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Call for Applications: Afghan Short Documentary Contest

​​​​​Higher Education Commission (HEC) invites all enthusiastic Afghan students studying in Pakistan under “Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships for Afghan students" to submit a short documentary video sharing their higher education experiences in Pakistan using high-resolution cameras or smart phones.


  • Education Experiences of Afghan Youth studying in Pakistan


2-Tier Application Process:

Step 1: Initially submit an original idea based documentary no longer than 40 - 60 second in duration on the given theme using smart phone or high resolution cameras

Step 2: Jury members will short-list top 10 Afghan students’ entries to showcase and will inform students and their universities’ nominated Public Relations Officers (PROs) /
Mass Communication Department Faculty Members to participate as their Mentors to submit short documentary of 4 – 6 minutes using only high resolution cameras (please refer to technical requirements) on the given theme
in English language with subtitles translated into 2 languages (Urdu & Dari).


**Important Dates**

The deadline to submit the initial application has been extended to Sunday, February 26, 2023, 11:59 PM

  • ​Deadline to submit initial applications:              21-02-2023 (extended to 26-02-2023)
  • Announcement of Top 10 shortlisted finalists:   27/28-02-2023
  • Submission of final Documentary:                         13-03-2023
  • Day of Event (Tentatively):                                       15/16-03-2023

Technical Requirements: 

Final top 10 shortlisted submissions must be in the horizontal format of at least standard HD (1280 x 720 pixels) encoded in H264 (.mp4, .mov). However, for better viewing quality, a full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) format is recommended. Every video submitted must be a final edited product without any rough-cuts. All submissions must include closing credits with the following information: name(s) of the filmmaker(s), script writer, all participants, stakeholder(s) etc. 

Genre: Documentary

A short documentary covering Afghan students' access to higher education in Pakistan, day-to-day campus life, advanced teaching faculty, research and lab facilities, hostels, financial, socio-cultural, communication, psychological, and education adjustments, individual experiences, sports and other extra-curricular activities on campus, interviews with university rector/VC etc. 

Submission: Please submit your entry by any of the following means: ·        

  1. Submit your final documentary video via Google Form at OR
  2. Email your submission to Ms. Amina Munir, Project Manager, Allama Muhammad Iqbal Scholarships for Afghan students via Google Drive link at OR
  3. Mail your USB to the Mr. Jehanzeb Khan, Project Director, Human Resource Development Division, Higher Education Commission, H-8/1, Islamabad. Ph: 051-9040 8036

​Terms & Conditions:

  • All entries must reflect the original work of the student

  • Female Afghan students are highly encouraged to participate

  • By submitting your application to Higher Education Commission (HEC), you agre​e to give a license to the HEC for its public screening, including distribution via various social media, digital, and web platforms etc.

  • Top 10 shortlisted Afghan students’ entries will be called on the day of event and winners will be decided by jury members on the day of event

  • Entering this competition does not guarantee that you will win a prize or derive any other benefit 

  • Final prizes will be awarded in a grand ceremony held at HEC, Islamabad​

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