2018 Digital Media Nominees

This year the YFF reintroduced its Digital Media category looking for “An original production, in any genre, created for digital platforms such as mobile, virtual reality, web and other portable or interactive devices. Examples of such entries include but are not limited to: web series, non-linear web video projects, 360-degree videos, and virtual reality projects.”

Of the entries received, the following five productions were deemed nominees by our Digital Media Jury and are available for online viewing.

Invisible World

A 22-minute interactive project that blurs the line between documentary and fiction, Invisible World reimagines a young boy’s drowning and miraculous return in Cambodia in the mid-1990s through the perspectives and memories of multiple characters.

View online at: http://invisibleworld.nfb.ca/ (Requires Flash)

The NFB has also sent a VR version of Invisible World which is viewable at our festival VR kiosk on the main floor.

It Was Me

What does it look like to take responsibility for abusing the people closest to us?

“It Was Me” is an interactive documentary that looks inside six men’s personal journeys toward nonviolence. Created as a companion piece to the documentary “A Better Man”, “It Was Me” shares the stories of six men who have abused their partners and are now working to take responsibility and seeking a path towards nonviolence. All of the men have participated in group therapy and remain committed to building the skills and attitudes to form caring, violence-free relationships.

The questions guiding the dialogue in #ItWasMe were crowdsourced from survivors, who contributed to A Better Man’s #ShareMyVoice campaign in August 2016. Through a Twitter chat and online form, women who have experienced domestic violence shared what they would like to ask the people who hurt them.

Their input shaped the questions that were posed to the men interviewed for the project, e.g. “What made you think it was okay?” “Why did you hide it? “Are you ready to change?” As visitors to the site click on the questions, they hear women’s voices explaining why these questions matter to them. The users can then click to hear the men’s answers, including “I have to win.” “It wasn’t a secret.” “You make your choices.” Users then have the option to bookmark helpful resources and articles that relate to the men’s stories.

“”It Was Me” was inspired by the conversations I had with my ex-partner in “A Better Man”. I couldn’t believe how healing it was for me to hear him take responsibility for the violence he used against me. The “A Better Man” team witnessed how restorative these conversations were. “It Was Me” highlights other men who are committed and working towards ending their violence. We created this interactive companion to motivate others to make non-violent choices.” – Attiya Khan, Co-Director

View online at: https://abettermanfilm.com/interactive/

The Space We Hold

The interactive web documentary The Space We Hold is a direct provocation to audiences to bear witness to the testimonies of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Some 70 years after their imprisonment in so-called “comfort stations,” the three “grandmothers” – Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines – are now among the world’s oldest living survivors of militarized sexual violence. After decades of living in silence and shame about their past, they courageously agree to share their stories with those who are willing to listen.

View online at: http://spacewehold.nfb.ca/

The Shore Line

There has never been a better time to rethink our relationship to the shoreline. Half of all the world’s population lives close to the shore and over 70% of the world’s coastlines are vulnerable to sea level rise. The surge of coastal tourism and development projects in wetlands are threatening the very ecosystems that protect us from flooding. This is exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. This interactive documentary features futurist flood views and 43 short films of individuals in urban cities and remote islands taking action. The Shore Line is a storybook for a sustainable future.

View online at: http://theshorelineproject.org/

The World In Ten Blocks

Delve into the stories of immigrant small business owners in “The World in Ten Blocks”, an interactive documentary that allows users to explore one of Toronto’s most multicultural and vibrant neighbourhoods. Immersed in the sights and sounds of Bloorcourt, users travel the street and enter various businesses, from bakery to butcher, shoe cobbler to tattoo parlour, “meeting” the owners and gaining insight into their immigration experiences and entrepreneurial journeys through multimedia narratives. “The World in Ten Blocks” provides a glimpse into some of the hidden stories of sacrifice and hardship, triumph and joy behind the world’s most diverse city.

View online at: http://theworldintenblocks.com/

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