Call for Tender: Short Films on Minorities in Turkey

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Minority Rights Group International (MRG) invites documentary filmmakers to tender to produce five short films (3-5 minutes) on ethnic, religious and linguistic minority issues in Turkey.

Challenges to the human rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities are on the rise across the world, with violence, harassment and threats often met with lack of accountability. They occur against a backdrop of long-standing social, political, economic and cultural marginalization and exclusion, particularly for those who face intersectional discrimination, such as minority women or persons with disabilities. Many incidents go unreported, and when monitoring does take place, it is often irregular or lacks detailed and sustained investigation of incidents.

MRG’s goal is to ensure that the human rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities are respected, that these communities are protected from persecution and discrimination, and that discrimination or prejudices are challenged.

With this in view, MRG invites filmmakers to collaborate and co-produce, direct, shoot and edit five short films. The filmmakers will bring their unique combination of journalistic news-gathering and cinematic eye to cover the issues sensitively and compellingly.

Each film should focus on a specific ethnic, religious and linguistic minority community and the pressing human rights issues that they are facing in Turkey. Subjects that are under-reported and reflecting aspects of intersectional discrimination will be prioritised. The films should be newsworthy while taking a nuanced and respectful approach to the communities in focus and the topics of concern. Your own creative inputs will be highly important.

The short films are aimed to build awareness of the issues facing by ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities among the public and policy makers in domestic, regional and international contexts.


Budget: 30,000 Euros. The budgeted amount should cover all costs, from planning to shooting and editing, and include travel costs if necessary and any taxation.

MRG will look for the post-production formatting (into TV format), conversion to social media content and plans for submission to film festivals. The number of film festivals will be decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on festival entry costs as well as film post-production costs.


  • Deadline to submit applications: 21 August 2022
  • Expected start date: 1 September 2022
  • Final film submission to MRG: 15 December 2022

Duration and Timeframe 

  • The selected film maker will start the work in September 2022,
  • A detailed timeline, draft outline and work plane should be submitted in first three weeks upon signing contract,
  • A detailed budget and shooting schedule should be provided prior to starting filming,
  • The rough cut of every phase of the films should be provided to MRG for review, comments, and approval.
  • The final products including raw materials and project films should be delivered to MRG on an external HDD.

Applicants from minority backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deliverables and payment distribution

Payment of total budget will be processed upon delivery of the following products along with invoice.

  • Detailed timeline, work plan and draft outline
  • Detailed budget and shooting schedule,
  • First cut of movie,
  • Project files and all raw materials
  • Final cut of movie.


Minority Rights Group (MRG) is an international non-governmental organization working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide and to promote co-operation between communities. The grants are financed by a financial instrument called EIDHR, which is related to the external action of the EU. This project is overseen by the Commission’s Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiation, and it is a three-year project. For more information on the project visit this page.

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