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Sana Bilgrami

Arts Trainee of the month - April and May 2005

Traineeship in documentary production, Pilton Video Project
Educational background: MA, Visual Communications, Film and Television, 2001
BA, Philosophy, Film and Communications, 1997

Sana Bilgrami was born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1974 and studied Film and Communications, and Philosophy, at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  As part of the cultural diversity implementation strategy, she trained in documentary production at Pilton Video Project in Edinburgh.

Sana says 'Working with Pilton Video has given me the training, confidence and experience to move on to feature length projects'. Still from 'Across the Waters'; Photo: Sana Bilgrami

'My experience at Pilton Video has been exciting and enabling.  With technical and mentoring support from the staff, I gained invaluable experience in getting my first broadcast and cinema commission for a documentary film.  I was trained in all aspects of production, management and scheduling, and was exposed to working with professional crew and equipment.  I also participated in various workshops and seminars as a result of this traineeship.  I would like to move on to making feature-length documentaries for cinema and television.  My particular interests lie in the experiences of minority and marginalized communities.  During my traineeship, I attended workshops and seminars at Sheffield Film Festival and the Factual Forum, where I learnt a lot about the commissioning process and international co-finance.'

Sana now works as a freelance director in Edinburgh.

Find out more about Sana's work, including 'Across the Waters' and visit Sana's website.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.

Related links
* Diversity homepage
* Diversity features archive index
* Cultural Diversity case studies
* 'Across the Waters' feature
* Sana Bilgrami's website
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