CBC Docs looks for short-form digital projects

The Canadian pubcaster is extending its CBC Docs brand to include short-form digital content from the country's emerging filmmakers.
September 9, 2015

Canadian pubcaster CBC is extending its CBC Docs brand to include short-form digital content from the country’s emerging filmmakers.

The project will be open to filmmakers from across the country looking to share their short-form and original digital doc content to a national audience, with a significant focus placed on emerging Indigenous producers and directors, the Canadian pubcaster said.

While the film’s subject matter can be broad in scope, filmmakers will need to spotlight content that focuses on a singular, unified narrative that is “distinctive, contemporary, character-driven and relevant to Canadians.” Each project should range in length between five and 15 minutes. Complete rules and guidelines can be found here.

CBC will broadcast accepted projects through its social and digital platforms.

Submissions will be accepted immediately, with the first round of pitches open to the Canadian public until November 1. Finalized content must be produced and delivered before April 2016.

“We’re excited to be working with the next generation of doc-makers in Canada, and to put their work on the national stage,” said Jennifer Dettman, ‎executive director of unscripted content at CBC, in a statement. “We hope they’ll come to us with really innovative ideas that will draw an even wider audience to short‐form docs in the digital space.”

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