The 1 Month Programme
For one month each year, 15 selected participants co-direct a series of 3-5 minute documentaries with OTOXO Productions. These shorts are distributed to festivals & media outlets around the world, and streamed on the OTOXO platform. For these reasons alone we demand the highest quality of work from our participants and provide them with the highest quality of training to ensure it.
Our 50/50 partnership
Our partnership with our participants continues beyond the creation of the film. Should that film which we create together (or any revised cut of the film, based on the same characters and concept) generate any money, for example from a sale to a platform, channel, distributor, or our own V.O.D platform, then the profits from that sale will be split 50/50 between OTOXO Productions and all programme participants.
Participants will be assessed on a continual basis, and will receive feedback on every task they do. At the end of their studies and production of the film, participants will receive a final written assessment and written reference from OTOXO Productions, detailing their activities and responsibilities as co-director in the production.
The OTOXO Productions tutors are both Spanish speakers but also native English speakers. Candidates must be fluent in either English or Spanish to participate.
The equipment we use on the programme is selected specifically to strike a balance between quality – to produce films that maintain and push the standards set by OTOXO and our broadcasting partners, and affordability – so that our participants learn how to use, and maximise the potential of, equipment that is an affordable price to them, as they move on to produce their own professional productions.
We give all selected participants the option of crowdfunding to help cover the cost of their fees and many participants fund part or even all of their course through finding donations. What makes this work is the fact that the course is tied into a real production. While it would be impossible for you to ask for donations to help you go to film school or attend a documentary studies course, it is much more reasonable to ask people and organisations to donate towards the making of a film about important social issues.
After reviewing the application forms, we select a list of candidates who are invited to a face to face interview (or, if you are applying from abroad you will be invited to an online interview). This way we can fully assess the potential of every candidate, and make our final selection.
Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.
The dates of our next programme
Our next programme runs from the 3rd of July until the 28th of July, and we are accepting applications now.