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Request For Applications
Pioneer PBS Digital Studios
Application submission: yourtv@pioneer.org
Questions: aanderson@pioneer.org

Disclaimer: This project is meant to uplift young Native American filmmakers. If the applicant doesn’t meet all requirements, but is passionate about contributing to a positive shift in how Native Americans and indigenous communities are portrayed in the media, please still apply. We have staff and advisors dedicated to providing assistance, resources and equipment. If you have any questions about project requirements or the project in general, please contact us.


Project deliverables

  • Produce a series, containing up to six, seven-minute episodes relating to the following project goals:
    • Uplifting contemporary Native American values of family, connection to the land and respect for culture and tradition.
    • Portraying how contemporary Native American culture and contributions are vital parts of modern life.
    • Demonstrating Native American people’s involvement in every aspect of modern life to assist the larger society in moving past systematic erasure and stereotypes.
  • Three community events where the filmmaker, advisory panel and Pioneer PBS staff can talk about the experience, best practices and lessons learned.


Applicant information

Pioneer PBS is looking to partner with a Native filmmaker, under 30-years-old from rural Minnesota who wants to share their original, non-fiction story that contributes to our project goals to positively shift how Native Americans and indigenous communities are portrayed in the media. This is a temporary, funded position.

Requirements:

  • Have an original idea — that fits within the projects stated goals — that’s best told online. (The series will be featured on Pioneer PBS’s digital/social platforms and Pioneer PBS staff with help the filmmaker to promote the episodes.)
  • Must be able to travel to on-location interviews and acquire appropriate broll (carpooling can be arranged if/when possible).
  • Listen to and apply feedback and critiques of videos from the project’s five-person advisory panel and Pioneer PBS staff.
  • Want to learn from staff at Pioneer PBS — research, production, editing and promotion assistance will be provided by Pioneer PBS staff and members of the project’s five-person advisory panel.
  • Travel to Granite Falls must be arranged by the filmmaker if use of Pioneer PBS’s editing suites and software is required.
  • Attend and talk about your project and experience at three screening events (The filmmaker will be supported by members of the project’s five-person advisory panel in addition to Pioneer PBS staff.)
  • Allow the videos to be used and achieved at the Pezihutazizi Oyate (Upper Sioux Community), Cansa’yapi (Lower Sioux Community) Tribal Preservation Offices and be open to other archival opportunities.

Preferred, but not required:

  • Filmmaker can supply their own camera—a cell phone can work.
  • If you can’t supply your own camera, please still apply. Pioneer PBS can help with equipment.
  • Basic understanding of social media.
  • Basic understanding of an editing software (Adobe Premiere software, Enlight Videoleap, etc. are examples).

Included in your application should be:

  • Project pitch
    • What non-fictional story would you like to tell that contributes to a positive shift in how Native Americans and indigenous communities are portrayed in the media?
  • Instead of a resume and cover letter, please answer the following:
    • How will your project contribute to a positive shift in how Native Americans and indigenous communities are portrayed in the media?
    • What do you hope to gain from this project?
    • What are your favorite social media outlets and profiles?
    • Look through the collection of PBS Digital Studios shows. What’s your favorite series? Why?
    • Share a video that you took. What do you like about it? What would you do differently?


Applications can be:

Emailed:
yourtv@pioneer.org (subject line: “My awesome digital series pitch!”)

Mailed/dropped off:
1 Pioneer Drive, Granite Falls, MN 56241 (ATTN: Pioneer PBS digital project application)