Call for Nominations: Storytelling for Social Impact Workshop

In September 2019, the American Film Showcase will host a professional exchange opportunity at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for international storytellers and content creators interested in using media for social impact. The two-week exchange is designed for small teams of creatives and social impact practitioners, (individuals working directly with the targeted communities), developing projects in film, TV, radio/podcasts, video games, and other storytelling platforms, with a social impact goal in mind. The primary focus of the workshop will not be on the craft of creating specific content, but on how to use story and character to develop and implement an effective audience engagement campaign.

The USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism are the leading research institutions working at the intersection of entertainment content and social impact strategy. USC faculty and visiting professors regularly train non-profits, governmental agencies, and independent storytellers on effective strategies for developing compelling storylines, often across platforms, for tangible social impact.  USC faculty will lead this workshop with visiting guest lecturers from across the entertainment industry. Participants should leave the workshop with a clear strategy for their project for meaningful engagement and participation with audience communities across multiple media platforms.


Program Dates

Arrive Los Angeles: September 28

Rest Day: September 29

Program Days:  September 30 – October 11

Depart Los Angeles:  October 12


Ideal Candidates

  1. A team of 2-3 individuals made up of 1-2 content creators and one social impact practitioner. Social impact practitioners may be educators, academics, psychologists, policy makers or other experts with extensive knowledge of the designated social issue.
  2. Content creators can be writers, directors or producers from fiction or documentary film, animation/graphic novels/comics, TV or digital content, radio/podcast or social media content.
  3. The team should have a specific project in development (it can be in the early research stages) and a clear impact goal.
  4. Ideal candidates (content creators) should be mid-career media professionals eager to learn new innovative strategies for impact.
  • Participants must be proficient in English.


Application Requirements

  1. Resume / CV for each individual
  2. One-page summary of the project in development, including social impact goals.
  3. Online link/s to previously produced work.
  4. One-page statement from the group, including their background and what they hope to gain from the exchange.


Please email your application materials to

The deadline to submit your application materials is Monday, June 23, 2019.