DirecTV and Tongal are officially on the hunt for the next great American (non-fiction) story via crowdsourcing.
Earlier today, DirecTV announced it is teaming with Tongal, the global community of 70,000 writers, directors and filmmakers, to create “The Next Great American Documentary,” an original film set to air exclusively on DirecTV’s Audience Network.
“I have been waiting to announce a project like this since Tongal launched,” said James De Julio, Co-Founder and President of Tongal.
The project, which will unfold over multiple phases of competition, begins today with a subject phase. This phase is open to anyone 13 years of age or over in the United States — and not just for filmmaking talent. Participants are being asked to submit subjects that they think would make a great documentary film here, and a select few will advance to the next round.
In subsequent rounds, winning subjects will be paired with winning directors who will compete to receive a production budget and support from DirecTV to realize the vision and bring one of the films to life. In total, there are $50,000 in prizes available to participants along with massive exposure opportunities for the winning filmmaker.
“We know that the next great American documentarian is out there waiting to be discovered and we are thrilled to be able to give them the opportunity to let their voice be heard,” said DirecTV Senior Vice President of Original Content and Programming, Chris Long. “This collaboration Tongal gives us the ability help develop a new talent, and in the process, challenge the conventional thinking of the entertainment industry.”
Check out more details here.