The British Council in Nepal and Taskovski Film Training’s #docs connect are offering an exciting professional development opportunity for filmmakers. In collaboration with Nepali Female Filmmakers and Pame Film and Music Festival, we announce placements for training, mentoring and an opportunity to connect with industry leaders in the UK. The opportunity is part of the British Council’s Gender Film Programme that aims to support women’s voices and agency in the film sector. It is supported by the Film Development Board. 

Five (5) filmmakers will receive an opportunity to participate in Sheffield Documentary Film Festival (DocFest) 2022 to present their film projects. Selected filmmakers will be preparing with national and international experts ahead of the Festival. Applicants should apply with a film in late development, in production (including post) or a recently completed but unpublished film. 

The deadline to submit your application is 11:59 PM, Nepal Time, 12 February 2022. For queries please email at

Programme details

The programme includes virtual and/or physical sessions spread across months from February to May 2022. These cover facilitated sessions and one-on-one mentoring as well as a workshop in March 2022.

Participating filmmakers are expected to physically attend Sheffield Documentary Film Festival in June 2022*. The training programme will help strengthen pitching and presentation skills, cover a range of professional development topics in mentoring, provide support on project packaging, guidance on developing promotional materials and individualised marketing and distribution strategy for projects. At DocFest participants will be able to network with co-producers, festivals, and film funds in the UK.

Placements will be awarded by a panel of judges based on the application response. The panel will consider applicant background, work experience, strength and relevance of the proposed project and purpose for its decision. Short-listed candidates may be requested for interviews the week of 8 February 2022. Applicants who successfully show dedication to their craft and work as well as show willingness to contribute further to the development of the Nepali film industry and womxn’s role in it will be prioritised. Those from minority and marginalised backgrounds are encouraged to apply! *

DocFest participation requires a 4-night, 5-day international travel. Travel and programme modality is contingent on favourable Covid-19 conditions.


Please read the FAQ document before applying. Eligibility conditions are listed below:

  • Must be 19 at the time of applying
  • Must apply with a non-fiction feature project
  • Must be a Nepali or UK diaspora with Nepali heritage
  • Submitted script/pitch needs to be original and/or the applicant should have film rights on the submitted script if the author is a second person
  • Must have experience making films; any professional engagement in filmmaking should be highlighted in the application with links to digital screeners.
  • Must be able to commit to the full programme, including all virtual sessions, a multi-day workshop in March (dates will be confirmed with selected participants), travel to Sheffield DocFest in June 2022 (4 nights, 5 days)
  • Candidate should have access to internet for mentoring and virtual sessions 

The form is bilingual and requires you to upload your CV and other details of your film project.

You can preview the questions here: