Friday, March 1, 2013

Call for submissions: Connect the Docs

A call for submissions has been announced by the Cuban Hat Project in conjunction with the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival for transmedia and interactive documentary projects to pitch at the upcoming edition of Hot Docs.

Connect the Docs is open to all Canadians with an idea for a documentary that uses non-traditional media. Applicants can submit a 3-minute video pitch online. Selected participants will receive the opportunity to present their idea at Hot Docs, as well as possibly win cash plus goods and services.

The deadline for submissions is March 22. A pre-selection committee will then select 12 projects that will be put online from March 29 to April 12 for viewing and public voting. The top five teams will then be given a free accreditation to attend the Hot Docs Industry Conference and will pitch their projects live to an audience of delegates and industry professionals.

The final winner will be determined by a panel of industry experts as well as by public voting, both onsite and online.

transmedia pitching @ HOT DOCS 2013

Do you have an incredible documentary idea that can only exist beyond the boundaries of the TV or theatre screen? Do you wish to share and connect your doc content with active users around the world? Are you looking for an opportunity to connect with a pool of like-minded collaborators and decision makers that can help you turn your prototype into reality?

The Cuban Hat Project is proud to launch Connect the Docs at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. It is a new contest for transmedia and interactive documentary projects open to all Canadian creators with a cool idea to pitch. It’s simple, submit your 3-minute video pitch and run the chance to present your idea at Hot Docs and win cash, goods and services to develop your project. It might be a webdoc, a multiplatform or crossmedia doc, a video-game, an app, a data-visualization tool, an installation, you name it! anything that uses a bit of technology to enhance or transform our perception of reality.

A pre-selection committee will review all applications and choose 12 projects that will be placed online for 2 weeks. During this time, the online community will be able to vote and donate for their favourite projects. The top 5 teams will be in the spotlight as they present their projects in person at Hot Docs in front of a panel of industry specialists, Hot Docs delegates and festival ticket holders. The event will be filmed and streamed live online. A final round of voting onsite and online will determine the final winner of the contest who will bring home the sponsorships, donations and pledges that will have accumulated in the hat. This is a peer-to-peer initiative, so the Cuban Hat Award is made of donations coming from individuals as well as from industry professionals and companies.

Although our website is not fully bilingual yet we are multi-lingual and we accept projects in English and in French. Notre site n’est pas encore bilingue mais nous parlons plusieurs langues alors vous pouvez soumettre vos projets en français autant qu’en anglais. Par contre le pitch final sera an anglais puisqu’il se tiendra à Toronto. Merci de votre compréhension.


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