We’re looking for women, non-binary, and genderqueer storytellers to explore the theme of belonging through Otherly, a series of short documentaries made for Instagram Stories.
We want to hear from Instagram aces and traditional filmmakers, but we also want to hear from animators, audio storytellers, video and interactive media creators, social media mavericks, and any other storyteller that we didn’t include.
We’re looking for 8 exciting, boundary-pushing, original works that explore the theme of belonging from perspectives and voices that aren’t always reflected in media. What matters most is that you have a great story to tell from your own unique point of view.
Bring us your proposals about love, inclusion, humor, despair, surprise, celebration, and critical reflection.
As devotees of creativity, we’re certain there’s no “correct” way to tell a story on Instagram, so we’re especially excited to see proposals that break current “rules” and define new ones for the platform. You can challenge the conventions you know and propose ideas that use and/or subvert Instagram’s tools, filters, and extensions.
You’ll create these creative documentary projects with POV Spark—the interactive arm of the iconic PBS documentary series POV—and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada.
We want to know what excites you about telling stories using Instagram Stories.
What you bring:
by yourself or in a team
- You’ve got a talent for storytelling and engaging with an audience through social media.
- You have access to the characters in your story (this may or may not be a personal story).
- You or your team have the skills to produce a project from start to finish: shoot, edit, post work (we'll have some capacity to help fill in the gaps if you don’t have a full team).
- You aren’t afraid of breaking new ground or playing with form.
What we bring:
- We’ll pair you with a creative producer from POV Spark or from the National Film Board.
- We’ll provide 100 percent of the financing and work with you through every step of the project.
- We'll host you at a three-day pre-production lab June 27–30, where you’ll work with a cross-section of experts to discuss creative approaches and perspectives.
- This is a key component of the process, with opportunities for story development, inspiration, and making new connections. You must be available for these dates.
You’ll need to send us the following:
- A proposal for an original creative documentary project about the theme of belonging, to be told on Instagram Stories. In terms of length and budget, think indie short film, not feature-length blockbuster trilogy.
- The proposal should be a maximum of two pages, plus supporting creative material. Please include
- A short synopsis of the story you’ll tell and who the story will speak to.
- A description of the main character(s), and details about what access you have to them.
- An explanation of how you’ll use the format and features of Instagram Stories to your advantage.
- An answer to the question: what about your previous work demonstrates your creative ability to craft an emotional and memorable Instagram Story?
- This can be previous Instagram Stories or something further afield as long as it clearly demonstrates your creative chops.
- Resumés/CVs for you and your team (if you’ve got one) that address all of the skills required for the position (shooting, editing, sound, etc.).
- Work samples (maximum of 3) in the forms of URL(s) to a set of projects (which can be linear videos, photography projects, social storytelling projects, or any combination that demonstrates your skills), with your and/or your team members’ role(s) in each clearly stated.
All proposals are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 17, 2019.