RealYoung 2018

New ways of reaching young audiences - To lift real life stories for young viewers to the next level, RealYoung initiative brings together creators, funders, distributors, publishers and everyone else targeting younger audiences.

Dead-line for submission for the next edition of RealYoung is January 10th.

WHY?
Every day kids and youth consume a substantial amount of real life stories via YouTube channels, Instagram videos, Snapchats, TV and via many other outlets. Like sponges they absorb peer created content, cute cats, latest football goals, funny clips and much more. But where can they access edgy, daring, stimulating and thought-provoking reflections on real life?

Kids and youth grow up with visual media as the prime source for navigating and understanding the world around us. So how do we secure they are also offered an alternative to funny cats and laughing babies? With RealYoung we want to enhance the real life stories that can help shape the next generation and make them:

  • Enhance their sense of being critical citizens
  • Better understand the global society
  • Navigate the complex digital media landscape
  • Raise their understanding of other cultures
  • Grow their entrepreneur- and leadership potential

WHAT?
RealYoung is a 3-step programme where creators, funders, experts and publishers will develop, present and network with the aim of bringing great real life stories for kids or youth across borders to an international audience.

We are now calling for six documentary projects aimed at younger audiences to take part in RealYoung 2018. All six projects will:

  • get individual feedback through online consultation
  • take part in an intensive 1-day development program
  • have individual meetings with potential collaborators
  • gain full access to The Financing Forum for Kids Content
  • network with international colleagues
  • obtain extensive knowledge about the international market for children and youth documentaries
  • be considered for an EDN Online Pitching Session dedicated to documentaries for younger audiences.

THE PROGRAMME
The RealYoung 2018 initiative is a 3-step programme with two online components and one on location meeting. The programme consists of these three steps:

1) Pre-workshop module
Mid-February 2018. Online video meetings.
The selected project teams are preparing individually for the in residence workshop by getting one-on-one project consultation provided via videoconference by EDN.

2) Development, presentations and networking
March 13-15, 2018 The Financing Forum for Kids Content, Malmö, Sweden
Day 1: Intensive development workshop focusing on project development and fine-tuning of project presentations.
Day 2 + 3: Pitching, one-on-one meetings and participating at The Financing Forum for Kids Content.

3) RealYoung video consultation
September 2018. Online video meetings. 
All six projects from RealYoung will have individual consultation meetings, facilitated as an online video conference. The individual consultation will be with the RealYoung organisers from The Financing Forum for Kids Content, IDFA and EDN with the aim of mapping the further project development and outline the market potential for the project.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
The six projects to be chosen to take part in RealYoung are selected in two different categories:

RealYoung Pitch Projects: 3 projects will take part in the full development program, pitch during The Financing Forum for Kids Content and have individual meetings with financiers and potential collaborators.

RealYoung Development Projects: 3 projects will take part in the full development program and have individual meetings with financiers and potential collaborators.

For the RealYoung Pitch Projects we are looking for thoroughly developed projects with clear intensions about the story, treatment, target audience and production outline. If you are applying as a pitch project, please send us a 2-page presentation with the following:

  • Short synopsis describing the story
  • Treatment with reflections on the visual approach and narrative structure
  • The total budget sum (not the whole budget)
  • A brief financing plan
  • Title, director, producer, production company, length, format & production plan/time of delivery
  • Short CV & filmography of company and director
  • Contact details on producer/production company and/or director
  • Link to pilot, trailer or other visual material representing the project.

Applications exceeding two pages will not be considered.

For the RealYoung Development Projects we are looking for ideas that should be independent of any sort of restrictions like budget, format and stage of development. If you are applying as a development project, please send us a 2-page presentation with the following:

  • Short synopsis describing the idea
  • Initial ideas about visual approach and narrative structures
  • Suggested total budget sum (not the whole budget)
  • Title, director, producer, production company, length, format & production plan/time of delivery
  • Short CV & filmography of company and director
  • Contact details on producer/production company and/or director
  • If available, link to pilot or other visual material representing the project.

Applications exceeding two pages will not be considered. In order to apply for the RealYoung 2018, please submit your project to maritteThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than January 10th, 2018.


WHAT YOU GET AND PARTICIPATION FEE

If your project is selected for RealYoung 2018, you will receive an all access accreditation to The Financing Forum for Kids Content and take part in the full three-step program, being

1) Pre-workshop consultation
2) Development, presentations and networking at The Financing Forum for Kids Content
3) RealYoung Online Pitching Session/video consultation

The participation fees are:
RealYoung Pitch Projects: 2500 SEK ex VAT for each pitching team of one-two people.
RealYoung Development Projects: 2300 SEK ex VAT for each development team of one-two people.

Travel, hotel and accommodation are not included.

We will encourage, challenge and inspire creators, funders, brands, publishers and others targeting youth audiences: Let us together develop real life stories aimed at the platforms where children watch, engage, share and interact. And let us do this in collaboration with our primary audience: the youth.

If your project has been selected in the Pitch kategori, go to the SUBMISSION page to register. 

If your project has been selected in the Development kategori, go to the ACCREDITATION / RealYoung Development page to register. 


WHO ARE WE?

RealYoung is a joint initiative from three leading European actors in the field of documentary and youth content being:

The Financing Forum for Kids Content: the leading European financing forum for youth content, happening yearly in March in Malmö, Sweden.

IDFA: the world’s biggest documentary film festival happening yearly in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

EDN – European Documentary Network: The leading network and knowledge organisation for the European documentary industry.