OPEN IMMERSION II

Open Immersion

Overview
Artists
Partners
Curriculum + Program

A documentary VR lab and residency for Indigenous creators from across Turtle Island

Produced by CFC Media Lab, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and JustFilms | Ford Foundation

**DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 29!**


Open Immersion II

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 the Toronto studio of the National Film Board of Canada, CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

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.


What We Bring

We’ll pair you with a creative producer from the National Film Board, a creative mentor and key VR creative teams where needed.

We’ll rotate VR equipment kits to all participants allowing you to explore relevant work.

An artist fee will be paid to all participants.

We'll host you at three virtual labs (1-2 days each) between July and October 2020, where you’ll work with a cross-section of experts to discuss creative approaches and perspectives. This is a key component of the process, with opportunities for story development, inspiration, and making new connections. You must be available for these dates.

With imagineNATIVE, we'll facilitate the presentation of your projects to key industry funders and producers.


What You Bring

You’ve got a talent for storytelling and an original idea for VR nonfiction.

You have access to the characters in your story (this may or may not be a personal story).

You have access to WiFi and a shipping address. If there are extra considerations needed around this access please specify so we can plan accordingly.

You aren’t afraid of breaking new ground or playing with form.

GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION: HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINE MONDAY JUNE 29, 9:00 A.M. EST


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


Artists

OPEN IMMERSION II will focus primarily on working with Indigenous artists and creators working in VR from across Turtle Island (Canada, US, Mexico).

Eight (8) Indigenous creators will be selected to participate in the Lab through an open call for applications.

Lab participants will work collaboratively with an Indigenous leadership team comprised of past participants and key members and leaders of Indigenous communities. The programme will focus on bridging key relationships with international institutions and organizations to offer remote Lab support and broaden dissemination of VR film works.

The eight selected artists will be announced at a later date – stay tuned.

Partners

About The Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable cultural organization that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. Its uniquely designed programs and initiatives span film, television, screen acting, screen composing and songwriting, and innovative work in the digital media and entertainment technology industries, all of which continue to push boundaries and generate world-class content, products and companies for the global marketplace.


About CFC Media Lab 
The Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) is an internationally acclaimed digital media think tank and award-winning production facility. It provides a unique research, training and production environment for digital media content developers and practitioners, as well as acceleration programs and services for digital entertainment start-ups and related SMEs. Program participants have emerged as leaders in the world of digital media, producing groundbreaking projects and innovative, sustainable companies for the digital and virtual age.


About the NFB
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories, and immersive experiences. Since 1968, the NFB has produced over 300 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers—an unparalleled collection that pushes past dominant narratives and provides Indigenous perspectives to Canadian and global audiences. Guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the NFB is implementing an action plan with commitments that include devoting a minimum of 15 percent of overall production spending to Indigenous-led productions and making these works more accessible via Indigenous Cinema, a new destination on NFB.ca, and its apps for mobile devices. nfb.ca


About the Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. www.fordfoundation.org



About imagineNATIVE
imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous-made screen content. It presents the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival in Toronto and the imagineNATIVE Film + VR Tour nationally in Canada. The imagineNATIVE Institute is a department within the organization that presents professional development programming for Indigenous screen content creators year-round and as part of the Festival’s Industry Days. imagineNATIVE is an international leader in the presentation and promotion of Indigenous screen-based content.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. For 20 years, the Festival has presented compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.

Curriculum + Program

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.

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 the Toronto studio of the National Film Board of Canada, CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

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.


GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION HERE

APPLICATION DEADLINE MONDAY JUNE 29, 9:00 A.M. EST