In partnership with the Watershed in Bristol, the Virtual Realities - Immersive Documentary Encounters project is excited to invite bold and distinctive proposals to create nonfiction experiences in virtual reality (VR).

The project leaders are looking to commission three original works, each receiving a £50,000 production budget and support from the commissioning and research teams.

Funded by the UK EPSRC, Virtual Realities - Immersive Documentary Encounters is a collaborative research project between the University of Bath, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England that seeks to examine the production and user experience of non-fiction virtual reality content.

Ideas that engage deeply and creatively with the potential of VR for documentary or journalism are encouraged. Proposals might ask questions of the relationship between participant and subject, reflect on the ethics of immersion, or give voice to underrepresented communities or individuals. This opportunity allows for ideas that push boundaries and challenge the orthodoxies that are emerging in immersive nonfiction.

The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 28 September 2018.