Call for submissions – September 2015 Observational Documentary Workshop

a free workshop for documentary makers.

“Probing the public, unlocking the private”.
– creating a brilliant observational documentary

The Wednesday September 16th session of Ozdox will be a very special

workshop and we encourage all filmmakers intending to make or already

making an observational documentary to apply.

Ob-docs are becoming a lost art, and the special challenges they present are not fully

understood or appreciated. We’re doing a call out for projects, and those selected will

have the opportunity to pitch them to a panel of experienced practitioners/teachers

who will interrogate their ideas and methods and answer questions. Through this

interaction those not presenting will also be exposed to a concrete and lively discussion

of the many thrills and spills inherent in creating this most challenging form of documentary.

The session will be introduced by Tom Zubrycki (The Diplomat, Molly & Mobarak,

The Hungry Tide), highly regarded as a filmmaker, teacher and mentor. He will set the

tone of the evening with a short lecture on such considerations as: choosing a viable subject,

following unfolding narrative, many ‘characters’ or one person’s story, announcing the

filmmaker’s presence, observation or provocation, narration (if any), music, evolving a

personal style, and the crucial role of editors.

Panel to be announced in early August.

Apply Now. Send us no more than one page of information, including your contact details,

a short one-paragraph synopsis, a one-paragraph biography including names of previous

films (if any), and one sentence about what stage your project is up to. Please provide links

to any relevant website or promo. All stages of dreams/production/levels of experience considered.

DEADLINE: August 26th, 2015. Send to: ozdox@ozdox.org