Based in Kabul, Afghanistan, Development Pictures provides production and post-production of the highest international standard for narrative and documentary films in conflict zones and the developing world. With over 20 years of experience and nearly five years producing Afghanistan related content, the principals of the company specialize in delivering consistently high quality, culturally relevant and engaging films for NGOs, Governments, UN Agencies, and the news media, filming unique and compelling stories in dangerous locations and under difficult circumstances.

  • "The striking cinematography [of Buzkashi Boys] captures the bustle and bleakness of Kabul."

    Sean Carberry, NPR News
  • Kabul at Work is holding a mirror up to the city. And what you see is rich, in detail, colour, energy and variety…a celebration of the ingenuity of its citizens, women and men, old and young, poor and rich.

    Michael Keating, Special Envoy to the UN
  • The 6-part (Kabul at Work) show was very well received and viewers have praised your quest to capture the untold stories of everyday Afghans. Your success with interviews with people from all walks of life is a testament to the integrity and honesty of your project.

    Massoud Sanjer, Tolo TV
  • We have truly enjoyed a very productive (and cool) partnership with the Afghan Film Project, resulting in ‘Buzkashi Boys’ – a wonderful film that has brought new life to the Kabul film industry.

    Jack Kammeier, US State Department, Kabul
  • The whole process from start to finish was a pleasure and I would recommend Development Pictures to anyone seeking high-quality, professionally produced multimedia material, in particular short films, dealing with even quite technical or sensitive development issues.

    Gemma Blackburn, Press Officer, DFID
  • Jake and Sam are a fantastic team of two highly talented individuals who also work brilliantly as a team. The safety issues make filming and photography particularly difficult and their sensitivity and flexibility, as well as creativity to ensure they still got the best shots, were invaluable to me.

    Flora Sutherland, UN Mine Action Program
  • Sam French directed a film on Turquoise Mountain's flagship international art exhibition in Kabul. We use the film for external communications activities and donor relations. We consider it our best promotional film. In short, Development Pictures is a reliable, professional, friendly, and hard-working company.

    Kate Brothers, Turquoise Mountain
  • Jake threw everything he had at White City's first ever music clip. In below zero conditions, clambering over rubble and kabul filth, he shot a raw, gritty but punchy clip. Basically, he did not stop until it was done!

    Travis Beard, White City
  • Jacob Simkin performed highly professional work in completing a video about the National Area Based Development Programme. From start to finish, Jacob consistently performed in a capable, professional manner. He was a joy to work with, and I give him my highest recommendation.

    Ian Holland, Deputy Country Director, UNDP


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