Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters // Project News // Aug 14, 2018.

Virtual Realities - Immersive Documentary Encounters Commissions

In partnership with Watershed, we are excited to invite bold and distinctive proposals to create nonfiction experiences in virtual reality. We are seeking to commission three original works, each receiving a £50k production budget and support from the commissioning and research teams.

Links to further application details and call document are here. Closing Date: Friday, 28 September, 2018 - 17:00.

We are open to ideas that engage deeply and creatively with the potential of VR for documentary or journalism. Proposals might ask questions of the relationship between participant and subject, reflect on the ethics of immersion, or give voice to underrepresented communities or individuals. This opportunity allows for ideas that push boundaries and challenge the orthodoxies that are emerging in immersive nonfiction.

We are looking for projects that explore the potential of the platform to convene urgent conversations about our shared world, rather than demonstrators of the latest technology innovation. We are interested in work that takes risks, and points to future directions for the field.

Who should apply?

We are excited to hear ideas from those with direct experience of this field who are keen to build on that experience and push boundaries. We are also keen to hear bold new ideas from creative practitioners from different disciplines, particularly those whose voices are currently underrepresented in VR and in the nonfiction sector. In order to create space for both, we are offering two distinct pathways for submissions: Open call and New voices.

How to apply?

Links to the call document and further information can be found here. The closing date for applications is 17:00, Friday, 28 September, 2018.