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Pervasive Media Studio Put An Open Call Out For VR Documentary Proposals

Three successful applications will be granted a £50k production budget.

In partnership with UWE Bristol, University of Bristol and University of Bath, Pervasive Media Studio and Watershed have put out a call for virtual reality (VR) applications for their ‘Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters‘. The collaboration is looking to invite bold and distinctive proposals to create nonfiction experience in VR with a budget of £50,000 (GBP).

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The call out is looking for ideas that engage deeply and creatively with the potential of VR for documentary or journalism use. “Proposals might ask questions of the relationship between participant and subject, reflect on the ethics of immersion, or give voice to underrepresented communities or individuals.” the announcement writes. The call out is looking for ideas that will push boundaries and challenge the orthodoxies that are emerging in immersive nonfiction that will help shape the industry.

Furthermore, the call out is hoping to find projects that will explore the potential of VR to convene urgent conversations about the world, rather then demonstrators of the latest technology innovation. Applicants are encouraged to take risks with their ideas and use this as a chance to look to the future direction of the field.


The ‘Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters’ is looking to commission three original works, each receiving a £50,000 (GBP) production budget with support from the commissioning and research teams. To apply for the call out, applicants will need to read the call document carefully and download it. There is also an FAQ which will be updated regularly along with a help sheet available to view as well, here. Finally, submissions can be made using the online form. For more details on applying and for details on how to apply via another means, head over to the call out page here.

The deadline for applications to ‘Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters’ is Friday 28th, September 2018, at 5pm GMT.

This is an opportunity for those looking to have a direct impact on the immersive industry and who want to create something with meaning. Applications are encouraged for all areas but experience with VR is of course a big help here. VRFocus will be sure to bring you all the latest on the program in the future so stay tuned for more.

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