Doc Memo is POV’s daily newsletter featuring recent news for the filmmaking community, whether you’re a filmmaker, film student or an avid watcher of documentaries.

5 Groundbreaking Ways to Tell Stories in the Future of Filmmaking
Creators from showcases presented at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival’s Hub offered their insights on how to push the limits of traditional storytelling and to open the door for modern storytelling. The filmmakers marked the importance of understanding and caring audience, and some key notes including how to break traditional narrative lines and merge new narratives, think outside the frame, make location a part of the story, etc.
Read more: No Film School

A FRONTLINE VR Experience — Return To Chernobyl
On the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, FRONTLINE returns to the scene of the disaster for a first-of-its-kind tour of the area in virtual reality. Following Aleksandr Sirota, a official guide to Pripyat, the documentary looks at the remnants of Pripyat, what’s left of the Chernobyl station, and the effort to seal the reactor behind the meltdown with a radiation confinement shelter.
Watch the 360° video and read more: FRONTLINE

You Want To See More Women In Film? This Is How To Do It
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival includes its largest crop of female-directed films yet, almost a full third of the total lineup, with a total of 30 female filmmakers. And clearly, Tribeca is trying hard to get those female filmmaker’s voice heard, by creating exclusive events that create space for them to meet, introduce their work to larger community, spotlight successful ones, and ultimately encourage other film festivals to do the same work.
Read more: IndieWire

LA Film Festival: Competition Lineup Announced
Film Independent< has revealed the complete lineup for the 2016 LA Film Festival, which will take place June 1-9 at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood and Culver City. 42 world premieres have been chosen for the five categories of competitions, including 12 features competing in the Documentary Competition.
Read more: LA Film Festival

75th Annual Documentary & Educational Winners
The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has announced the Documentary and Education programs among this year’s winners. Along with POV’s Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie), The nine honorees include PBS FRONTLINE’s ISIS in Afghanistan, Independent Lens’ India’s Daughter, HBO’s The Jinx and Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief.
Read more: Peabody Awards

A New Podcast from Mic and The Economist aims for a global perspective on the 2016 election
‘Special Relationship’ is a biweekly podcast hosted by Mic reporter Celeste Katz and The Economist reporter John Prideaux to examine the 2016 election with a global focus. The first episode will focus on how national security factors, such as terrorism, into the campaign, shifted political races across the globe. While political coverage is widespread, the unique combination of UK-based Mic and The Economist in this ‘pop-up’ podcast will garner not only global audiences, but a source of revenue for both publishers.
Read more: Nieman Lab

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

  • Documentamadrid 4/27-5/8
  • Hot Docs Festival 4/28-5/8
  • Deadline: Call for Projects – Sunny Side of the Doc 2016 4/28

Next Week

  • DOK.fest-International Documentary Film Festival Munich 5/5-5/15
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival 5/6-5/15
  • Deadline: International Film Festival Amsterdam 5/1
  • Deadline: ITVS Digital Open Call – 5/2
  • Deadline: National Science Foundation: Antarctic Artists and Writers Program Proposal 5/1
  • Rolling: ITVS LINCS Fund 5/1
  • Rolling: Center for Independent Documentary Collaboration Application 5/1
  • Rolling: Ford Foundation Grants 5/1
  • Rolling: ITVS Commissioned Funding 5/1
  • Rolling: Jerome: NYC Film and Video Grant Program 5/1
  • Rolling: The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund 5/1
  • Rolling: The Humane Society’s Ace Documentary Film Grant 5/1
  • Rolling: The Scottish Documentary Institute Consultancies 5/1

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.