A Creative Response to Self-Isolation | Filmmaking Competition
In the foreground is a camera that films a woman sitting in front of a large, filled bookshelf. The woman and the bookshelf are blurry, and the focus is on the camera.
THIS TIME, OUR THEME IS "NEW REVERIES: THE POWER OF ARCHIVES NOW". SUBMISSIONS MUST BE NO LONGER THAN 6 MINS.

Going out and making a film safely isn't the easiest thing to do right now, so we want to encourage filmmakers (and aspiring filmmakers) to create a golden age for archive documentaries from home instead!

There's loads of digital and open source archives out there, and we're going to be running a workshop on the 21st of May to help you find out how to work with archive material both legally and creatively, if you haven't before.

So whether you want to try to make sense of the COVID-19 pandemic, tell a much-needed story from your family's home videos, or just explore something that fascinates you, we invite you to send us a short doc that uses archive material.

Please be original with your film's title, and please be aware that we'd preferrably rather not have to review too many clips of Boris, if we can help it.

We will then choose the best film, and the winner will receive:

  • A £50 one-off commission, as well as some paid promotion of their work across Facebook and Instagram
  • A free one hour session with story consultant Nic Guttridge (The Spy Who Fell to Earth), who'll help you shape your idea for your next film, polish your pitch, develop your narrative roadmap or help maximise the impact of your edit (usual value £100)
  • A year's membership to indie film community network Shooting People

This time, two runners up will also receive a £25 prize, and a select number of special mentions will be given to other entries on our social media feeds.

All we ask is that your creative response is a documentary film (no fiction films will be considered, but docu-dramas are permissable), which uses archive material and is no longer than six minutes in duration.

Please send us an MP4 file when submitting, we will then send you a consent form, which you will also need to return in order to be considered.

So if you've always fancied trying your hand at making a film, and have some time on your hands at home, why not send us your attempt?

HOW TO MAKE ARCHIVE DOCS WORKSHOP

If this is your first time trying to make an archive documentary, we're hosting a workshop to help you learn how to do so creatively and legally from home.

To find out more, please click here.

Entries need to be sent to info@dochouse.org by midday on Thu 25 Jun. Please put 'New Reveries: The Power of Archive Now' in the subject line.

HOW TO MAKE ARCHIVE DOCS Workshop

Date: Thu 21 May 2020 - Thu 25 Jun 2020
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