Make an IMPACT in this year's Loading Docs

Posted Tuesday 13 Mar 2018

Do you have a powerful idea that you know will make an impact on screen? Loading Docs is seeking proposals from New Zealand filmmakers for creative and original three-minute documentary shorts, and this year, the theme is IMPACT.

"Impact is a powerful word; it has influence and weight. Impact clearly states its intentions and demands outcomes, and I am incredibly excited to be on the verge of embarking on another journey into miniature but mighty storytelling with a new group of imaginative filmmakers."

- Julia Parnell, Executive Producer

Every year Loading Docs asks filmmakers to explore a theme such as Home (2014), Connection (2015), Change (2016) and Diversity (2017). This year's theme, IMPACT, is one that should inspire stories that ignite change, spark debate and challenge the status quo, exciting audiences with the power of New Zealand stories.

In 2018 the theme will be taken one step further, speaking not only to the content of the documentaries but also to the process; Loading Docs filmmakers will team up with an 'Impact Partner' - an influential group or individual in support of their short - to open further funding, audience and distribution pathways.

Loading Docs looks forward to receiving applications from a range of filmmakers who are as diverse as the stories they will tell. In particular, 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.

As always, 10 documentaries will be selected and each team will receive extensive support and opportunities for growth.10 documentaries will be selected with each team receiving extensive support and opportunities for growth:
- $4,450 production funding.
- Support to run a crowdfunding campaign through Boosted that must raise a minimum of $2,000.
- A colour grade and sound-mix package delivered by Department of Post.
- Professional development opportunities, story and creative treatment, outreach and distribution strategies, access to local and international experts, hands on support to develop new work and assistance to find suitable impact partners.

This is an opportunity for the best emerging filmmaking voices in New Zealand to take up the challenge and be part of this cutting edge short documentary initiative.

Important dates:

3 April 2018 at 9am - Deadline for proposals.
11 April - Successful applicants notified.
21 & 22 April - Loading Docs workshop.
16 May till 15 June - Crowdfunding campaign.
June - Production commences.

Visit to submit a proposal. For further details, contact Nia Phipps, Producer/Project

Don't dawdle, because the deadline for proposals is 9AM 3 April 2018!

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