Keep doing what we could not finish

Great to see Love Letters to the Future nominated for this year’s SXSW Interactive Awards:
One of the notes sealed inside the time capsule is:

“Please, you have to keep doing what we could not finish” by Manuela, Argentina

http://www.loveletterstothefuture.com/

Another notable nomination is:

http://sketch.odopod.com

This is an addictive and therapeutic web sketcher with a lovely feel and texture to the brushes and pens. And I guess you can use the images you create to illustrate a  digital story.

India-UK grants

Here’s some news of funding that may benefit digital storytellers in the UK. A pilot grant scheme for Connections though Culture: India – UK is now open and  arts producers or representatives from an arts organisations in the UK are eligible to apply.

Connections through Culture is the British Council’s new programme for collaborative exchanges between the UK and India in the arts, aimed at generating long-term partnerships between arts organisations and producers in the UK and their counterparts in India. The funding may be for bespoke visits, development support and showcasing collaborative work.

Information about the scheme and how to apply is here in English and in Welsh.

There’s a link on the page to the new Connections through Culture website with a how-to guide to working in India.  Although the web page says the closing date is Monday 11 January, the email I just received from British Council’s Louise Wright says the deadline’s extended until 8 March 2010.

Cyfle recruiting multiplatform creative trainees

Two of the people I worked with while digital storytelling with the Capture Wales team had joined the BBC via Cyfle training courses. Cyfle is now looking for eight people to take part in their Multiplatform Production Scheme for TV Creatives course in Cardiff, Wales, leading to a Post Graduate Certificate – Professional Practice in the Creative Industries. This isn’t a free course; it costs £1,000. It’s a four-month course with industry placement guaranteed. As Cyfle say in their email:

“This is an intensive, hands-on, immersion into the Multiplatform World. In the intensely competitive world of The Media, this course will give you the skills to put you at the head of the pack!”

The cost of the course will cost £1000
Closing date for applications: 24 February 2010
Interviews will be held during the week of 8 March 2010
Scheme start date: 12 April 2010

Details: http://www.cyfle.co.uk/news/1722

(via direct email from Cyfle)