National Film Board of Canada’s Cross-Media Challenge – deadline 12 October 2007

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Sheffield International Documentary Festival are pleased to issue a call for proposals for a new cross-media competition called the CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE.

The CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE is a co-production competition for innovative, interactive, socially engaged content with applications for mobile and broadband. It will award one producer a $10,500CAD/£5,000 co-production development deal with the NFB.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Inspired by the NFB’s legendary Challenge for Change program of community filmmaking, today’s NFB is adapting the adage “think globally, act locally” to develop socially engaged media projects relating to issues such as the protection of the environment, health care, human rights, poverty and violence against women.

How can we inspire an exchange of story-telling practices among diverse communities? How can we use media creatively to foster an international dialogue on issues that have local roots? How can we unleash the creative talents of marginal voices and communities and make them heard?

We are interested in projects that use the versatility, mobility and borderless nature of new platforms to enable communities to talk to each other. Projects must be documentary based.

Eligible projects must be cross-platform and multi-platform involving the best features of each medium to ensure maximum audience participation. Projects should take full advantage of the range of new platforms, with particular emphasis on interactive, mobile and on-line. Projects must demonstrate direct contact and interaction with communities as part of the development plan.

More info at: www.nfb.ca/about/news.php?id=1554

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  • P Dillon says:

    “CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE” SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
    National Film Board of Canada teams with Sheffield Doc/Fest
    on innovative, interactive, socially engaged content

    Montreal, July 28, 2008 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Doc/Fest) have issued a call for proposals for the CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE, a co-production competition for innovative, interactive, socially engaged content with applications for mobile and broadband. It’s the second year that the NFB and Doc/Fest have jointly presented the CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE at Sheffield which will grant one producer a $10,000CAD/£5,000 co-production development deal with the NFB.

    The theme for the 2008 challenge is “environment.” Projects must be documentary based. The deadline for entries is October 10, 2008.

    Three semi-finalists will be invited to present their projects at a panel session during Doc/Fest, which takes place November 5 – 9, 2008, in Sheffield, England. The winner will be announced at the DigiDocs 360 program at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

    CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE seeks projects that unleash the creative talents of new and alternative voices, and use the versatility, mobility and borderless nature of new platforms to enable communities to talk to each other. As Canada’s public producer and a global leader in cross-platform content, the NFB developed the CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE to encourage creative emerging media makers in the use of innovative technologies and help ensure that the digital future has room for risk-taking and social relevance.

    The CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE was first introduced at the 2007 Banff World Television Festival and has since been extended internationally to include media makers from the U.K. and Brazil.

    The winner of the 2007 CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE at Sheffield was My Dangerous Loverboy, an interactive Web and mobile site that will raise awareness of global sex trafficking and create a virtual community for at-risk young girls. My Dangerous Loverboy is a co-production of Vita Nova Films, Quba New Media, Screen Siren Productions and the NFB.

    “Winning the NFB pitching session opened up real industry interest in My Dangerous Loverboy,” said Grant Keir, the project’s producer. “We were able to secure matching finance from the screen agency Northern Film and Media and our Canadian producing partner also won some extra development cash for the project. NFB producer Annette Clarke is providing invaluable help to us in its development. We have just completed a short drama film and are now preparing to pitch a worked up proposal for production finance.”

    For full information on how to apply to the CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE, visit . For more information on DigiDocs 360, visit
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    About the NFB

    Canada’s public film producer and distributor, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces and distributes bold and distinctive social issue documentaries, auteur animation, alternative drama and innovative digital content that provide the world with a unique Canadian perspective. In its new Strategic Plan, the NFB is focused on five key objectives: creative leadership and programming excellence, wide accessibility and democratic engagement, a digital strategy to realize its mission, organizational renewal and firm financing. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. For more information about the NFB, go to .

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  • Chris Joseph says:

    Hi Pat,

    I’d be happy to put this up as a new post – however some of the URLs seem to have disappeared from your post, eg “For full information on how to apply to the CROSS-MEDIA CHALLENGE, visit . For more information on DigiDocs 360, visit .”

    cheers,
    chris