Programming Update: Navigating the New with Kurt Kratchman
How do you stay relevant in the changing digital media landscape? Congress 2014 guest speaker Kurt Kratchman believes that, “factual content is more relevant than ever in this brave world of big data, social, cloud and mobile.” In his session, produced by DRIVE’s Lilla Hurst, Kurt will show us how to leverage the disruptions, establish a position in this new environment and, ultimately, navigate the new.
Kurt’s presentation will launch an afternoon of sessions that explore new models and opportunities in the changing broadcast landscape. Members will share their experiences of creating new business models and identifying opportunities beyond conventional television.
Call for Submissions: What’s the Buzz 2014
WCSFP is pleased to announce that Arrow Media will produce the 2014 What’s the Buzz?, our annual round-up of what’s new, current and outstanding in science, history and factual media.
For this session, we need the most outstanding content you’ve seen this past year. Was there a program or series that communicated complex ideas in clear and imaginative ways? Was innovative in style and approach? Was big on impact? Was controversial? Or was just plain fantastic?
Submit your nomination by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Wellcome Trust Mentoring Program Participants Announced
The Congress is pleased to announce participants in the 2014 Wellcome Trust Mentoring Program for Emerging Talent. The four participants, all from the United Kingdom, are Catherine Gale, Charlotte Hunt-Grubbe, Duncan Singh and Nathan Wren.
The WCSFP looks forward to welcoming all the participants to Congress and to helping foster the next generation of science and factual producers.
New CNEX Bursary Program for Chinese Producers
New this year, the WCSFP has partnered with CNEX, a non-profit foundation devoted to the production and promotion of Chinese documentaries, to create a bursary program for Chinese independent producers to attend the 2014 Congress. Recipients of this bursary will join the WCSFP Emerging Producer Bursary Program participants at GZDOC from November 11 to 14, and at the Congress from November 18 to 21.
For more information about the CNEX independent producer bursary program, please contact Sarah Hung at email@example.com.
Applications Now Open for Emerging Producers Bursary Program
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is pleased to announce the Emerging Producers Bursary Program, developed to provide attendance support for emerging producers working in science, history, and factual media and encourage a new generation of Congress members. The Bursary offers a range of financial support for accreditation, travel and accommodation for the Congress, as well as guaranteed meetings and networking opportunities. Applications are now open, with a final deadline of October 2.
2014 Host Hotel Announced: Kowloon Shangri-La
The WCSFP is pleased to announce that the Kowloon Shangri-La will be the host hotel for the 2014 Congress. Located in the heart of the shopping, entertainment and commercial district of Tsim Shaw Tsui East, the Kowloon Shangri-La features sweeping views of the world famous Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong city skyline and the stunning city lights.
Visa Information for Hong Kong
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of 7 to 180 days, depending on nationality. Details about visa requirements are available from the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
If you plan on visiting Beijing or other parts of mainland China for either work or vacation during your stay, you will now need to arrange for your own travel visa for these purposes as the WCSFP will not be able to facilitate these requests. For more information on business and tourist visas, please visit www.visaforchina.org.
For information regarding a 72-hour transit visa exemption at ports of entry in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, please visit www.visaforchina.org.
Call For Submissions: Little Gems
We are seeking outstanding little gems in science, history, knowledge and discovery—programs with style, wit and flair, even without mega blockbuster budgets. We are looking for innovation and creativity in subject matter, storytelling, filming, concept, production process, finance strategy, technology and platforms. Little Gems will feature members that are not usually in the limelight, who have been nominated by commissioners, distributors or fellow producers. We’ll only select films that will be presented by the filmmakers, broadcasters or distributors attending the Congress. Projects must be recent and already broadcasted or released.
WCSFP Welcomes Discovery Canada/EPI as Sponsor
The Congress is pleased to welcome back Discovery Canada and Exploration Production Inc. as sponsors of the 2014 Congress. Discovery Canada is Canada’s top-rated network for viewer satisfaction. Its entertaining and award-winning programs explore the fascinating worlds of nature, science and technology, and adventure. As a producer and broadcaster of documentary programming, Discovery Canada is internationally recognized for innovation and quality in all areas of the broadcast industry.
WCSFP Welcomes NHK as Sponsor
The Congress is pleased to welcome NHK as a returning sponsor of the 2014 event. NHK is Japan’s sole public broadcaster. Funded by receiving fees from each Japanese household, it has a reputation for impartial, high-quality programming. Through its four nationwide TV channels, NHK reaches about 50 million households. Besides being a broadcaster, NHK produces a vast genre of high-quality programs, including news, documentaries, talk shows, children and educational programs, music, entertainment, drama, and animation, all in HD. Most of NHK’s programs are made available internationally through its affiliate NEP (NHK Enterprises, Inc.).