Saturday, April 30, 2011
CBC’s digital channel documentary and the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) have announced their second deadline for their documentary masters apprenticeship program known as Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers.
The program is an opportunity for documentary professionals from across Canada to apprentice under a master documentary filmmaker on a specific project. It is designed to support documentary professionals in the early stages of their careers to further their filmmaking expertise and authorial voice with the guidance of a mentor of their choosing. The duration of the Apprenticeship will be a minimum of 4 months during which time the Apprentice will be paid an honorarium.
Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers is designed as an exchange where both Master and Apprentice benefit from each other’s experience. The Master benefits by working with a passionate and creative resource, while the Apprentice gets unprecedented access to the Master’s creative process and expertise.
The deadline for applications is June 10th, 2011.
Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers
Submissions Now Open
CBC’s digital channel documentary and the Documentary Organization of Canada / l’Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC) are proud to announce the second deadline of Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers, a documentary apprenticeship program. The program represents a unique opportunity for documentary filmmakers searching for their creative voice.
Deadline for submissions: June 10th, 2011
About Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with FilmmakersThe Apprenticeship Program is the opportunity for documentary professionals from across Canada to apprentice with a seasoned documentary filmmaker on a specific project. The program’s objective is to assist documentary professionals interested in transitioning their career to further their filmmaking expertise and deepen their authorial voice. The duration of the Apprenticeship will be a minimum of 4 months during which time the Apprentice will be paid an honorarium.
Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers is designed as an exchange where both participants benefit from each other’s experience. The mentor will benefit by working with a passionate and creative resource, while the Apprentice will have unprecedented access to the Mentor’s creative process and expertise.
Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers is intended to support the development of a plurality of voices and while the program will consider all applications, it will positively consider applications from apprentices hailing from underrepresented communities from across Canada. Examples of underrepresented communities include: filmmakers working in remote regions, Aboriginal filmmakers, filmmakers from a linguistic minority, or a filmmaker from a diverse community working in a large urban center.
• Must have a minimum of 2 broadcast credits or equivalent professional experience
• Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada legally entitled to work
• Must not currently be enrolled as a student
• Cannot be employed by, or have a family relationship, with the Mentor or the Mentor’s company with whom the Apprentice is submitting an application
• Must be available to work full time for the designated apprenticeship period
• Must be a DOC member in good standing
• Must contribute a minimum of $ 4000 toward Apprentice’s honorarium
• The Mentor must primarily make documentaries and be recognized by their peers as an established filmmaker
• Cannot be the employer of, have family relationship to, or be currently engaged as a mentor to the Apprentice with whom they are submitting the application
The application is a joint application between the Apprentice and the Mentor where both portions of the application must be filled out at the time of submission.
If an Apprentice wishes to apply to the program but has not identified a Mentor, they are encouraged to contact DOC as soon as possible to discuss their application.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Submissions will be accepted from across Canada until June 10th 2011.
• The Apprentice must submit a maximum of 500 words describing:
a) his/her rationale behind their choice of Mentor (why this particular Mentor?)
b) what professional and creative goals/experience he/she is hoping to achieve through the apprenticeship
c) if applicable, the Apprentice will describe how s/he considers him/herself to hail from an under-represented community
• The Apprentice will submit audiovisual support material highlighting his/her previous professional accomplishments (clips, photos, etc)
• The Apprentice and Mentor will jointly submit a work plan outlining the proposed apprentice’s work and how it will meet the apprentice’s professional goals
• The Apprentice and Mentor will each submit a 1-2 page professional résumé
• The Mentor will submit an outline (250 words maximum) describing:
a) the project the apprentice will be participating in/working on
b) how the apprenticeship will benefit him/her
c) the duration of the apprenticeship
• The Mentor will submit proof that the production will be going ahead
• The submission must be signed by both parties.
• Applications will be accepted via e-mail
• Audiovisual material must be submitted electronically; a link can be provided to a website or an attachment can be added to the e-mail – no audiovisual material will be accepted by hard copy or by mail.
• The total running time of audiovisual material cannot exceed 5 minutes
*All applicants are responsible for the proper functioning and compatibility of their audiovisual material
Selection process and assessment criteria
A jury composed of 3-5 industry professionals will review all completed applications. The jury will aim to be regionally representative and diverse and will select, based on applications received, apprentices from a wide range of communities across Canada.
Three broad criteria will be used to assess the applications:
• Professional merit
• And viability of the proposed project and partnership.
The selection committee will assess the applications by asking questions such as: What is the professional merit of the application?
How will this help forward the apprentice’s career?
Will the project be carried out to the end and does it come at an opportune time in the apprentice’s career?
Is the Applicant from an underrepresented community?
For any inquiries please contact:
toll free 1 877 467.4485 x2
GIVING VOICE: FILMMAKERS WORKING WITH FILMMAKERS
documentary, CBC’S DIGITAL CHANNEL
SPONSORS NEW APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
Montreal, Nov. 11, 2010 – CBC’s digital channel documentary and The Documentary Organization of Canada l’Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC) are proud to announce the establishment of a documentary masters apprenticeship program—Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers. The program, funded by documentary, is the extension of DOC’s widely attended public Masters’ Speaker Series: Filmmakers Talking to Filmmakers.
Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers is designed for documentary professionals transitioning to the next stage of their career. The program offers the apprentice the unique opportunity of “in-the-field” training with a veteran master of the documentary craft. The chosen apprentices will work with the masters for a period of four months during production and will have the experience of absorbing winning approaches and techniques, as well as the rare opportunity to learn from an established and recognized documentary filmmaker while witnessing their creative process. The goal is for the apprentices to benefit from the experience of a seasoned professional who can offer guidance and inspiration that can then be taken back to their own projects in development.
As DOC’s chair, John Christou explains: “Being a documentary filmmaker is hard and getting harder. Anyone can pick up a camera and post something on YouTube, but being a professional filmmaker requires training, mentorship, financial support and dedication to craft. The Giving Voice program aims to support those filmmakers wanting to develop their craft by giving their careers a boost. DOC is excited that documentary is supporting this endeavor, and we look forward to working with them.”
“We’re very proud to be helping foster the next generation of great Canadian filmmakers,” said Bruce Cowley, creative head, CBC digital channels. “It’s an important expression of documentary’s commitment to identifying, nurturing and showcasing the best storytellers in the country.”
The apprenticeship program will cast its net across the country for applicants. It is a national program designed to reach all regions and demographics of the country. The selection committee will choose up to eight individuals to participate in the program. A call for applications will be sent out across the country, with a submission deadline early in the new year. For more information: http://www.docorg.ca/
Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers is constructed as an exchange where both parties benefit from the experience. The masters will benefit by having passionate and creative professionals at their disposal, while the apprentices will have access to the breadth of experience and wisdom of artists having already earned critical acclaim and established their voice in documentary.
About documentarydocumentary is a digital television station devoted to showing the best documentaries from Canada and around the world – from legendary filmmakers like D.A. Pennebaker and the Maysles brothers, as well as from the archives of its partners, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The National Film Board. With its special emphasis on feature length films, watching documentary is like having a cinema in your own living room, showing award-winning films 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Documentary Organization of Canada / L’Association des documentaristes du Canada (DOC) is a bilingual national arts service organization dedicated to supporting the art of independent documentary filmmaking in Canada. It offers member services, professional development, networking events, and collective representation through advocacy. DOC believes that its members and their work play an essential role in Canadian society by promoting the expression of diverse viewpoints on social, political, and cultural realities, thus fostering reflection and debate. DOC advances the documentary genre by supporting artists wanting to develop their craft.
For more information, contact:
Laura Modesto, Veritas Communications
Melissa Prince, Veritas Communications
P) 416-599-3844 ext 2