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.

To apply

You’ll need to send us the following:

All proposals are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 17, 2019.