Open Immersion II: Call for VR Storytelling Ideas by Indigenous Creators

“We’re looking for Indigenous creators across Turtle Island to bring your nonfiction VR ideas to the Open Immersion Creative Development Lab.In 2016, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and the JustFilms | Ford Foundation co-presented OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Documentary Lab. This groundbreaking project supported knowledge exchange between six Indigenous Canadian artists and six artists from the American South.

In July 2020, OPEN IMMERSION II will launch as a remote Lab featuring mentorship, training and creative ideation with an opportunity to present final pitch packages to key industry with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

We’re looking for exciting, boundary-pushing, original works that are in the earliest stages of ideation.As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to redefine our relationship with digital technologies, we are excited to bring this opportunity into the homes and workspaces of creators. The framework for the Lab consists of:

  • Three phases of virtual labs
    • Lab Phase 1: Ideation (July 20-21)
    • Lab Phase 2: Creative Development (August 17-18)
    • Lab Phase 3: Proof of Concept Presentation/ Pitch (September 21-22)
  • Project check-ins to guide creators as they work remotely to meet creative targets
  • Presentation of projects to key industry (October 2020)

You’ll develop these creative presentations with CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada

We want to know what VR storytelling looks like in a pandemic and we want to push the boundaries of who it’s made for.”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxIBWw0i_IcRNyOkVbRZ5BRSGIlA4SKZBPMk9M61Ud-s74sg/viewform

-from The Indigenous Screen Office

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