The Solutions Storytelling Project, supported by the Skoll Foundation, is a collaborative new initiative from the Video Consortium that connects local filmmakers with social innovators to produce solutions-focused short documentaries that catalyze positive social change. The Project’s East Africa edition is presented in collaboration with Docubox.
How to Apply
If you are a social innovator, represent a nonprofit, or are a filmmaker based in East Africa, click the buttons below to review our FAQs and complete an application.
Not in East Africa but interested in participating in the program?
A second application round in other geographic areas will open in late 2022; in the meantime, sign up to receive information about future programs.
East African filmmakers who wish to expand their professional repertoire and put their skills to work for a well-respected local change-making organization are encouraged to apply. For more details and eligibility requirements, please read the details below and apply.
East African filmmakers who wish to expand their professional repertoire and put their skills to work for a well-respected local change-making organization are encouraged to apply.
Selected filmmakers with receive:
To be considered for the program, you must be:
Any filmmaker living and working in East Africa may apply. Your reel, past projects, ability to meet the above requirements will be considered during our decision-making process, which will be led by VC in consultation with Skoll.
Yes, here is a list of some great examples of the films we’ll be using as inspiration!
Each filmmaker will receive a $1,500 stipend for participation and a $4,500 budget per film, paid directly to you. This budget will translate to approximately 1 or 2 days of on-location filming (with your partner organization) and a few weeks of of editing. You’ll be supported throughout this process with production guidance and mentorship to ensure you create a successful film — that clearly speaks to your partner organization’s mission and that you can use to generate new, future work.
Please see above “program details.” Please note that this is a six-month-long program: when you’re not in production, you will be helping fellow filmmakers with guidance and offering notes, and also learning new techniques and production techniques through the professional development aspect of the program. Expect approximately 5 hours/per week (or more, if you desire) to be allotted to the the collaboration / support / learning community beyond the time on the video being produced.
Yes! You can both apply to the program, and mention each other’s names in your applications. Or, you can also apply alone and mention their name, if you’d like to hire them for a specific role and use part of your production budget for them to help you bring your film to life. Each film will have one lead and a total budget of $4500. So if you want to partner on producing a film, you can split that however you decide.
Pairs will be created based on alignment of your skillset and interests and the organization’s mission, as well as your proximity to your organization’s desired filming location(s).
VC will help oversee the entire process: your direct contact will be the VC program’s manager and we will have additional team members help with finishing the film and launching it into the world. Skoll and VC will provide notes on drafts (in addition to the featured orgs) and will showcase all finished films on their respective platforms.
We will notify you with final decisions before November, 2022.
We hope to expand this offering to more regions in the Global South in 2023. Please fill this form out to express your interest in participating!
Please email email@example.com and we’ll direct your questions to the right people!
Any Skoll-supported, East Africa-based organization is encouraged to apply for this opportunity to have a film made about their work to further their impact. For more details and eligibility requirements, please read this FAQ and apply below.
Any organization working in East Africa that has received Skoll funding can apply. Diversity of organizations and issue areas will drive our decision-making process, which will be led by VC in consultation with Skoll. Stories should touch on at least one of Skoll Foundation’s five strategic priorities (health, effective governance, inclusive economies, environment, racial justice). Our reviewers will consider:
We’re looking for stories that highlight a solution or that show how your model works in the field. Example formats could include:
Yes, here is a list of some great examples of the films we’ll be using as inspiration.
$4500 per film, paid directly to your filmmaker-partner, which includes access to gear for filmmakers, and a limited additional stipend for necessary filmmaker travel. For reference, this means there will be approximately 1 or 2 days of on-location filming (with your organization/partners), 1-3 featured characters/interviews and several days of off-site editing — during this period, you will be consulted regularly to give feedback on video briefs, shot lists, and video drafts.
Your organization will be responsible for providing guidance to the filmmaker on the scope and direction of the project, and access to subjects and locations. You will be asked to provide clear, actionable feedback on project briefs and in-progress drafts. (One main point of contact from your organization who can gather all stakeholder’s notes typically works best so the filmmaker receives clear direction.) For some projects we may also work with you to create a release plan for the film (social media, website, live events, etc.). And if you have never made a film before, that is ok! Our team is here to help.
No, this program will only fund the production of films in documentary/nonfiction format, which means that no animations, graphic/text driven stories, or narrative projects will be considered.
Absolutely. Please ask them to apply here.
Filmmakers will be chosen based on the strength and alignment of their past work and proximity to your organization and filming location(s).
You will have support through the entire process. The program manager for the Solutions Storytelling Project will be your direct contact for questions or needs, and additional team members from SSP will help you finish the film and launch it in the world.
We will notify you with final decisions before November, 2022.
Absolutely. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to create a focused application.
Sure. Three applications/project proposals max per organization.
Definitely. Please add a link to the film in your application as a reference example.
Most films will be between one and four minutes.
We hope to expand this offering to more regions in the Global South in 2023. Please apply here if interested in participating in future programs.
If the story or work involves a partner or beneficiary of a Skoll awardee/grantee, they may apply as well.
Yes! If you are a current or past grantee, your organization is eligible to apply.