DFG and Channel Five Films call for entries
There is a month left to get applications in to the FiveNews / Documentary Film Group Five Films competition. The new talent initative, now in its second run, sets out to produce five three-minute topical documentaries using the medium in 'an innovative way'. The application deadline is October 26th, with shortlisted applicants invited to pitch to a panel at the Sheffield DocFest on November 2nd. The films will be broadcast after Five News in December 2006
- strong, contemporary domestic story-lines, from all
over the UK, with emphasis on the cultural richness and diversity of
- filmmakers from a range of ethnic backgrounds who have their own take on life in the UK.
There will be a short intensive training and research programme attached to the scheme. It is obligatory that all selected filmmakers take part in this programme.
5 films will be commissioned. Applications deadline: 5pm, Thursday 26th October 2006
PROJECT OUTLINE (from dfgdocs.com scheme page)
ABOUT YOUR IDEA
The ideas must be topical and domestic but does not have to be immediate news. There are no set themes for the commissions. We will be looking for authored work by emerging documentary directors who are interested in news.
Below are some pointers to help you put together your application. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it will give you an idea of the kind of things we may be looking for:
- Authored pieces about a subject close to the filmmaker but which impacts on Britain as a nation, or a particular community
- Films about extraordinary or unique individuals or circumstances; narratives that, by looking at the extraordinary, tell us more about the ordinary;
- Films about people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances;
- Films that look at national trends, institutions or stories from a fresh perspective
- Films that cover previously unpublicised issues
Support and training throughout your project, including mentoring from Five News
A director’s fee, for the shoot period only
DFG Films will be producing the films and will be responsible for providing crew, kit, training, DV stock, editing facilities, and support throughout the project.
You will be given a one day online at the SKY offices with a news editor
The opportunity to showcase your film on a primetime slot for Five News, and gain valuable experience of the news production process
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU
People with experience of the documentary medium will have an advantage, as the selected filmmakers will be expected to be ready to direct, although hands-on support will be available throughout. You will have to be 100% committed to the project and be flexible in your approach - if this is your first encounter with broadcast television you will find that some of the decisions affecting the film are influenced by the constraints of broadcast compliance.
- One-off news documentary projects, i.e. no series
- Experience of the production process
- Final duration 3 min.
- Originality of the proposal
- The ability of the applicant to deliver the proposal
- The likelihood that the proposal can be realised within the schedule (1 to 2 days of shooting, 2 days editing)
- Suitability for Five News transmission
- The film cannot be dependent on excessive use of archive or lengthy and expensive shoots
- Films should be researched to at least a basic level before application, including access to main subjects/characters
- Filmmaker must be able to make themselves available to work on the project from the second week of November up to completion on first week of January 2007, and MUST be available to attend the pitching session at Sheffield Documentary Festival on Thursday 2nd November
- Individual applications only, i.e. no production companies, no joint applications
- Student projects will not be considered
- All rights must be cleared for UK broadcast transmission
HOW TO APPLY
Send 2 copies of the following:
- Your CV
- A 1 page proposal
- A 1 page letter of intent – this will be on one side of A4, and will say why it is important for you to make this film and why you should be selected.
- The completed application form attached to this pack.
225A Brecknock Road,
London N19 5AA
If you have any queries, please contact DFG on 020 7428 0882 or lucy[at]dfgdocs[dot]com
On one side of A4 with the following information:
- Proposed title
- Story and contents of the film: what, who, where, when
- Structure and form: how will you tell the story
- Visual and aural style
- Any other relevant information about the context of the story
Applications deadline: 5pm, 26th October 2006
Pitching for short-listed applicants: 2nd November 2006
Training / Production starts: 2nd Week November 2006
Shooting: 20th November to 1st December 2006
Postproduction: 4th December to 15th December 2006
Delivery: 15th December 2006
IMPORTANT NOTES TO APPLICANTS
Mark everything you send with your name and the title of your proposal.
Please complete the application form in type or hand write in block capitals on one side of the paper.
Tapes and other material will only be returned if a stamped SAE is included.
do not send originals - DFG takes care to safeguard materials submitted but will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.
Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email. The Panel’s decisions are final.