Request for Proposals: Loading Docs 2019 wants your films

Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

What does 'power' mean to you? Here's your chance to explain. Loading Docs invites New Zealand filmmakers to submit proposals for the 2019 collection of short documentaries, and the theme is power. As a creative motivation, be it physical, internal, social, political, emotional or psychological, the 2019 theme challenges documentary makers to propose shorts that can excite audiences with the power of a documentary story well told. Ideas might speak to power imbalances, questioning authority or spotlighting energy and sustainability concerns. They could also explore leadership, mana, autonomy or sovereignty among other salient issues. In previous years films were limited to three minutes, but this year, they can be between three and eight minutes long. Proposals are requested that speak to M?ori, Pasifika and Asian perspectives. There is also provision for a documentary in te reo M?ori to complete the collection.

Key dates to keep in mind:
?      Submissions open 19 December 2018
?      Deadline for proposals 11am 25 January 2019.
?      Successful applicants notified 6 February 2019.
?      1st Loading Docs workshop 16 and 17 February 2019.
?      Crowdfunding campaign March/April 2019.
?      Production commences April 2019.



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Posted Wednesday 19 Dec 2018

Today's video slot features a story about food and loving your neighbour - to get you in the Christmas spirit! Written and produced by Dr Sapna Samant, with Amy Barber on sound design, Kimbap is also about the isolation and loneliness of a Korean 'goose' family, where the mother and daughter live in New Zealand so the daughter can go to school here.

Click here to watch Kimbap

IMAGE/a still shot from Kimbap

Meanwhile, Sapna's short film Debts We Pay, which also features a beautiful performance by a young actor, is about an Indian family in Wellington and how they negotiate their lives in an alien cultural setting. Written, directed and co-produced by Sapna, Brett Mills produced the film, Aline Tran was DOP and Michelle Turner was production manager.