CBC DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR DIVERSE CREATORS

Volume 3: Short-Form Digital Videos, Unscripted


OVERVIEW AND GOALS

The CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators is a training series designed to help emerging creators who identify as part of an Indigenous, disability or visible minority community to sharpen their professional skills, expand their network, and bring new perspectives and ideas to the CBC. The third in this series will be a program for creative storytellers with a special interest in short-form digital videos (unscripted).

Over four full-day workshops, participants will be connected with CBC decision makers, in-house producers and our partners in production, who will provide guidance as well as tools and resources to help participants develop their own pitches and production plans for original programming. At the end of the workshop select participants whose projects best align with the CBC’s programming mandate will be offered an opportunity to produce a digital short for CBC Arts or CBC Docs: Short Docs.

Up to twelve applicants will be selected to attend the Workshop on the basis of the following submissions:

  1. Letter of interest and intent, attaching three original story ideas;
  2. Two video samples of recent work;
  3. Curriculum vitae;
  4. Letter of reference.

Please see more details on submissions below and in the Terms and Conditions.

The goals of the CBC Development Workshop for Diverse Creators are:

  • To provide emerging, diverse creators with practical knowledge to help them advance as producers of compelling digital video content.
  • To connect CBC with the most exciting diverse storytellers across the country who have the potential to produce content for CBC Arts and CBC Docs: Short Docs.
  • To connect rising and diverse creative talent with experienced Canadian content makers.

PROGRAM FORMAT

Four-day Workshop - September 14-17, 2016

The workshop will provide an introduction to the mandates of CBC Arts and CBC Docs: Short Docs, followed by intensive sessions with industry professionals with a focus on short-form video storytelling for a multi-platform audience.

WHERE

The Workshop will take place at the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto (250 Front Street West). Out-of-town creators are encouraged to apply and if selected, participants, travelling in excess of 100 kilometres will be reimbursed for travel (economy class airfare from nearest airport, or train station or gas/mileage with receipts). All participants will be responsible for their own lodging and all other costs and expenses to attend the Workshop.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

We are interested in developing diverse film and video makers from across the country who can deliver original, creative short videos that tell stories about Canadian issues, arts and culture… and have the potential to be highly shareable in the digital space.

About CBC Arts

We are looking for story pitches that showcase fresh, innovative Canadian artists and cultural producers. Our idea of “the arts” is inclusive and contemporary: our ideal story pitches explore less traditional art forms like digital arts (e.g. GIFs), web series, podcasting, urban culture, street dance, and the intersection of the arts & social media. They feature fresh, diverse, irreverent, and distinct artists - and are highly shareable. Check out previous stories at our site cbc.ca/arts, but surprise us with something we’ve never seen or done before!

About CBC Docs: Short Docs

We are looking for stand-alone, short-form documentary concepts on a wide range of subjects. Our ideal short docs are character-driven, modern and focus on a single, unified, strong narrative, less than 10 minutes in length. They have active, unfolding story-lines, have the potential to provoke conversation and to be highly shareable in the digital space. For more information see our guidelines at cbc.ca/independentproducers/genres/cbc_docs_shorts and our site at cbc.ca/shortdocs

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Emerging to mid-level creators with a special interest in short-form digital content (unscripted). Eligible applicants must:

  • Identify as part of an Indigenous, disability or visible minority community.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and reside in Canada.
  • Be over the age of majority in their province of residence.
  • Be able to commit to four full day-long sessions at the CBC Toronto Broadcast Centre and other activities required as part of the Workshop.
  • Demonstrate in their submissions an understanding of the fundamentals of short form digital video production.
  • Demonstrate access to the subject(s) of their story ideas.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Application and Submission Release Form - See the explanation below in the “TO APPLY” section.
  2. A letter of interest and intent that outlines why this program is a good fit for you and attaching at least three original story ideas. Please describe your background (as part of an Indigenous, disability or visible minority community) and comment on how you feel this influences your approach to creative digital video storytelling. Please also describe how you have access to your story ideas.
  3. Two samples of video work (Must be sent as links. See the explanation below in "Frequently Asked Questions").
  4. A curriculum vitae that includes relevant education and training, and any screen credits.
  5. A current letter of reference (no older than January 2016).

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Are you creative, experimental, on the cutting edge of digital storytelling, for example, video artists and digital video innovators?
  • Do you have the ability to produce, shoot, direct and edit your own work?
  • Experience – Do you have a special interest in creative storytelling with some demonstration of experience in video production
  • Emerging to mid-level career – Do you have two to five years of experience and have samples of work to submit as a reflection of current skills?
  • Recognition – Does your work display potential reach and impact?
  • Quality of Work – Does the work reflect some understanding of professional standards? Does it exhibit excellence? Is there attention to detail? Has careful consideration gone into how the final product is delivered?
  • Goal/Objective – Are your goals/objectives in line with CBC’s needs?

TO APPLY

  1. Download the fillable Application and Submission Release Form here.
  2. Complete the form, filling out all fields.
  3. Print a copy of your completed fillable forms and provide a handwritten signature in the spaces provided (you will have to agree to the Terms and Conditions, found here.)
  4. Scan and save using the naming format of Lastname_Firstname_Forms.pdf.
  5. Compile and save your support material as a Word document in the following order: letter of interest/intent, curriculum vitae, letter of reference, links to samples of work. Save using the naming format of Lastname_Firstname_SupportMaterials.doc.
  6. EMAIL both your PDF and your Word document to: cbcdiversity@cbc.ca, with "Application" as the subject, no later than Monday July 11th, 2016 at 9 a.m. EDT.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications or incorrect file types/formatting will not be considered.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


How will my project be evaluated?

Applications will be reviewed by a jury made up of CBC executives and creative decision makers.

How will participants for the program be chosen?

Participants will be selected to attend the Workshop on the basis of the following submissions:

See Terms and Conditions for additional details on eligibility and criteria.

How will I know if I’ve been selected?

If you are selected, you will be notified by phone and/or email by mid-July.

May I send in additional support material beyond what is required?

No. The jury will only review the required materials.

May I send in my video samples as attachments?

No. Video samples must be sent as links to material that is already online (YouTube, Vimeo, or other)

What do you mean by emerging to mid-level creators?

Emerging to mid-level creators have two to five years of experience in production and may have some educational training.

How is diversity determined?

For the purpose of this program, diversity refers to Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.

Do I have to identify my diversity?

The program is specifically developed to bring more diverse creators into the industry. If you do not identify, we will have no way of knowing if you are eligible for the program.

Will my diversity affect the evaluation of my application?

Eligible applicants will be evaluated solely on the material they submit along with their application.

May I apply if I am a non-diverse creator but have an idea that features diversity?

No. The program is aimed specifically at diverse creators. However, if you don’t meet these criteria and you’d like to pitch a project to CBC Docs: Short Docs, go to cbc.ca/independentproducers/genres/cbc_docs_shorts. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for this workshop but have something you’d like to pitch to CBC Arts, please write cbcarts@cbc.ca with the word PITCH capitalized in the subject line.

What do I need to include in my letter of interest and statement of intent?

The letter of interest and intent helps determine if this program is a good creative fit. We would also like to know whether you currently see your particular diversity reflected on screen and, if applicable, how you might bring that perspective to your work. Finally, your letter should reveal your personality (including humour) so that the jury has a good idea of who you are. Don’t forget your three original story ideas! See Terms and Conditions for additional details on eligibility and criteria.

May I apply with a co-creator?

No. This workshop is for individuals and the prospective participant should be able to produce a digital video on his/her own.

What financial assistance will I receive?

The program is free of charge and offers no financial assistance. Out-of-town creators are encouraged to apply and if selected, participants, travelling in excess of 100 kilometres will be reimbursed for travel (economy class airfare from nearest airport or gas/mileage with receipts - see Terms and Conditions for details). All participants will be responsible for their own lodging and all other costs and expenses to attend the Workshop.

What is my time commitment if I am accepted into the program?

The four-day workshop is a full-time, daily commitment. Successful candidates should plan to arrive the day before the Workshop (Tuesday, September 13). There may also be extra-curricular networking opportunities to attend. Candidates who accept an offer to produce commissioned work will complete that on their own time.

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