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.
20th Annual Webby Winners Announced!
The 20th annual Webby Awards have been announced, with The Onion taking home a Lifetime Achievement award. Voters for the awards including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf and Susan P. Crawford, who are members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. And more than two-million votes were cast for for the Webby People’s Voice Awards this year.
The full list of the winners: The Webby Awards
Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved
In a digital era, media is no longer simple and neat, and big industries no longer control them all; everything is free and without limitations, and everyone has a say in the market. But when everyone is fighting for the same amount of audiences with more outlets, did someone diminished the merit of what they made? The best and most important things new media has ever made were not made to reach the most people — they were made to reach the right people.
Read More: Medium
A Sit-Down With Directors and Subjects on “The Return”
In this sit-down interview with IndieWire, “The Return” directors Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway discuss the making of their film, and how they picked the subjects. One of the featured returning prisoners, Bilal Chatman, talks about his experience in the documentary and his plan for the future.
Read more: indiewire
The Washington Post’s mobile-friendly, “virtual museum” on the Obama presidency
The Washington Post produced a multimedia project to adapt the audience’s mobile use habit. This project on Obama presidency, has a design similar to SnapChat’s discover page, which designed with essays, photos, video, audio clips, and archival material, where readers can submit their own reflections.
Read More: The Washington Post
Selling Serco: documentary-maker Molly Dineen on why she shot a corporate promo
BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Molly Dineen likes “going to the frontline.” When outsourcing firm, Secro, hit a corporate crisis, Dineen was called by Secro PR to solve the problem. While executives and employees were struggling to curb the name calling headlines — ‘evil’, ‘ripping off taxpayers’ — Dineen was making an hour-long film about the company. Not viewable to the public, the main motive of the film was to boost staff members’ self esteem, showing Secro employees as humane and selfless people.
Read more: The Guardian
The Best and Worst Documentaries of the Tribeca Film Festival
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival ended this week, leaving viewers with plenty to think and reflect on. Although this was only the 15th festival for Tribeca, it has quickly become a hotspot for filmmakers and movie buffs from around the globe searching for non-fiction film. If you happened to miss out on the fun, check out some of the favorite and least favorite films that were seen.
Read more: Flavorwire
Upcoming festivals and deadlines
- Documentamadrid 4/27-5/8
- Hot Docs Festival 4/28-5/8
- Deadline: Call for Projects – Sunny Side of the Doc 2016 4/28
- 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