IDFAcademy 2013 Program


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, IDFAcademy Day 1 – Kick Off

14.00-15.00 | De Brakke Grond – Rode Zaal
Welcome & Introduction


15.00-17.00 | De Brakke Grond - Rode Zaal
Plenary session: The future of creative documentary - Hubert Sauper on his highly anticipated new film

IDFAcademy kicks off with an inspiring session by renowned independent filmmaker Hubert Sauper (Kinsangani Diary, Darwin’s Nightmare). In this session, he gives a preview with clips of his newest film We Come as Friends (release in 2014), as well as provide insight into how he managed to balance his creative aspirations and the demands of this challenging production. This session is also the first in the series of Industry Talks.
Moderator: Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies)

17.00-18.00 | De Brakke Grond - Rode Zaal
IDFAcademy Welcome drinks & Meet the Participants


18.00-19.30 | Brasserie Schiller
Guests Meet Guests (drinks)



FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, IDFAcademy Day 2

09.30-10.00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs
Coffee and croissants

10.00-12.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal
Plenary Session: Docs for Change

What are your means as a documentary filmmaker or producer to make people aware of sustainability and other social topics? This session is about creating awareness around the topic of your documentary by developing outreach campaigns and using alternative media. The session will be led by Emily Verellen (The Fledgling Fund) and features Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men, an activist duo known for their satirical interventions at business events, on the Internet,  television and in the streets, and Nicole van Schaik (BRITDOC and outreach director of The Good Pitch).

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal
Small Session: Crowdfunding and Hybrid Distribution – The Best Strategies

This presentation highlights the most effective crowdfunding techniques and the latest distribution tactics. It shows how they can be combined to maximize distribution. Every film needs a strategy customized to its content, core audiences and avenues of distribution. Peter Broderick (Paradigm Consulting) shows how to design a strategy that will enable you to raise funds, build an audience and work with distribution partners while maintaining overall control. The session is illustrated with clips from films from Europe, the UK, Canada and the United States.

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal
Small Session: Grassroots Campaigning

Session on the successful campaign around I am Breathing and the documentary’s topic ALS, in which 200 screenings in 35 countries were realized in collaboration with organizations and individuals worldwide. The session features Ben Kempas, campaign architect for the Scottish Documentary Institute.

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs 
Small Session: Sustainable Leadership

Session on how to manage your film company based on your own social engagement. For a successful change towards a more sustainable way of work you need well developed leadership capacities. Chai Locher (project leader Green Film Making Project), shares his knowledge that stems from his background in organization development consultancy and his experiences as documentary maker.

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Zuilenzaal
Small Session: Sustainable Film Production

Identifying priorities and challenges to decrease the ecological footprint of your film’s production process. Session led by Wiendelt Hooijer, film producer and project manager of the Green Film Making Project.

15.30-17.30 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal and Foyer Upstairs
Meet the Professionals

Round table sessions and one on one meetings with renowned professionals.

18.00-19.30 | Brasserie Schiller
Guests Meet Guests (drinks)

20.00 | Tuschinski 2
Screening Return to Homs (Talal Derki, Syria/Germany, 2013, 87 min.)



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, IDFAcademy Day 3

09.30-10.00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs
Coffee and croissants

10.00-12.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal
Plenary Session: Producing Harsh Reality

Producers Orwa Nyrabia (Proaction Film) and Hans Robert Eisenhauer (Ventana Film) talk about producing independent documentaries in difficult situations. They specifically focus on Return to Homs (opening film of IDFA 2013), in which director Talal Derki captures the spirit of the uprising against the Syrian regime. How does one manage expectations from broadcasters on a topic that is so newsworthy and still make independent cinema?
Moderator: Ove Rishøj Jensen (EDN)

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal
Small Session: Pitch & Trailer Workshop

The Pitch & Trailer Workshop, one of last year’s biggest hits at IDFAcademy, is introduced by Mikael Opstrup (EDN). Jesper Osmund (editor) then elaborates on the makings of a successful pitch trailer by showing examples and giving explicit advice. After this introduction, three participants get the opportunity to pitch their projects. They receive feedback from a panel of professionals (including Kate Townsend of BBC Storyville and Daniel Cross of EyeSteelFilm), and the audience can then voice its thoughts, suggestions and questions.

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater –Kleine Zaal
Small Session: Cross Media, Present Platforms

In this session, Ingrid Kopp (Director Digital Initiatives, Tribeca Film Insitute) starts off with a presentation of the latest trends and developments in digital media and introduces renowned expert Loc Dao (Executive Producer, Creative Technologist at National Film Board of Canada), who presents a case study of the award-winning interactive documentary Bear71 and The Last Hunt. They both answer questions about different platforms for digital storytelling.

15.30-17.30 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal and Foyer Upstairs
Meet the Professionals

Round table sessions and one on one meetings with renowned professionals.

18.00-19.30 | Brasserie Schiller
Guests meet Guests (drinks)


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, IDFAcademy Day 4

09.30-10.00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs
Coffee and croissants

10.00-12.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal
Plenary Session: Festival Strategies

Sales and distribution expert Peter Jäger (Autlook Filmsales) talks with Tinatin Gurchiani about her film The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear (IDFA 2012), which after several rejections from distributors won the Sundance Directing Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and had a great festival run. He also invites participants onstage to make recommendations and offer insider information on developing a festival strategy, and on using that strategy to launch the commercial life of a film.
The session includes Heino Deckert (Deckert Distribution GmbH) and is organized in collaboration with DOK.Incubator.

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal
Small Session: Marketing Matters

Thousands of films come out every year. Enable audiences, sales people, broadcasters and festivals to find you! Freddy Neumann, PR and marketing expert in charge of most well known Danish documentaries, explains how modern PR and marketing tools work in documentary cinema and shows how you can apply them to your production. The session includes Sigrid Dyekjær (Danish Documentary Production) and is moderated by Andrea Prenghyová (DOK.Incubator).
This Session is organized in collaboration with DOK.Incubator.

12.30-15.00 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal
Small Session: Rights for Sale

Distribution rights are all linked to each other. How can you make sure you do not miss an opportunity to sell any of these rights? And most importantly, how do you avoid mistakes in selling and handling the complete rights of your film? This session is led by by Peter Jäger (Autlook Filmsales).

15.30-17.00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal and Foyer Upstairs
Meet the Professionals

Round table sessions and one on one meetings with renowned professionals.

17.00-18.00 | Compagnietheater – Café
IDFAcademy closing drinks and WorldView Award Ceremony

18.00-19.30 | De Kroon
Guests Meet Guests (drinks)

IDFAcademy 2013 is supported by

Accreditation for IDFA 2014 is now open! Join us to celebrate the documentary genre at the 27th edition of IDFA! The deadline for accreditation is October 10.
IDFA Bertha Fund selects 19 new projects July 8, 2014 | The IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded the May selection round of 2014. Nineteen documentary projects from countries like Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan and South-Sudan will be supported by the fund.
New collaboration with Docu Rough Cut Boutique July 8, 2014 | IDFA is proud to announce a new collaboration with the Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center's Docu Rough Cut Boutique, where every year five projects from the Balkan and Caucasus region receive tailor-made coaching with an eye to moving forward the projects in their final stage.
Summer School's Out July 6, 2014 | The seventh edition of the IDFAcademy Summer School has closed its doors. For six days, young and upcoming talents from 15 different countries worked tirelessly on their projects, supported by eight renowned tutors, among whom was editor Ollie Huddleston: “If you think too much about what other people think, you can get really lost.”
Digital and interactive storytelling at IDFA 2014 July 4, 2014 | Since 2008, IDFA explores the future of non-fiction storytelling with its DocLab program and the Forum for crossmedia projects. This year, in collaboration with De Brakke Grond, we will present the biggest interactive storytelling program yet. We look forward to consider your interactive, transmedia and virtual reality projects.

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