Dates & Procedures
Please submit your proposal by 15 June.
Our team will evaluate the proposals by 30 June and get back to you on a rolling basis and in early July at the latest. After receiving a positive response, you can go ahead and produce your program contribution until 15 August.
Please note: All Open Call contributions need to be pre-produced autonomously (i.e. without infrastructural support from us) and submitted as a video file (.mp4). Exceptions are session proposals intended for the daily barcamp slot at 5pm CEST. During that time slot you can offer live and interactive workshops, panels, etc to the festival audience. Those, however, you will host by yourself, i.e. using a common video conferencing or virtual webinar tool. We will advertise the barcamp session as part of the festival programme and provide registered participants with your pitch and link.
Programme contributions 2021
Programme contributions can take various formats and will last between 2 and 50 minutes. Due to the virtual festival structure the 50 minutes time slots are very limited and we very much encourage the submission of proposals for shorter sessions. We have defined a number of formats that you ideally fit your session idea into. Besides, we review all proposals based on a handful of quality criteria and if they fit into one of the festival tracks 2021.
Tracks & Topics of the CBF 2021
We do not want to constrain the festival to a limited set of topics and give it some structure at the same time. This is why we decided to organise the festival week based on four major drivers of innovation and system’s change.
Thinking afresh & taking new perspectives
What examples of innovation have been driven by a new, radically different way of looking at a challenge? How can the reframing of a question or issue help to expand the realms of possibility?
Working differently & experimenting with new methods
What are concepts, methods and working methods that have opened doors and solved issues in new and creative ways? Which should be considered more broadly as drivers of change and innovation (Open Source, Transdisciplinarity, Participation, …)?
Opportunity of Crisis
What innovation and long-term & lasting changes have been triggered by crisis, including but not limited to the Covid 19 pandemic? What does it take to properly leverage a crisis as an opportunity for modernisation – and what makes systems resist change even in face of incredible pressure?
Mood for change
What are the positive changes that happen when the ‘mood’, the dominating point of view and values system within a society or organisation are challenged and transformed? What are examples of projects and concepts that would have been impossible to achieve such wide support and legitimacy if not for a fundamental change in culture and norms? (e.g. relating to climate protection)
You session proposal needs to be aligned with either of the following formats:
A short talk (max. 10 minutes) of one or two people to concisely present innovative ideas, projects or people. You will be in charge of hosting and producing the lightning talk in a video conferencing or studio setting.
Do you know of a person or project that has impressed you and that needs recognition? Do you think your project should be presented in an interview? Do you know of someone that should be interviewed? You will be in charge of the production of the interview using the platform/technology of your choice. It should be no longer than 25 min.
Would you like to present an innovative project, an Unsung Hero or a new concept that other public innovators should know of? Then you should think about producing a short video clip that can be presented at the festival. The clip should be at least 2 min but no longer than 5 min.
Video / Documentary / Short Film
You have something different in mind, maybe you are a film producer or you know of someone that is working on a project that relates to the festival’s theme? Well, we are curious to include your productions either into the stage programme or present it to the festival audience off stage on the festival platform. The length can vary but must not exceed 50 minutes.
We invite you to submit a (written) case study of 500-1.500 words that will be presented on our website and will be added to our long-term content library. Samples and questions to address can be found here (link to website case studies). If you don’t want to present your case in written format, think about submitting it as a video clip instead!
From Tuesday to Thursday there will be a daily barcamp slot at 5pm to offer live workshops and other types of sessions to the entire festival audience. You will get the chance to pitch your barcamp session (for example a workshop or a panel) to participants through social media and on our website. Barcamp slots are 50 minutes long and what you will do with the time is completely up to you: You can offer an interactive workshop, organise a discussion panel, present a new theory. A barcamp session must be self hosted by the organiser using for example a regular video conferencing platform such as Webex or Zoom. We will post the link on the festival website.
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