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Climate Story Lab Nordic

The Climate Story Lab Nordic 2023 vision is to connect a selection of  powerful creative narratives that address climate change and climate justice while exploring solutions, with experts, strategists, organisational partners and funders.

The Climate Story Lab Nordic invites dynamic and passionate creatives (filmmakers, writers, podcasters, journalists, theatre-makers and other visual/aural storytellers) to apply to the inaugural Climate Story Lab Nordic.

The residential lab in the Autumn 2023 will incubate projects and support the development of strategies for greater impact. Over these days we will bring together the best creative storytellers with climate experts - scientists, economists, political strategists, faith leaders, cultural curators, journalists, grass roots campaigners - for days of radical collaboration. Together, this powerful group will strategise with the teams and help them to imagine how best to inspire citizens, engage politicians and mobilise communities with these projects.

CSL Nordic offers storytellers from the Nordic countries an opportunity to develop their projects to better support collective action against activities that contribute to climate change and support solutions that protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

 

Climate communication is more critical than ever before: we need the best storytelling to reach its full potential and hit the audiences that matter. 

*APPLICATION DEADLINE 26 MAY 2023

 

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

 

We are looking for up to 8 creative storytelling projects: we want to work with ambitious teams who are poised to launch straight into strategic partnerships with organisers and funders. We are looking for projects with the potential to combine powerful storytelling with innovative impact distribution strategies.

 

  • We will be focusing on films set in the Nordic countries or international projects which will resonate with the Nordic audiences.

  • We are looking for media projects which are ready for release within the next 18 months.

  • These projects could be feature length films (in the phase of post-production through to early distribution), episodic series, short films, VR projects or podcasts.

  • We welcome both nonfiction and fiction projects to apply.

  • For each creative project selected, we can support 2 team members to attend the residential lab. This team might include the Director, Producer, Impact Producer, film protagonist - and we will cover travel & hotels. 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Climate Story Lab Nordic invites dynamic and passionate creators who use art or the media for storytelling about climate change to apply to the first ever Climate Story Lab Nordic. We’re looking for established and emerging creatives working in a range of disciplines (including film, podcast, journalism, fiction writing, poetry (written or oral) theatre, stand-up comedy, web or television series, VR/XR, digital/social media and more) with projects already in some stage of production. 

This programme, including an intensive multi-day residential lab in autumn 2023, is supported by the DocSociety, FrittOrd, Minor Funds for Major Challenges, and hosted by Hum Studio Interactive and Differ Media in partnership with Doc Society and the Climate Story Unit. CSL Nordic offers storytellers from the Nordic countries an opportunity to develop their projects to better support collective action against activities that contribute to climate change and tell stories about solutions that protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

ABOUT THE LAB:

The Climate Story Lab Nordic vision is to connect the makers of a selection of powerful stories about climate change solutions and wins with experts, strategists, organisational partners and funders. We’ll share materials and prompts with the creatives behind the selected projects to help them prepare for a residential lab in Autumn 2023, during which we’ll incubate projects and support the development of strategies for greater impact.

WHEN DOES THE LAB TAKE PLACE?

Autumn 2023, location to be defined (full-time)

Any Coronavirus COVID-19 protocols released will be adhered to throughout the Lab.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or older

  • Submit a project that is in pre-production, production or post-production.

  • Be emerging or established creative practitioners using storytelling to talk about climate change

  • Commit to attend all components of the Climate Story Lab Nordic

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE CLIMATE STORY LAB:

  • Story Consultation and development

  • Distribution and impact strategy design support

  • Network building with other climate storytellers, subject matter experts, organisational partners and potential funders

  • Knowledge Sharing about tools, resources, strategies and case studies for this kind of work through 

 

HOW TO APPLY:

The application form is available here and requires the following information:

Project title

  • What form your story takes (eg. film, VR, podcast, theatre, etc.)

  • A description of your project (max 1000 words)

  • Key creatives’ biographies, CVs, examples of previous work

  • Your timeline, including what you’ve done already, where you are in the process now, and what still needs to be done

  • Visual/aural/any other relevant extract of or proof of concept for the project you are proposing  (eg. trailer/visual or audio extract/proof of concept/wireframe or whatever is relevant to your medium/art form)

  • Your central message or what you want to say with your story

  • Your goals/what you would like to achieve with your story

  • Who the audience is that you think needs to see/hear/experience your story to create change

  • Who the collaborators are that you are currently working with you and who you would like to work with

  • What existing support you have, who’s funding you or giving you input already

  • Why you are interested in the Lab and what you would like to gain from attending

IMPORTANT DATES:

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Please complete and submit this application form by 5pm CET Friday, 26 May 2023. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

INVITATION: Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 9 June 2023 and successful applicants by Friday 11 November 2022.

Any questions?

Please contact the programme manager here if you have any queries and follow us on our social media accounts for updates and a live Q&A@climatestorylabZA

*APPLICATION DEADLINE 26 MAY 2023

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