Grants for Non-fiction Transmedia’s second round
This year’s Grant Programme for Non-fiction Transmedia, which Creative Industries Fund NL organizes in conjunction with the Netherlands Film Fund, has been completed. Here we present the projects that were selected to receive support from this second round. This overview demonstrates how the Grant Programme for Non-fiction Transmedia’s aims and objectives are being embodied via diverse angles of approach.
Lighthouse Reports is receiving a production grant for the special journalistic project Track & Trace van de Nederlandse Wapenhandel (Track & Trace of the Dutch Arms Trade), which involves collaborating with Bellingcat. The Stichting Tangerine Tree foundation is receiving a production grant for its Dit geloof ik (This is what I believe) project, in which children talk about their faith. The €250,000 budget that the committee had at its disposal was far from sufficient for the evident quality of the 36 proposals submitted. In 2018 there are two application rounds, with deadlines on 13 March and 14 August.
Non-fiction Transmedia continue to evolve
The advisory committee noted that after its first four years the grant programme is still in the throes of development. Whereas three years ago there was an emphasis on the wholly autonomous development of an online environment in which the narrative was cast, the committee notes that projects are now increasingly being devised along the lines of a campaign. Social media are increasingly regarded as the main platform. For many applicants the fragmented presentation of content no longer seems to be a problem.
The committee is positive about the diversity of the projects and applicants. Makers who for whatever reasons have often had to sidestep the traditional media can now distinguish themselves with more radical project forms within this scheme. The project #VerlorenJongensZullenWinnen (#LostYoungstersWillWin) by Studio Isaura San provides a great example of this. The same applies for the animated VR production Half a Life by Ado Ato Pictures, which ties in with the eponymous documentary and will be developed further during the IDFA DocLab Academy.
The other projects being supported with a development grant are: Dus wat gaan wij doen? (So what are we going to do?) by Ties Joosten, a campaign that offers an action plan to mitigate climate change at an individual level; Nieuwe Penoze (New Underworld) by Vice Benelux TV; and Binaire Verhalen: Feit is Fictie (Binary Tales: Fact is Fiction) by Juul van der Laan, about a traditional Nigerian philosopher who interprets the world on the basis of a ‘computer system’ that has been used to store wisdom since as far back as 500 BC.
Seven of the 36 proposals submitted for this recent application round of the Grant Programme for Non-fiction Transmedia are to receive a grant. Five parties are receiving a development grant of up to €25,000.
2018 deadlines: 13 March & 14 August