Why we become filmmakers may not just be a creative urge anymore. Increasingly, we have ideas and information to share – concerns that go directly to the core of who we are and where we are going as a society…

Filmmaking for Change is a two-year project-focused course that teaches the skills of film as they pertain to a specific project a student wishes to create. The student will receive training and assistance in development, planning, pre-production, production, and postproduction on their project.

Creativity and Social Responsibility: This program is reserved for students who have a project either fiction or non-fiction that can be described as: A visual story, either narrative or documentary, that will have the power to stimulate a response, change opinion and inspire people to act for the betterment of the world.

Some example topic categories are: Environmental, Conservation, Social Justice, Humanitarian, Animal Rights, Ethics & Values. Projects in the categories of Scientific and Spiritual Exploration will also be considered.

To inspire the greatest number of people, you need to make something and release it directly into the world. The exposure a student can get through film and digital content, whether it’s at a film festival, a local cinema screening, through online distribution or educational channels, is magnified compared to many traditional ways we try to impact change. DBIMA will also aid the student in finding financial production and distribution partners outside of the school who can help complete the project.

Requirements: Student must have a project in the early stages of development by beginning of the course.
(1) one-page description of the project, outlining the topic and if applicable, the plot;
(2) one-page tone sheet, that uses descriptive text and visuals to convey the intended tone of the piece.

Scholarships and Grants: A student who is accepted in this program will be eligible to receive financial aid from DBIMA. This will either take the form of a scholarship or grant towards funding the project.

If you have any questions or would like to apply and already have a project you would like to submit, please contact Sophia Zaidat – s.zaidat@dbiem.org to set up an online interview.