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In i-Docs presents, News & Events by Jess Linington

The summer is definitely here and with it comes news of some fantastic events and some unmissable opportunities. Here’s a few that have caught our eye, but have we missed something out? If you think so, please let us know via the comments, Facebook or Twitter – we look forward to hearing from you!

Photo by Gilles Pradeau from the first Popathon event in London

Photo by Gilles Pradeau from the first Popathon event in London

The Digital Pitch

Got an idea for a digital interactive documentary? Antenna Documentary Festival are launching a pitching session for digital interactive documentaries and it could be your chance to get some expert advice! The best submissions will be invited to pitch to a panel of industry representatives from The Guardian Australia, Screen Australia, SBS Online and The Powerhouse Museum, during the festival in October 2013.

Guidelines for projects:

• Documentary or factual storytelling in a form specific to online presentation.

• Projects can include any combination of video, audio, stills and animation.

• Projects must be conceived specifically for the web, and stand alone online. (i.e. we won’t accept proposals that are add-ons for linear traditional-screen projects).

• Submissions must include the following:
1. Title and two-sentence summary
2. 300-word summary
3. Short bio for each member of production team
4. The best submissions will include sample material, such as weblinks. Submissions at concept stage will also be considered.

Send submissions to julia@antennafestival.org by 16th August – visit antennafestival.org for more info!

The Pixel Market 16/17 October

The deadline for the Pixel Market has been extended until the 1st August, so get your submissions in quickly! Pixel Market is the only marketplace dedicated to financing cross-media projects from around the world and has three great prizes up for grabs:

– 6,000€ ARTE International Prize for The Pixel Pitch 
– beActive Pixel Market prize for Best Scripted Content 
– Cinekid Pixel Market prize for Best Children’s Project (aimed at 4-14 year olds)

Everyday Rebellion, Arman & Arash T. Riahi of Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices from Power to the Pixel on Vimeo.

You can get an idea of what’s in store for 2013 and check out Arman and Arash T. Riahi pitching Everyday Rebellion(currently in post-production), the winner of last year’s ARTE Pixel Pitch prize and click here for further details.

Mini Doc Hothouse

Organised by iDROPS and MEDIA desk Belgium, the mini Doc Hothouse takes place on September 30th and gives you the chance to “get the feel” of the full WebDox Doc Hothouse which takes place in October. This event features a talk from Sharon Daniel, an inspiring documentary artist and professor in digital arts, whose work has been exhibited internationally at museums and festivals all over the world.

At the mini Doc Hothouse, Sharon will talk about her awarded interactive documentaries like “Public Secrets”, “Blood Sugar” and the new project “Inside the Distance” – which all have the same genealogy in terms of platform development and process. She will also show the Vectors Journal Database back-end  and some custom tools and talk about how she works on the design of the information architecture.

You can get tickets here and make sure you take a look at the full WebDox event which is held during October 2013.

Popathon London #2

Following the success of their previous event in London, Philo van Kemenade and Gilles Pradeau are back with another Popathon workshop on the 10-11 August. This creative hack jam will give you hands-on experience creating interactive stories that are truly part of the web. Visual storytellersdesigners and JavaScript coders are getting together to exchange skills and collaborate on real-world projects. We’ll introduce you to technologies like Popcorn.js, a JavaScript library that integrates the web into media production. You will team up to brainstorm ideas, create new open-source code and demo prototypes of your own interactive web-native stories.

Tickets are only £20, with a discounted student rate available, so get yours quick: popathon.org

i-Docs 2014

I realise this isn’t until next year, but make sure you save the date for i-Docs 2014! It will take place on March 20-21 and is hosted by the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England. There will be a Call for Papers, Earlybird ticket offers and more info for you in September, we can’t wait!

i-Docs 2012