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IDF Announces Funding for Women Directors


The Indian Documentary Foundation today revealed the names of two directors who will receive the joint fund for women directors. The fund is organized in collaboration with "Chicken & Egg Pictures", an intiative supporting female non-fiction filmmakers whose innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

Megha Ramaswamy: Director of "The Newborns"

Shazia Khan, director of “I Never Left”, and Megha Ramaswamy, director of “The Newborns”, will each receive USD $10.000 combined of funding and in-kind support. Both directors are based in Mumbai, India. Sophy Sivaraman, Director of IDF, said “We received a very high standard of applications, and it was a very tough choice to award only two. 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 said “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.”

In addition to funding, the filmmakers will receive in-kind services, such as editing, post production and sound mixing. They will also have a chance to attend one major North American market, where they will receive one-on-one mentoring from the Chicken & Egg Pictures team.

More information about the funding organizations can be found on the IDF website and on