Brief: Short-form documentaries are on the rise and we wanted to stoke the fires of this genre. Postcards is our own pioneering independent film platform, launched in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest. The series was created to give opportunities to emerging and established filmmakers to push the boundaries of the genre.
Response: The Just So Film Fund was set up to champion the boldest, most innovative voices working in documentary today. We invited submissions from across the world with a view to awarding a series of grants. The Postcards website will provide a home to these boundary-breaking works alongside several self-funded short documentaries by Just So Directors, such as Soft Serve, Five Stone of Lead and Rocket Wars, in a showcase of creative freedom, experimentation and our ability to unearth the best true-life stories from around the world.
Outcome: A truly global series, with stories spanning Japan to Russia to Ireland to the USA. The first round of the submission process received over 400 entries. The first slate of 4 commissions were recently announced. “The slate of films selected promise to be fresh and exciting, reflecting innovative modes of production as well as showcasing diverse filmmakers” - Claire Aguilar, Sheffield Doc/Fest. Films on the Postcards website have received numerous accolades, and been featured at film festivals, art exhibitions, Nowness, Short of the Week, i-D and Vimeo Staff Picks.