessions exploring topics such as being a video journalist in India and the craft of documentary from award winning Indian filmmakers.


Matt Cartwright is an Australian filmmaker specialising in the area of short and long-form narrative, documentaries and social conscience campaigns. Matt travels the world but still calls Australia home where he lectures at the School of Digital Media, UNSW. Matt has worked on some of Australia's most successful social and environmental advocacy film campaigns to date, working with clients such as Green Peace, GetUp, Boomerang Alliance, WWF and Save The Reef.


Peta Khan is a documentary filmmaker and producer with extensive experience in using film and multimedia in a community development context. She is an experienced community media facilitator and has worked for clients in Australia and internationally. Most recently has been a multimedia producer and trainer for the ABC where she collaborated with communities across the Top End helping them to produce local stories for publishing on ABC Open and national broadcast on ABC News 24.


Leigh Bramall is Maitree House’s Technical Director. He oversees each project’s technical aspects and ensures the quality of each production is exceptional. Leigh is a hands-on creative and depending on the size of the project, he works across the board from concept development to camera and editor. Leigh has a background in both sound design and cinematography and has worked on a diversity of productions including feature films, music videos, TVCs, festivals and installations in China, India and across Australia.


Students will be encouraged to form a Production Team of three or four and will be assigned a Production Kit. Each team meets with local NGO partners to discuss suitable topics of focus and will produce a 5 to 10 minute short non-fiction film with current HD/4K cameras and edited in Adobe Premiere.

Students will learn to find their subjects, write outlines, conduct interviews, work with translation/transcript, construct story, film B-roll, lighting, audio recording and post-production.



Deadlines are fantastic for getting a result and are a necessary part of the real world of filmmaking. Upon completion of the 3 weeks all films will be screened in Delhi with audience including all participants and contributors to the films, and invitations will extend to a number of local NGOs, journalists, filmmakers and Govt bodies including the Australian Embassy.



Each team will receive a Production Kit consisting of an industry standard doco/journo video camera with tripod, wireless microphones and a Mac laptop. Lighting will be available as required. If you wish to bring any of your own equipment please notify us so we can determine if it will be suitable for the course.



Workshop participants own the copyright for any film created during the workshop however by attending the workshop you agree that both Maitree and the NGO Partner on your trip are able to use the film to promote their work/programs. As part of these conditions Maitree may use attendee’s images for promotional use of the Ignite program.

Planning Your Trip



Flights are not included in the Tuition Costs. This is up to participants to organise. A number of Airlines service Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi – Air India, Qantas, Emirates. Prices vary throughout the year ranging from approximately $1000 to $1800 return.


**Please do not book your flights until we confirm we have the numbers for the tour. Participants will be notified no later than 20th September 2016 if the tour will be going ahead. AS SOON AS WE HAVE THE NUMBERS FOR THE WORKSHOP, WE WILL NOTIFY YOU SO YOU CAN ARRANGE YOUR FLIGHTS.



The workshops will be based around the Hauz Khas Village area of South Delhi which has numerous hotels, shops, parks and cafes to escape the bustle of the city. There are a number of recommended hostels and hotels nearby that are quite affordable and include breakfast & wifi. These include Marigold B&B, The Hosteller, Hotel Oscar, The JRD to name a few. Should you wish to arrange a twin share room with another student, we can organise for you to meet online.

Meals are the responsibility of students and an infinite number of options await. So venture out in search of the perfect curry! A warning though, there are rules to avoiding the infamous Delhi-belly…




Fly into New Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) at least a day or two before the workshop commences. The Hauz Khas area is approx. 8km from the airport and costs approximately Rs300 (A$6) to get there. Make sure you have a print out of the hotels details for the driver.



It will be necessary at times for students to take local transport to move between venues and shoot locations. Fortunately the new city metro is fast and cheap, as well as auto-rickshaws being a fun affordable option for moving about quickly with your team.



Once the trip is paid for, Maitree will help each participant organise a volunteer visa with the support of our Partner NGO. This requires some time so you need to make sure your passport is ready to go with at least 6 months validity after the workshop dates.


Travel Insurance and Vaccinations

Participants will need to organise vaccinations and travel insurance themselves. These are both highly recommended.


When To Arrive, The Schedule, And When To Leave

All students should arrive at least the day before the workshops. There will be a social meetup on Sunday evening (27th Nov) at a venue in Haus Khas for those who have already arrived. All 3-week workshops will keep a Monday to Friday schedule which will allow enough time for all aspects of the students training and production. On the final Saturday is the screening which will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate, network and receive feedback from your colleagues and industry professionals.

Terms and Conditions



Payment Schedule

Applications due: 31st August (Extended from the 15th August 2016)

Successful Application Notification Date: 5th September 2016

Deposits due: $1000 by 15th September 2016

Workshop numbers confirmed: 20th September (Once deposits are paid)

Balance due: 15th October 2016

Deposits: If workshop numbers are not enough for the trip to go ahead your deposit will be returned in full on 20th September.


Cancellation Policy: If you need to pull out of the workshop, you may do so up until 15th October and get a refund on your balance. We are unable to refund the deposit. After that date, we are unable to offer any refunds, but will guarantee a spot for you in a future workshop.



Maitree House will not assume responsibility or liability for any loss or damage of personal effects or for any injury or loss during your program. Maitree House is not liable for any loss, damage, or injury caused by war, weather, sickness, government restrictions or regulations or any other causes over which we have no control. Maitree House recommends that each participant carry personal travel insurance to cover the cost of any unforeseen emergency, damage to or loss of baggage, cancellation or sickness. If a participant becomes ill or incapacitated, Maitree House may take whatever action it deems necessary to preserve his health/safety, including medical treatments, hospital transfers at the participant's expense. 


* By paying deposit and tuition and/or by attending this workshop, students agree to these non-negotiable terms.

Application Form

As there are limited places available on the IGNITE workshop, we ask anyone interested to please fill out the Application Form below by August 15th 2016.