Embrace: Open Call for Documentary Short Films

Embrace
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 31 January, 2022
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Are you a filmmaker with a proven track record and a passion for gender justice issues? Do you have experience producing documentaries, short-films, commercials or animated content?  
 
Background

In 2019, the Commission for Gender Equity submitted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur. The report stated that “research and investigations conducted over the last two decades in South Africa have shown that women and girls seeking reproductive healthcare services in the public health system often face physical and psychological violence and mistreatment”. As a movement for mothers, Embrace is committed to sounding the alarm about obstetric violence, an often-ignored form of gender-based violence.
Part of our mission is to advocate for the priorities of early motherhood, and elevate the voices and experiences of mothers. Although it is pervasive, obstetric violence goes largely unacknowledged, even in discourse about gender-based violence.

As such, Embrace is commissioning a short film project that documents the stories, experiences and unique perspectives of women and birthing people who have experienced obstetric violence. Through a series of 5 shorts (3 – 6 minutes each), we hope to give rare insight into how obstetric violence impacts birthing people physically and psychologically, and to help amplify the voices of survivors.
Some themes we would like the shorts to explore are:

  • Illuminating the dark side of birth – stories of survivors

  • The socio-economic and environmental factors that contribute to the high prevalence of obstetric violence

  • Perspectives from the field i.e. interviews with frontline health workers

  • Compassionate care challenges and barriers, and moving towards a human rights-based approach to childbirth (WHO model of intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience)

The 5 short films should represent a diversity of voices from across the country and should appeal to multiple audiences as they will be used as an advocacy tool. Ultimately, we would like to spark a birth revolution and mobilise a movement that will change the face of maternity care in South Africa.
 
Applications should include:

  1. A show-reel – maximum 20 minutes of previous short-form work

  2. A creative treatment – including format, approach, budget and proposed production timelines – no more than 3 pages

  3. A company profile, including names, creative team’s CVs with filmography, company registration and tax clearance certificate

Successful applicants will be invited to pitch in the first week of February. Embrace will only contact applicants by email if they have been shortlisted, and cannot offer feedback on submissions.
Individuals and production companies should be able to demonstrate experience across the value chain i.e. development, pro-quality production and post-production, as well as marketing and distribution.
Send submissions to [email protected] by 31 January 2022.

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