LOADING DOCS invites New Zealand filmmakers to submit a proposal for the 2018 collection of documentaries.
Be a part of a groundbreaking initiative that collectively achieves hundreds of thousands of views each year, by submitting ideas for 3-minutes stories on the theme of IMPACT.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY IMPACT?
Each year a unifying theme provides creative provocation for the collection of Loading Docs short docs, this year it’s IMPACT.
The theme of impact should inspire stories that ignite change, spark debate and challenge the status quo. It’s also about gaining tools to secure impactful funding, marketing and distribution relationships and pushing creative boundaries to ignite audiences with the power of New Zealand stories.
WHAT TYPE OF STORY ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
Stories should encourage the greatest possible public and media engagement, but it’s up to you how your story speaks to the theme.
The best Loading Docs films have an issue or theme at the heart of the story, but focus on a singular narrative that sheds light on the central theme or issue. The more focused the story, the more impact it is likely to have.
Watch the previous Loading Docs shorts to find some inspiration, but don’t be afraid to pitch something completely out of the box. Loading Docs is not afraid of stories that are challenging or humourous, or formally innovative work that pushes the boundaries of what we understand as documentary.
SEEKING DOCUMENTARY STORIES TOLD IN TE REO MĀORI
As part of the collection Loading Docs is seeking to support stories that use te reo Māori as their primary language. Please indicate in your submission whether your short will be told in te reo Māori. Be brave in your approach and consider how the story can express aspects of te ao Māori and the world in general, in a unique way. If you have any questions please contact the team.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
CONNECTING WITH IMPACT PARTNERS
To embolden filmmakers to achieve the biggest possible impact, once funded each successful documentary will be expected to form alliances with an ‘Impact Partner’ – at least one influential group or individual in support of their short. Filmmakers will receive guidance to broker these partnerships, however an initial plan for engaging an impact partner is required with the submission.
EXAMPLES OF IMPACT PARTNERS
- An impact partner is an organisation or individual that can bring backing to your production such as funding, connections to audiences, expertise and knowledge and unique access to people, places and stories. Some examples may be:
- A match donor for crowdfunding (matching dollar for dollar what is raised).
- A non-profit organisation with similar values or impact goals.
- A commercial sponsor.
- A community organisation with direct access to audiences.
WHAT EACH LOADING DOC FILM WILL RECEIVE:
- $4,450 production funding.
- Support to run a crowdfunding campaign through Boosted that must raise a minimum of $2,000.
- A colour grade and sound-mix package delivered by Department of Post.
- Professional development opportunities; story and creative treatment, outreach and distribution strategies, access to local and international experts, hands on support to develop new work and assistance to find suitable impact partners.
- 3rd April 2018 at 9am – Deadline for proposals.
- 11th April – Successful applicants notified.
- Sat 21st and Sunday 22nd April – Loading Docs workshop.
- 16th May till 15th June – Crowdfunding campaign.
- June – Production commences.
- 10th of September 2018 – Documentaries must be completed ready for grade and mix.
SELECTION AND PARTICIPATION CRITERIA
- Loading Docs commitment is to support a diversity of treatments and filmmaking voices.
- Loading Docs is looking to support early career filmmakers, however the emphasis is on selecting those with experience in the storytelling industries and a commitment to the craft of documentary. Loading Docs is not suitable for student filmmakers.
- Applicants must demonstrate credible access to the proposed subject(s) and story. Written support required.
- Applicants must identify target audiences and communities of interest as well as committing to participate in an impact partnership and the marketing and distribution of their work.
- Successful applicants must be available to participate in the following:
- A two-day workshop on Saturday the 21st and Sunday 22nd April 2018.
- A crowdfunding campaign May 2018.
- A distribution workshop in September 2018. (Final date to be confirmed).
- Successful applicants must commit to the production timeline detailed above; including documentary completed by 10th of September for delivery to online.
ABOUT LOADING DOCS
Loading Docs is an initiative funded by NZ On Air, supported by the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho, and managed by production company Notable Pictures.
Over the four years of operation, 40 documentary shorts have been created achieving an audience of over 5 million views.
The primary distribution platform for Loading Docs: Impact is TVNZ OnDemand.
The documentaries are also free to embed and share via Vimeo, and are expected to achieve widespread domestic and international broadcast across online platforms, broadcast television, in-flight viewing and the big screen.
Deadline for submission is 9am Tuesday 3rd of April 2018.
Submissions must be emailed to Submissions@loadingdocs.net
More Questions? Read our FAQS. Or contact:
Project Manager: Nia Phipps
0211 577 075
Production Manager: Brett Wilkie
Read submission terms and conditions here.
Loading Docs is managed by Notable Pictures, funded by NZ On Air
And made with the support of The New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.