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365 documentaries in 365 days- Strangers' short & shorter stories from around the world- breaking down prejudices through storytelling.
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Thank you!

We are thrilled to announce we have reached our initial target of 17K! We want to thank every single person who pledged or shared the campaign with their friends and family as we simply would not have been able to continue sharing these human stories without each and every one of you.  

So with 7 days to go, what’s next?

Our Stretch Goal!

We have been keeping in touch with the amazing photographer from Humans Of Amsterdam, Debra, ever since we made a docobite about her and her own storytelling journey in September. We've been dreaming of the chance to collaborate, bringing photography, video and storytelling together in a joint project. 

This stretch goal is this opportunity for us to team up to share some incredible human stories. 

If we can reach this goal, starting in March next year, Humans Of Amsterdam will share 3 portraits a day and we will share 3 docobites, expanding on each human story captured. We will announce the location that we will be sharing these stories from in the coming weeks. This is a chance for the power and importance of storytelling to reach even more curious eyes and ears and we'd love for you to be a part of that.

Anything raised in addition to this 20k will be used to further expand this storytelling initiative.

Our Storytelling Story!

Now more than ever there's a strong need for storytelling. Storytelling provides an opportunity for prejudices, assumptions and judgments to fade because it is through storytelling that connections between people are made.

365 docobites (bite-sized documentaries) is an online documentary series that aims to help this breakdown of prejudices. We, the filmmaking team (Epiphany & Carl, "Hi!"), would like to work together with you to finish creating 365 documentaries in 365 days sharing Strangers' short and shorter stories.

It has been just the two of us on the road for the last 8 months and we've created 232 docobites (2-4 min short documentaries) so far, that's one every day! We have walked up to Strangers on the streets of the cites of the world - all through Australia, the USA, Canada, Iceland, the UK and vast areas of Europe - asking people we've never met, if they'd be willing to share something about themselves with the rest of the world. People of all different nationalities, ages, genders, sexualities, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and with varying perspectives. We, the 365 docobites team, believe everyone has a story worth listening to and for that reason we welcome absolutely anyone to participate. 

We edit the short documentaries, grade, sound mix them and then post them online to share each Strangers' story with the 365 docobites online community via our purpose-built website www.365docobites.com and multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

It's the next chapter of filming, the next 133 films, that your support is really going to make a difference with, as we simply can't make them without you. 

Quitting is not an option for us. So far we've faced travel cancellations, crashed internet, hail storms, broken and stolen equipment, illness and even no bed to sleep in and we've still managed to release a film every day we've been on the road, because we believe in the work we're doing. Each film we share is a film we are proud of and one that says something about the world we live in. But we now need your help to accomplish the goal of reaching a total of 6 continents to share 365 stories. 

We believe it is crucial to provide a well rounded and balanced perspective of people from all over the world. So over the next 4 months your support will allow us to share stories from South America, Africa, Asia and The Middle East, an additional 3 continents, in an even greater exploration of humanity today.

Each docobite is as unique as the Stranger it features allowing their identity to drive the story. Whether we’re with a Stranger for a moment or a day, 365 docobites captures the essence of that time in their life; humorous or horrific, dramatic or delightful. What do these people look like, what do they think about, what makes them laugh, cry, scream and shout, what is life like for the Strangers of the world? 

The Storytelling Movement

We hope each docobite helps to facilitate a breakdown of fears, prejudices, cultural and religious barriers to overcome the dangerous and often hateful ignorance that seems to pervade each corner of the populated world. A daily dose of humanity to remind people that all humans, at our core, are very much the same.

365 docobites is an ever-expanding archive, a global census, a daily snapshot of life in different countries for one entire year, a storytelling/story-sharing hub where human stories inspire goodness in humanity. 

It's all too easy to jump to assumptions about people. We started this project because we looked at how we judged people, that we didn't even know, and saw what that prejudice led to. 

We wanted to do something about this negativity, we wanted to be a part of spreading a positive message of compassion and understanding and we believe storytelling is the perfect way to do this. So far it has just been the two of us, meeting and interviewing people everyday on the streets of the cities we visit, but we'd now like to expand the storytelling team, to you!

Why support us?

If you think compassion is important, if you think everyone has a story and it deserves to be heard, if you'd like to be a part of spreading a positive message or if you'd simply like to continue to receive a daily does of inspiration, then we at 365 docobites would like to invite you to be a part of a global movement, for humanity.

In just 7 months of filming 365 docobites has already been FEATURED IN...

Rewards for you!

We've got loads of great rewards up for grabs if you can get behind this project and movement. You can check out all the rewards on the right hand side of this page but here's a few of our favourites we just had to mention:

Budget Breakdown

Based on our team's collective years of experience in film production, plus the knowledge gained from traveling and interviewing a stranger a day for the last 8 months, we have made an informed and comprehensive financial plan. This financial plan details exactly what it will take to produce the next 133 short documentaries of human stories from around the world. 

It is important to note that the filmmaking team has never received financial compensation for the full-time, 232 days of work that we've completed so far. This will continue to be the case as the funds raised in this campaign will only go toward the expenses of travel to reach all the different people whose stories still need to be shared.

- Travel to South America, Asia, Africa & The Middle East to conduct 133 more interviews.

- Some accommodation costs (as the team will aim to secure sponsorship for as much accommodation as possible).

- Additional equipment expenses to continue to be able to share stories of cinematic quality.

Any additional funds raised will go towards the growth of the 365 docobites online platform, to enable more people to share stories with each other.

There’s a lot that goes into making each short documentary, and we’re confident that with a considerable amount of hard work, dedication and your support, we can create an entertaining and enlightning documentary series that will inspire a more compassionate world.

What else can I do to help?

Share this campaign on social media with your family and friends to help spread the word about 365 docobites and the importance of storytelling. We truly appreciate any support you have to offer, as every dollar pledged helps to make this dream a reality.

Risks and challenges

We're 232 films in and we've faced every challange so far with perseverance, sheer determination and success because we believe in the power of storytelling. We've let nothing prevent us from sharing a Stranger's story each and every day we've been on the road. You can count on us to continue sharing human stories, from around the world, that are full of heart. We'll keep you updated and involved all along the way with weekly articles and daily 'behind the scenes' photos because your support is not only important to us, but also to the Strangers whose stories we have, and will share.

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    A warm fuzzy feeling, knowing you've been a part of the global storytelling movement + a shout out on the 365 docobites website's thank you page!

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    A 365 docobites sticker so you can remind people to continue to share stories + a handwritten personal message of thanks from the filmmaking team.

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    A postcard with your favourite quote from a docobite + personal message of thanks from us, the filmmaking team, sent to you from one of the locations that we're heading to next e.g South America, Africa, The Middle East or Asia.

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    Think of your own question and we'll ask a stranger in an upcoming film! (Fun ideas and guide for questions will be sent after pledge is made!)

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    Send us a photo of someone you know with their story attached and we will share it on our 365 docobites Facebook page (location worldwide) + 5 stories will be chosen by the 365 docobites community which we, the filmmaking team, will then turn into full docobites. (Location is specific to Sydney & guidelines about how best to share your story will be sent after pledge is made!)

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    BUNDLE 1 | This bundle includes all of the fun stuff above!

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    Ticket to Interactive Entrepreneurial Workshop with us, the 365 docobites team. Learn how we got our idea 'off the ground' and get one-on-one advice on how you can do the same. (location specific to Sydney)

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    Hard copy of the 'Behind The Bites' collection of writing with tips and tricks of travel, cultural insights and adventure inspirations written by us on the road + nominate any film and receive it on DVD.

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    Sponsor a docobite | Have your name included underneath a docobite film on the website, Vimeo, YouTube & Facebook e.g. Big thanks to "Your Name" for making this docobite possible!

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    A4 black and white art print of your favourite docobite with quoted story underneath.

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    Ticket to exclusive 'run & gun' one day interactive documentary filmmaking workshop with us, the 365 docobites filmmakers. (location specific to Sydney)

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    For the international folk, exclusive one on one hour long Skype session with the filmmaking team to chat about whatever you wish; filmmaking, travel, funding opportunities, social media, following your dreams...take your pick!

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    BUNDLE 2 | All of the above rewards + extra special thank you on the 365 docobites acknowledgements page + ticket to exclusive wrap party after the 365th film has been released! (To be held in Sydney, so unfortunately transport and accommodation is not included.)

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    Exclusive 'run & gun' one day interactive filmmaking workshop for your school/community. We, the 365 docobites filmmakers, will come to you to conduct a full day workshop with up to 20 of your participants (location specific to Sydney or chat to us to see if another location is possible).

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    ORGANISATION BUNDLE 1 | Certificate of support + 365 docobites filmmaking team will come to your organisation and create a docobite to share your story (location specific to Sydney or chat to us to see if another location is possible).

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    ORGANISATION BUNDLE 2 | Certificate of support + 365 docobites filmmaking team will film at your one day event. We will roam your event to share the human stories within it by making a number of docobites about your fascinating attendees (location specific to Sydney or chat to us to see if another location is possible).

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    365 docobites Series Major Backer | Have an official credit on the website as part of the team, as a major backer that made this storytelling initiative possible.

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