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Docmakers score $45,000 from NFB, TVO

Two winning documentary pitches will go from the concept stage to television and web broadcast thanks to a $45,000 cash prize for each from the NFB and TVOntario, which on Monday unveiled the winners of its Calling Card Program.
February 3, 2010

Two winning documentary pitches will go from the concept stage to television and web broadcast thanks to a $45,000 cash prize for each from the NFB and TVOntario, which on Monday unveiled the winners of its Calling Card Program.

Aaron Hancox and Allie Caldwell’s 30-minute doc Unheralded will be developed for broadcast on TVO’s flagship doc series ‘The View From Here,’ while Shahid Quadri and Alex Jansen’s new media project The Next Day will be created and launched on both nfb.ca and tvo.org. Both projects will debut during the 2010/11 season.

Unheralded follows the big personalities behind small newspapers in Ontario who cover regional stories, while Next Day tells the story of three survivors of failed suicide attempts, through an interactive graphic novel form.

‘The winning pitch for Unheralded impressed us with its subtle humor and its affectionate appreciation of the value of the local press,’ commented TVO’s Jane Jankovic, who is commissioning editor of ‘The View From Here.’

Next Day combines ‘a very serious and moving subject matter with a surprising and beautiful interactive style,’ added TVO’s manager of interactive and digital media Christine McGlade.

Each documentary team will also receive mentorship from industry leaders to get their projects broadcast-ready. The Calling Card program supports emerging filmmakers from Ontario to work with the NFB and TVO to create docs for new media platforms and television broadcast.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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