How to make a Documentary Film in Pakistan

Making a documentary film in Pakistan can be a complex and challenging process, but here at Jawad Sharif Films, one of the top film production companies in the country, we believe we help YOU create a compelling and impactful film.

Decided you want to put your ideas on the big screen but don’t know where to start?

We’ve made a step-by-step guide to making a documentary film in Pakistan.

Step 1: Choose a subject

The first step in making a documentary film is to choose a subject that you are passionate about. Something that you believe is worth exploring in greater depth. This could be a social issue, a historical event, or a personal story. It’s important to choose a subject that you are knowledgeable about and that you feel strongly about, this will help you to create a more compelling film.

Step 2: Research and plan

Once you have chosen a subject, it’s important to do thorough research and planning to ensure that your film is well-informed and well-structured. This may involve:

  • Conducting interviews with experts.
  • Gathering relevant research materials.
  • Outlining the key points and themes.

It’s also important to consider how you will structure your film, including how you will introduce your subject and how you will build your argument or tell your story.

Step 3: Get funding

Obtaining funding is a major challenge for many documentary filmmakers in Pakistan. Unlike feature films, which often have big budgets and investors, documentaries are often self-funded or rely on grants and other forms of external funding. If you need funding for your film, Jawad Sharif Films can help you explore your options and find the right sources of funding to bring your film to life.

Step 4: Assemble a team

Once you have a clear plan and have secured funding, it’s time to assemble a team to help you make your film. With our team of experienced and skilled filmmakers, Jawad Sharif Films can help you put together the right team for your film, ensuring that you have the expertise and resources you need to create a high-quality documentary.

Step 5: Shoot the film

Now for the hard part – actually shooting the film. This may involve recording interviews of locals or people of authority talking about an issue. Capturing footage of events or locations that are at the heart of your story. And gathering B-roll footage to fill the gaps and create an immersive experience for the viewer.

Our production company has the experience and expertise to help you plan and execute a successful shoot, ensuring that you get the footage you need to tell your story effectively.

Step 6: Editing and Post-production

Once you have finished shooting your film, it’s time to edit it. This process involves you selecting the best footage, arranging it in a logical and compelling way, and adding any additional elements such as music or graphics. Here our team of experienced editors, can help you bring your story to life and create a film that is engaging and impactful.


Step 7: Spread the word!

Once your film is complete, it’s time to distribute it to a wider audience. This may involve submitting your film to film festivals, releasing it online, or finding other distribution channels. Jawad Sharif Films has the connections and expertise to help you find the best distribution channels for your film. Thinking of getting started? Let’s have a chat!