Attention all emerging filmmakers in Saskatchewan: The National Film Board of Canada is about to embark on a project, which could include you.
NFB’s North West Studio has put out a call for Saskatchewan proposals in its Doc Lab Saskatchewan program — a 10-week intensive course for emerging documentary filmmakers.
During the program, three participants will each complete a short five- to seven-minute documentary, going from concept to post-production.
Selected participants get a chance to with an experienced production team and professional crew.
NFB producer Jon Montes says this is a perfect opportunity gain insight into what it takes to produce a documentary — especially one from Saskatchewan.
“One of the things I really wanted to do was to get more projects off the ground in Saskatchewan — that’s really where I saw a hole in the work that we were doing,” said Montes.
Montes, who will be mentoring the eligible filmmakers, adds that there is a lot of inspiration to be found across the province.
“The storytelling level and the kinds of stories that are in Saskatchewan are so varied and come from all kinds of different experiences.”
The Doc Lab is open to Saskatchewan-based filmmakers or other artists interested in exploring the form of documentary.
Any Saskatchewan filmmakers who have completed no more than three productions (outside of film school or any training program) and/or artists/creators/storytellers who have equivalent experience in their own field and are looking to explore documentary film are eligible to apply.
To apply, filmmakers need to submit a short one- to two-page proposal describing the story they’d like to pursue visually — without any interviews or narration.
Filmmakers should also attach a bio and link to any previous film or creative work to their application, and send all PDF materials to Jon Montes at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline is July 14 at 5 p.m. CT.