Yaddo – the documentary streaming service that was recently launched by former BBC Storyville Editor Nick Fraser – is set to commission some 125 documentary films in the next 12 months, it has been announced.
Nick Fraser is seeking pitches from the general public, under the belief that while it is said that everyone has a book in them, the same also applies to documentaries. Expounding on that belief, Fraser explained: “some of my best documentaries have come about through chance conversations with real people while I’ve been out and about.”
To get the word out about the drive to source documentary ideas directly from the general public, Nick Fraser recently took to the streets of London with a picket board stating ‘We Can Make Your Documentary Idea A Reality’. Pitches can be made via Twitter or Email, with entrants who catch the attention of Fraser and his team being asked to produce a 5 minute ‘work in progress’ film, which will be published on Yaddo and used to attract investors to commission the full film.
“When I was at the BBC everyone knew how to get in touch with me to pitch ideas – my office door was always open. I’m now hitting the streets to hear ideas from real people, at Yaddo we believe the best stories are always true, so we look forward to hearing many more in the next week”, Fraser added. “Sending your idea this week could mean it’s commissioned, filmed and available to the world within a year. We can, and do, tell stories from anywhere in the world. An email, tweet or chat could be the start of something special.”