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Loading Docs opens 2017 call

Loading Docs has opened its doors for proposals for its 2017 edition.

The initiative will have its fourth outing next year, its participants again producing three-minute documentaries, this time around the theme of diversity.

Loading Docs has built some very impressive numbers for the shorts that have come through the initiative. So far, the 29 documentaries released have attracted 1.8 million views, and received significant boosts on the way to that total from things like Vimeo staff picks and festival selections.

Given the theme for the 2017 edition, it’s no surprise organisers have expressed a desire to see proposals that speak to Māori, Pasifika and Asian points of view. There’s a provision for one documentary “fully in te reo Māori” to complete the collection with Te Māngai Pāho joining NZ On Air and the NZFC in supporting the initiative. TVNZOD, loadingdocs.net and Māori Television will be the platform outlets.

As in previous years a crowdfunding campaign forms part of the process. Including in-kind services from Toybox and Sale Street Studios, the initiative gives successfully crowd-funded productions somewhere north of $7000 for a 3-minute documentary.

Loading Docs call

The RFP is now available here. It’s a fairly short window of opportunity, as applications close on 21 November, but isn’t requiring fully-developed proposals. Shortlisted applicants get a second go-around to complete full proposals. The winners will be confirmed in late January.

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