Upcoming Events

DraftCraft International's Goa Programme
(15 Nov 2019 - 2 Dec 2019)

DraftCraft International is pleased to announce its quarterly programme in Goa, India against the backdrop of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI Goa 2019). During the programme, DraftCraft International, in association with DraftCraft Institutes, will conduct and host Residential Workshops, Residential Retreats, Round-table Talks and Film Screenings.

DraftCraft International's Indian and Foreign Interns, Fellows and Volunteers are eligible to participate in the Goa programme for an opportunity to observe and learn from its 'live projects' in Goa. DraftCraft International will provide basic, shared accommodation and meals to interns, fellows and volunteers during the programme (charges apply). Those interns, fellows and volunteers interested in attending a Workshop/Retreat may contact for discounted rates.


Residential Workshops in Goa

Distinct from the run-of-the-mill and mundane classroom exercises, the Four-Day Weekend Residential Workshops and Three-Day Weekday Residential Workshops will be held at exotic outdoor venues, including those of DraftCraft International's 'live projects' in Goa.

Duration of Workshops
Three-day and Four-day Workshops (dates listed with each workshop).

Eligibility for Workshops
Indian Nationals: HSC or Class XII from a recognised board or university.
Foreign Nationals: Equivalent of HSC or Class XII in the respective country.
The programme is open to students, practitioners and professionals of all disciplines.

Venue for Workshops
Multiple outdoor and 'live project' venues in Goa.

Fees for Workshops
Fees for weekend residential workshops is listed with each workshop.

* The fees include:
- Workshop sessions
- Expert lectures
- Field sessions
- Accommodation during the workshop
- Meals during the workshop

* The fees do not include:
- Travel to/from Goa
- Travel within Goa
- Anything that has not been expressly provided. For any special requirements, you may inquire with the office (Extra charges will apply for any special request/need)

Accommodation during Workshops
For the duration of the workshop, basic shared accommodation will be provided in Goa. Exclusive accommodation can be requested (Extra charges will apply).

Takeaways from Workshops
- Academic learning and practical understanding of issues
- Chance to observe 'live projects'
- Opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals
- Opportunity to extend professional and social circles
- Attend IFFI 2019 Film Festival** (Open Forum)
- Outdoor lectures/sessions across Goa

Registration for Workshops
Registration deadline is Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Note: To register for two or more Workshops / Retreats or for Group Registrations, contact the office on institutes@draftcraft.in for discounted rates.

List of Four-Day Weekend Residential Workshops

Friday, 15 Nov 2019 - Monday, 18 Nov 2019 (Monday)
1) Women: Law, Policy and Perception
2) Gender: Section 377 and Beyond
3) Rewriting History

Friday, 22 Nov 2019 - Monday, 25 Nov 2019
4) Laws affecting Film-makers
5) See Change: Films for Change
6) Films and Freedom

Friday, 29 Nov 2019 - Monday, 2 Dec 2019
7) International Human Rights (Focus - Kashmir)
8) International Refugee and Migrant Rights (Focus - Rohingyas and NRC)
9) Copyright Laws affecting the Media

List of Three-Day Weekday Residential Workshops

Monday, 18 Nov 2019 - Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019
1) Article 15 and its Reach (Focus - The Muslim Identity)
2) Article 19 and Reasonable Restrictions (Focus - Social Media)
3) Article 21 and the State (Focus - Beef and Bans)
4) Right to Dissent

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019 - Friday, 22 Nov 2019
5) Secularism in India
6) Religion and the Law (Focus - Sabrimala)
7) Media and Bias
8) Identifying Fake News

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1) Women: Law, Policy and Perception
Four-day workshop | 15 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 18 Nov 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
Despite the host of legislative and administrative actions to empower women, they remain marginalised. Constitutional provisions of the right to equality do not ensure implementation of laws that remains weak owing to traditional mindset of the society and lackadaisical attitude of the authorities. The workshop will throw light on gender concepts, patriarchy, empowerment, traditional crimes against women, Indian laws and policies vs the world, implementation and perception.

2) Gender: Section 377 and Beyond
Four-day workshop | 15 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 18 Nov 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code covers just the 'criminal' aspect of non-consensual sex 'against the order of nature with man, woman or animal'. It does not in any way detail the existence of diverse genders. That was touched upon by the Supreme Court judgement that read down the Section for the purpose of brevity. Also, issues such as gay marriage, separation, divorce, inheritance and adoption, that directly affect the community have not received any attention whatsoever. The workshop will explore the laws and policies regulating the LGBTQI+ community; gender identity and discrimination; perception in India and around the world. It will also discuss the way ahead for the community post the landmark Section 377 judgement.

3) Rewriting History
Four-day workshop | 15 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 18 Nov 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
There is no single correct version of history because, like Dan Brown says 'By its very nature, history is always a one-sided account'. Amid growing allegations of attempts to rewrite history by renaming cities, tampering textbooks, etc., there is also a counter-narrative that justifies these moves because the history that we have been reading till now was mostly written by the colonists who ruled the country. Is there really a need to 'correct' history? Whose version is more correct? What will be the ramifications of these changes? These and more pertinent questions will be addressed in the workshop.

4) Laws affecting Film-makers
Four-day workshop | 22 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 25 Nov 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
Films are governed by the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression directly and indirectly by the Right to Life. Today, with censorship in the news for arguable reasons, the need to examine the laws that affect film-makers is felt most strongly. Making a film on change may be radical and exciting even elicit immense support across Social Media but may be clamped down upon by the State for fears that may be reasonable. Why, the State is even on the brink of making laws and regulations for online content doled out of OTT platforms. A legal analysis and update.

5) See Change: Films for Change
Four-day workshop | 22 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 25 Nov 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
The workshop will tackle the processes of documentary film-making to create change. The need for political, judicial or social intervention can be successfully fulfilled by films. This workshop will apprise participants of the modes of identifying issues, learn persuasive techniques of tackling them for viewers, get a hang of the processes to insinuate, instigate or  insult viewers and...trigger change. A series of DraftCraft Films' See Change documentaries that have triggered radical changes at Ground Zero will be screened and techniques discussed here.

6) Films and Freedom
Four-day workshop | 22 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 25 Nov 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
The workshop will apprise the participants on how films go beyond being just a product of creativity when they are released for public viewing. A film is a medium of communication and undoubtedly with the most impact of them all. The law of the land comes into play when one's freedom of speech and expression violates any other's fundamental right under the Indian Constitution. The workshop will throw light on Films, Censorship, Freedom of Speech, Legal Implications, Copyright and more with a comparative discourse on films and freedom in India and across the world.

7) International Human Rights (Focus - Kashmir)
Four-day workshop | 29 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 2 Dec 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
Human rights issues are no longer restricted to the domestic confines of a nation. Any violation causes political and diplomatic ripples globally. Internationally, human rights are morphed from the international rules and treaties between nations arbitrated by entities like the United Nations, International Court of Justice, etc. The workshop will explore the interlude of human rights within and between States; how human rights all over are formulated and violated; and ways and means to protect the same, with a deep focus on human rights situation in Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

8) International Refugee and Migrant Rights (Focus - Rohingyas and NRC)
Four-day workshop | 29 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 2 Dec 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
International migration is presently the most pressing social issue globally. Many communities continue to face existential crisis following civil and external wars. Refugees get mired with stringent migration and refugee laws of a region that are a complex mix of international and domestic legal systems and human rights law. These laws need to be analysed to help identify and tackle legal lacunae that affect migratory patterns. The workshop will enhance understanding of the interplay of laws in conflict zones, complexity of key issues and the responsibilities of governments towards protection of human rights of migrants and refugees. Focus areas include: Syrian Crisis, Rohingya Crisis and the NRC.

9) Copyright Laws affecting the Media
Four-day workshop | 29 Nov 2019 (Friday) - 2 Dec 2019 (Monday)
Fees: INR 17,500* | Register
Any industry that deals with creative properties faces the risk of copyright violation, plagiarism and intellectual property rights issues. It isn't rare to find someone stealing your creative works or concurrently find yourself faced with legal action should you tend to infringe upon someone's creative works. With the world becoming smaller, access to others' works is as easy as clicking on a hyperlink, making threats of Copyright violations real. The workshop will explain the legalities and the pitfalls of copyright law that directly affects the media/entertainment industry.

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1) Article 15 and its Reach (Focus - The Muslim Identity)
Three-day workshop | 18 Nov 2019 (Monday) - 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
The Right To Equality as guaranteed by Article 15 of the Indian Constitution extends to all within a religious group like say Hindus which addresses bias towards a gender, community or person from 'a' calling of the group. Concurrently, the right is used with judicious license to strike down laws and regulations that are violative of the same. Instances of when Article 15 is put to use and examined in Independent India's context as opposed to the World view will be analysed and discussed.

2) Article 19 and Reasonable Restrictions (Focus - Social Media)
Three-day workshop | 18 Nov 2019 (Monday) - 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
Article 19 that deals with freedom is always in the news and because of its all-pervading influence in daily lives. Freedoms continue to be at stake when regimes or elected governments feel threatened. The Freedom to express, move, form associations even work is guaranteed by the Constitution of India but with reasonable restrictions. The workshop will tackle the issue of restrictions and examine the reasonableness of each...with judgements and case-studies to boot.

3) Article 21 and the State (Focus - Beef and Bans)
Three-day workshop | 18 Nov 2019 (Monday) - 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
Right to Life and Personal Liberty is pivotal to the very existence of all humans. And, concurrent to the Right to Life are Right to Fresh Air, Right to Walk, Right to Reside, Right to Water and more that are upheld by judgements delivered by the Apex Court and High Courts across India. The workshop will delve into finer aspects of the Right to Life and Personal Liberty and examine detention, arbitrary moves by the state and deprivation of basics by the State and its machinery along with judgments and case-studies.

4) Right to Dissent
Three-day workshop | 18 Nov 2019 (Monday) - 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
Closely associated with consent and freedom is the right to dissent. Very often, most of us are oblivious to the fact that we can register our dissent and concurrently refuse to provide information that may be risky to reveal or pose us with some sort of threat. This workshop will detail times and zones where the right to dissent must be exercised to enhance prudence. There will be precedents analysed where consent was misused or dissent wasn't taken with the seriousness it was initially delivered leading to damage or injury. The workshop helps identify and safeguard from the risks of consent being misused or dissent not being recorded or taken seriously.

5) Secularism in India
Three-day workshop | 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday) - 22 Nov 2019 (Friday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
India is not just a country. It is a multi-hued palette of religions, faiths, tribes, cults, customs and more. For centuries, before India was even called by that name, the people of this land embraced travellers, refugees and migrating communities. In present-day scenario, the country has faced several allegations of being 'non-inclusive' and 'intolerant' by entities within and beyond borders, especially in the polarised political environment. The workshop will explore the timeline of 'Secular India' and how perception is diametrically different from reality.

6) Religion and the Law (Focus - Sabrimala)
Three-day workshop | 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday) - 22 Nov 2019 (Friday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
Religion has been the bone of contention for most in Independent India. Secularism, assured and delivered, in judgements and rulings across India will be analysed here. Alongside, the history of Secularism, Religion and the State's twin-edged bias towards the strict essence of Secularism will be examined particularly in the context of Constitutional Provisions and Guarantees. Freedom of Religion in newly-freed India vs Freedom of Religion in today's context will also be discussed. The Sabrimala judgement will be point of focus in today's context.

7) Media and Bias
Three-day workshop | 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday) - 22 Nov 2019 (Friday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
Today, the Media has been charged with practising bias as never before. While the fourth estate struggles with credibility issues, fake news and being called names like 'presstitute', it's time to look within. The workshop will take you back to the drawing board and examine the concept of bias that lies deep-rooted within society and, particularly so, among the Media; how to safeguard against Bias; Instances and Outcomes.

8) Identifying Fake News
Three-day workshop | 20 Nov 2019 (Wednesday) - 22 Nov 2019 (Friday)
Fees: INR 15,000* | Register
Fake News is the new buzz word in media and in socio-political debates. The new phenomenon, its origin and extent are still being studied and researched upon. The legal ramifications and social repercussions are still unknown to most stakeholders. The workshop will equip you with the tools and skills to identify fake news, its source and analyse impact in India and internationally. DraftCraft International has been working in the area of identifying fake news globally. The workshop will analyse case studies from all over the world and how fake news has changed the narrative and topics of debate.

Five-Day Residential Retreats in Goa

DraftCraft International is organising Residential Retreats in Goa for Writers, Photographers / Film-Makers and Single Women in the backdrop of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI Goa 2019). The Residential Retreats will be conducted by experts in specific areas with carefully-curated sessions, exercise-based workshops and learning activities. And, what better place to host the retreats than Goa which offers the perfect venue, rejuvenating, inspiring and invigorating, to unwind, explore your hidden talents and get in touch with your creative side!

1) Writers' Retreat
Five-Day Retreat | 15 Nov 2019 (Friday) to 19 Nov 2019 (Tuesday)
Fees: INR 22,500* | Register
So, you want to write a book? Start a blog of your own? Or embark on a career of travel writing? Come...sign up for the five-day Writers' Retreat in Goa offered by DraftCraft International. Here, you get to attend training sessions and mentoring by a senior editor and his team at informal, intensive sessions held in the open in Goa. A session could be held at the bohemian Arambol Beach in the night; at a UNESCO World Heritage Site like the steps of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception; against the backdrop of the historic St Augustine Tower in Old Goa; on a barge while sipping on wine along Tiracol River and more through the five-day programme. You are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, conceptualise your works, break free of blocks and pen down your first draft for publication. Click here for more details of the Retreat.

2) Single Women's Retreat
Five-Day Retreat | 22 Nov 2019 (Friday) to 26 Nov 2019 (Tuesday)
Fees: INR 22,500* | Register
If there's anything tougher than being a woman, it's being a 'single' woman. You get judged round the clock and for doing just about anything in life. Whether it's having a coffee by yourself at a coffee shop; catching a movie or simply buying an I-Pill over the counter. Take a break...you deserve it!

And, what better way to take a break from it all than opt for the Single Women's Retreat in Goa. Conducted by DraftCraft International's The Woman Survivor, this five-day Single Women's Retreat in Goa will help you get away from being judged; get away from the bustle of life; grab an opportunity to get recharged to be able to perform better and have a blast while doing it. You get a chance to be by yourself; sip on a Long Island Iced Tea; down a couple of Tequilas and soak in the sun at dawn or stretch away your blues at a yoga session at dusk. Come, sign up...now!

The Residential Retreat will include Yoga Sessions, Challenge Programmes, Personal Consultation Sessions, Talks/discussions/screenings on life lessons, positivity, balance, bias, the law and mind over matter. You will get an opportunity to partake in The Woman Survivor's Sense-I-Tive Programme to help boost you personality and rediscover the 'real' you. Click here for more details of the Retreat.

3) Photographers'/Film-Makers' Retreat
Five-Day Retreat | 29 Nov 2019 (Friday) to 3 Dec 2019 (Tuesday)
Fees: INR 22,500* | Register
For photographers, both amateur and professional, Goa holds myriad opportunities. Come attend a five-day long Photographers' / Film-Makers' Retreat in Goa where you can avail first-hand training sessions and mentoring by a professional film-maker / photographer at the sessions held across Goa. What's more is that you could also partake in exciting Documentary-Making and Photofeature Projects in Goa with a team of DraftCraft International professionals. Shoots could be held in the by-lanes of Fontainhas aka Latin Quarters in Panjim; in the wildlife parks of Old Goa or on an island, far away from the bustle of urban life. The five-day retreat is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing, conceptualise your works, break free of blocks and click your first works for publication. Click here for more details of the Retreat.


Global Project Internship Programme
(21 Sep 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)
Nepal, Norway, Venezuela, India

Most of DraftCraft International's Internship and Volunteering Programmes are chargeable for both Indian and International students and practitioners. However, for certain live projects and campaigns, DraftCraft throws open limited free internship and volunteering opportunities.

Useful For:
The programme is open for students and practitioners of the following disciplines, but not limited to:
- Law / Media / Film-Making / Tourism
- Liberal Arts / Sociology / History / Heritage Management / Anthropology
- International Studies / International Relations / Human Rights
- Public Policy / Political Science / Social Work
- Gender / Women Studies / Development Studies
- DraftCraft International's Researchers, Fellows, Interns and Volunteers

Presently, DraftCraft International is accepting applications for its Global Project Internship Programme (one-week, two-week and four-week programmes) from 21 Sep 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 in Nepal, Norway, Venezuela and India (Mumbai and Kutch).

The selected interns will be working in specific project areas for personalised attention and training.

DraftCraft International's global projects focus on Environment, Sustainable Development, Women, Human Rights, IPR, Community Laws, Tribal Affairs, Indigenous Rights, Public Policy, CRZ, Migration, Tourism, Culture, History and Heritage, Anthropological Studies, Immigration, Property Rights, Law and Order, Conflict and Excess, Rule of Law, International Law, etc.

During this period, a Fundamentals In Practice Certificate Course (Duration: One Week) will be conducted for interns to apprise them of DraftCraft International's key projects, relevant laws and policies, socio-cultural aspects, legal issues, conflicts, violations, international perspective, etc. For the uninitiated, with little or no background/professional exposure, this course may be suggested as a mandatory prerequisite that could run parallel to the internship programme.

Additionally, interns may sign up for one or more Specialised Certificate Courses (Duration: One Week) during the internship programme. Charges for courses are discounted for DraftCraft interns. For applicants with no professional exposure, the specialised course may be suggested as a mandatory prerequisite for the Global Project Internship Programme.

Following is the list of specialised courses offered during the Global Project Internship Programme along with an opportunity to work on DraftCraft International's key live projects. Interested candidates may sign-up just for the course in the specified duration and location(s):

* Certificate Course: International Human Rights
* Certificate Course: International Law and Diplomacy
* Certificate Course: International Migration and Refugee Law
* Certificate Course: International Criminal Law
* Certificate Course: Religion and the Law
* Certificate Course: South Asia Human Rights Laws
* Certificate Course: Women - Law, Policy and Practice
* Certificate Course: Gender - Beyond Borders
* Certificate Course: Gender - Section 377 and Beyond
* Certificate Course: Gender - Perception and Reality
* Certificate Course: Article 15 and its Reach
* Certificate Course: Article 21 and the State
* Certificate Course: Article 19 and Reasonable Restrictions
* Certificate Course: Media Laws
* Certificate Course: Fake News - Beyond Borders
* Certificate Course: Media and Bias
* Certificate Course: Copyright Laws Affecting the Media
* Certificate Course: Legal Risks of Social Media
* Certificate Course: Intellectual Property Rights and the Law
* Certificate Course: Films and Freedom
* Certificate Course: Censorship and Privacy
* Certificate Course: Environment and Development
* Certificate Course: Indigenous People, Culture and Development
* Certificate Course: History, Heritage and Perception
* Certificate Course: Social Anthropology
* Certificate Course: Linguistic Anthropology
* Certificate Course: Affirmative Action vs Social Reaction
* Certificate Course: Inclusive Tourism and Policy
* Certificate Course: Environment, Development and Policy
* Certificate Course: Gender Laws and Policy
* Certificate Course: Terror Laws and State Policy (Focus: Global / Region / State)
* Certificate Course: Human Rights and State Policy (Focus: Global / Region / State)
* Certificate Course: Migration and State Policy (Focus: Global / Region / State)

For more details, visit DraftCraft Institutes. To apply for an internship programme with DraftCraft International, send your application to join@draftcraft.in complete with contact and academic details.