Toni Hagen Foundation Documentary Grant

About Toni Hagen Foundation

The Toni Hagen Foundation was set up in honor of the Swiss geologist and development philosopher Tony Hagen (1917-2003). Over the course of the 1950s and 60s, first as a Swiss development official and later as a United Nations expert, Toni Hagen trekked through a largely uncharted Nepal and wrote about its history, people, geography and economy of what till then was still a largely “forbidden” kingdom. He introduced Nepal to the world and to Nepalis.

Toni Hagen always sought to enhance Nepalis’ understanding of the physical, ethnographic, economic realities and demographic diversity of their country so Nepalis would address existing opportunities and challenges and take advantage of Nepal’s development potential.

The overarching goal of the Foundation, keeping in view the career and ethos of Toni Hagen, is to promote an understanding of Himalayan geography among the people of the Himalaya, particularly the youth. Geography, in this sense, is understood as a broad discipline including physical geography, economy, ethnography, culture and related areas. The Himalayas, in the definition of the Foundation, includes both the adjacent Terai plains to the south as well as sections of the Tibetan plateau in the North.

The Foundation supports publication and production of content and activities to enhance the knowledge base of the Himalayan region among young Nepalis. This includes support for documentary film production. The first group of films produced under the Toni Hagen Documentary Grant are “Blues of Pink” by Grishma Giri, “Chitrapuri Nagar” by Rajeela Shrestha, and “Gaine” by Pradeep Dhakal. The second batch of films comprise “The Cremation” by Nishon Shakya, “Lahureni” by Bishal Roka Magar and “Saparu” by Aditya Khadka. All grant projects are screened at kimff.

Submission form for Toni Hagen Foundation Documentary Grant is available here.


For more information contact:

Himal Association
540 Lazimpat, Narayan Gopal Sadak
Kathmandu-2, Nepal
Tel: +977- 1- 4440635 | Fax: +977-1-4001596

Mailing address:
Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (kimff)
Himal Association
P.O.Box 166, Patan Dhoka,
Kathmandu, Nepal

Toni Hagen Foundation Documentary Grant

Toni Hagen Foundation is offering grants of Rs. 150,000 each for three film projects by young Nepalese filmmakers. The grant will be awarded to filmmakers with an excellent concept for short, creative and thoughtful documentaries that provide an insight into Nepali society, socio-cultural issues, peoples, places, culture, history and development – and embrace issues that are pertinent to the Nepali public.

Eligibility and Criterion for submission

-  Filmmakers aged 30 or under are eligible to apply for the grant. Therefore, filmmakers will be required to send a resume and a scan or a picture of their ID stating date of birth.

-  Duration of film must be no less than 10 minutes and no more than 20 minutes.

-  Interested candidates should include a write up explaining the concept of the film in about 500 words (please submit in English or Nepali language).

-  The concept notes of the applicants must be submitted via e-mail to by July 11, 2021 midnight (Nepal Time) with the subject: "Submission for Toni Hagen Foundation Documentary Filmmaking Grant – kimff 2021".

Important dates and deadlines

May 11 - Call for concept note 

July 11 - Deadline for submission of concept note

August 1 – Announcement of Grant Finalists

Aug/ Sept/ Oct – Pre production/ production/  post production of film project which will run parallel to discussions/ feedback/ mentoring sessions by Kimff Doc lab team

October 31 – Deadline for rough cut of film

November 19 - Deadline for final submission

Top three films will be screened at Kimff 2021.