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Nick Fraser’s Yaddo crowdsources doc ideas

Documentary filmmaker and ex BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser has confirmed he will be commissioning 125 different documentaries in the next year, all based on original submissions from the public and all to be screened on his fledgling ...
October 24, 2016

Documentary filmmaker and ex BBC Storyville editor Nick Fraser has confirmed he will be commissioning 125 different documentaries in the next year, all based on original submissions from the public and all to be screened on his fledgling documentary streaming platform Yaddo.

Fraser (pictured) took to the streets of London with a sign board to launch the drive for ideas.  

Yaddo will curate the ideas that come through — which can be presented in person or sent via Twitter or email — and get in touch with the creators whose ideas “strike a chord with Fraser and his team.” The filmmakers whose pitches are selected will be asked to produce a five-minute “work-in-progress” film, which will then be published on Yaddo, before attracting investors to fully commission the film.

In a statement, Fraser, who has nearly 20 years of experience working in the documentary field, said many of the best ideas have come from chance encounters with real people telling their stories.

“At Yaddo we believe the best stories are always true,” he added.  “Sending your idea this week could mean it’s commissioned, filmed and available to the world within a year. We can, and do, tell stories from anywhere in the world. An email, tweet or chat could be the start of something special.”

Yaddo was launched in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) in September. It is set to become available globally in 160 territories in November.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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