IDFAcademy 2014 Program

During the festival, IDFAcademy offers an intensive four-day training program for emerging filmmakers and producers from EU countries. In a range of plenary sessions, workshops and master classes, such subjects as how to build an effective trailer or festival strategies are discussed by renowned experts from the documentary field.

Thursday, November 20 - IDFAcademy Day 1

Welcome & Introduction: Meet the Participants
Official welcome & meet and greet with all IDFAcademy 2014 participants.
13:30-15:00 | De Brakke Grond – Rode Zaal

Plenary session: Starting off Like a Rocket with Phie Ambo & Teodora Ana Mihai
IDFAcademy kicks off with an inspiring conversation between renowned filmmaker Phie Ambo and rising talent Teodora Ana Mihai. Ambo's latest film Good Things Await and Mihai's Waiting for August are both screening at IDFA.
15:00-17:00 | De Brakke Grond – Rode Zaal

IDFAcademy welcome drinks
17:00-18:00 | De Brakke Grond - Rode Zaal


Guests Meet Guests (drinks)
18:00-19:30 | Café De Jaren

Friday, November 21 – IDFAcademy Day 2

Coffee and croissants
09:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs


Plenary Session: When the Going Gets Tough...
Producer Sigrid Dyekjaer (Danish Documentary) visits IDFA regularly with many documentary premieres, including this year’s Something Better to Come. For this film, director Hanna Polak spent 14 years following a teenager named Yula and her friends, who live on Europe’s biggest landfill. Dyekjaer and Polak talk about how you stay strong when you "live" your film over such a long period of time. How and where do you start choosing your team, including creative partners and financiers?
10:00-12:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal

Small Session: Whose Story Is it?
How do you define your strength as a filmmaker when external influences like money are playing a role? Ben Knight and Travis Rummel (DamNation) are onstage to talk about how they got their film financed in its entirety by the outdoor gear brand Patagonia. They are joined by filmmakers Femke and Ilse van Velzen, who fight injustice by using their documentaries as sustainable educational projects. They realize their films with alternative sources, such as financing from NGOs. How do brands and NGOs relate to the creative power of films? And how do you stay in control of your film when a broadcaster is the main financier?
Moderator Sigrid Dyekjaer
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal

Small Session: Sustainable Leadership
A session on how to manage your film company based on your own social engagement. For a successful change towards a more sustainable way of working, you need well-developed leadership capacities. Chai Locher (project leader of the Green Film Making Project) shares his knowledge that stems from his background in organization development consultancy and his experiences as a documentary filmmaker.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal

Meet the Professionals
Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:30 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal and Foyer Upstairs

Guests Meet Guests (drinks)
18:00-19:30 | Café De Jaren

Saturday, November 22 – IDFAcademy Day 3

Coffee and croissants
09:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs


Plenary Session: Outreach Campaigns: An Impact Field Guide
This has been the decade in which the power of documentary film to change the world has become impossible to ignore. Through the hard work of thousands of dedicated individuals, we’ve seen major artistic achievements in film combined with radical experimentation and innovation in distribution and impact strategy, creating serious societal change. Come and meet filmmakers, funders and campaigners who are trailblazing in this field. Moderators Beadie Finzi (BRITDOC) and Rebecca Lichtenfeld (Bertha Foundation) talk with Julia Bacha (Budrus and My Neighbourhood) and Joanna Natsagara (No Fire Zone and Virunga).
10:00-12:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal

Small Session: Pitch & Trailer Workshop
The Pitch & Trailer Workshop, one of last year’s IDFAcademy’s biggest hits, is introduced by Mikael Opstrup. Film editor Jesper Osmund then elaborates on the makings of a successful pitch trailer by showing examples and offering explicit advice. Three participants get the opportunity to pitch their project and receive feedback from a panel including Kate Townsend (BBC) and Daniel Cross (EyeSteelFilm). Ultimately, the audience can voice its thoughts, suggestions and questions.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal

Small Session: Introduction to Interactive and Immersive Film Production
Thomas Wallner, owner of DEEP Inc., walks us through the ins and out of Virtual Reality filmmaking, ouching on technology and work methods used in his project Polar Sea 360, presented in the IDFA DocLab Competition this year. He is joined by Janine Steele, who manages production at the National Film Board of Canada's Digital Studio. She gives us tips and tricks for the budgeting, workflow, platform and media challenges of interactive production, through lessons learned on projects like the webby award winning Bear 71, Circa 1948 and Seven Digital Deadly Sins – also in the IDFA DocLab Competition.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal

Meet the Professionals
Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:30 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal and Foyer Upstairs

Meet the Professionals Special: Nick Broomfield
Renowned director Nick Broomfield has been making award-winning films since the early 1970s, many involving controversial subjects that he approaches in an investigative way. This style has become his trademark. This year, he is at IDFA with his latest film Tales of the Grim Sleeper, in which he digs into the case of the notorious serial killer who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of 25 years. In this Meet the Professional Special, Broomfield discusses the way his shooting style has developed over the years and speaks with participants.
15:30-17:30 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal 

Guests Meet Guests (drinks)
18:00-19:30 | Café De Jaren

Sunday, November 23 – IDFAcademy Day 4

Coffee and croissants
09:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater – Foyer Upstairs

Plenary Session: Go Digital
Jeremy Boxer (Vimeo) and Peter Jäger (Autlook Filmsales) give an overview of up-and-coming digital platforms, how they relate to cinema and TV, and the different strategies you can implement as a filmmaker or producer to reap the benefits of them.
Moderator Andrea Prenghyova (DOK.Incubator)
10:00-12:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal

Small Session: Rights & Revenues
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 to your film? Sales and distribution expert Peter Jäger (Autlook Filmsales) talks about this and offers insider information on developing a festival strategy, which one can use to launch the commercial life of a film.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal

Small Session: Vimeo Workshop: The Filmmaker's Guide to the Distribution Galaxy
To stay relevant, producers can no longer just deliver a finished program to a broadcaster or stock DVDs on the shelves of a supermarket. This session will discuss the rise of the entrepreneur filmmaker, how to leverage tools for direct distribution (like Vimeo On Demand), how to engage fans through social media and how to measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. A hands-on workshop using worksheets and other tools to help build strategies for film distribution, with Jeremy Boxer (Vimeo).
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal

Meet the Professionals
Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:00 | Compagnietheater – Grote Zaal and Foyer Upstairs

Meet the Professionals Special: Leonard Retel Helmrich
In this hands-on workshop by Leonard Retel Helmrich (The Eye of the Day, Shape of the Moon) we explore the vocabulary of the moving camera by creating smooth and flexible camera movements intuitively with Canon camera’s on the special designed Comodo Orbit camera rig. We discover how to use camera movements as a narrative tool and what can be the dramatic impact of the long, single take. Hosted by Canon.
15:30-17:00 | Compagnietheater – Kleine Zaal

IDFAcademy closing drinks
Hosted by Canon.
17:00-18:00 | Compagnietheater – Café

Guests Meet Guests (drinks)
18:00-19:30 | Café De Jaren

IDFAcademy 2014 is supported by

Watch the IDFA trailer October 29, 2014 | IDFA has unveiled its 2014 poster campaign and trailer, which both highlight the diversity of scope and nationality of the festival program.
IDFA Bertha Fund Harvest 2014 October 28, 2014 | IDFA has selected a total of 10 documentaries made with financial assistance from the IDFA Bertha Fund this year. Each year, the IBF provides support in two selection rounds to documentary projects from developing countries.
IDFA Forum Selection 2014 October 14, 2014 | The complete list of projects selected for IDFA Forum 2014 has been announced.
Wanted: Youth Jury! September 30, 2014 | Every year, a selection of films from the IDFA program compete for the IDFA DOC U Award, given out by a youth jury. Do you want to have a say about the winner, and are you between 15 and 18 years old? Then apply now!
IDFA Bertha Fund introduces European program September 1, 2014 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is launching a new program: IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe. The new program will support the production and distribution of documentaries realized through co-productions between European producers and producers from developing countries.

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