Saturday, June 28, 2014

Call for Submissions: Interactive Haiku - NFB and ARTE commission 12 one-minute works (Deadline August 19 2014)

From a media release:

NFB and ARTE commission 12 one-minute works
Call for Submissions
Got an idea for an innovative short interactive project?

• The call for projects is open until August 19, 2014, at noon (Eastern Standard Time). 

• Winners will be announced this fall
• Applicants can register online at

Toronto –
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and ARTE are issuing an international call for submissions for short online interactive experiences, in a new collaboration called Interactive Haiku.

Memes, Vines and Buzzfeed are all formatted for the digital age, where users tend to consume things quickly.

Yet brief experiences aren’t synonymous with an absence of quality or depth: the short format of haiku poetry offers a perfect example. Interactive Haiku aims to bring the brevity and richness of the haiku to the online realm, through projects that explore the possibilities of the short interactive format.

To help guide applicants, organizers have offered these 10 rules:

1. The experience should be 60 seconds long.
2. It should inspire us to see the world we live in differently.
3. Only one interactive concept should be used.
4. It should employ a full browser design with common “NFB/ARTE” header.
5. No navigation menu should be used.
6. Project must include sound.
7. It should be understandable and accessible to an international audience.
8. Project creators must own or have released all rights.
9. Must be computer, tablet and mobile friendly (iOS, Android and Windows).
10. And because there’s always an exception to the rule: break one of the creative rules 1 through 7
and explain why.

Twelve proposals will be selected. Applicants can register online at
The call for projects is open until August 19, 2014, at noon (Eastern Standard Time). Winners will be announced this fall.

Proposals will be selected by an international jury consisting of Caspar Sonnen, founder and curator, IDFA DocLab; H├ęctor Ayuso, founder and programmer, OFFF Festival; David Carzon, bi-media editor-in-chief, Telerama; Ciel Hunter, creative director, the Creators Project; Jonathan Harris, artist and computer scientist; Marie-Pier Gauthier, head of production at the NFB’s Digital Studio; and Alexander Knetig, web commissioning editor at ARTE. William Uricchio, professor of Comparative Media Studies and Principal Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Game Lab, will serve as jury president.

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