IDFA organizes congress on the Dutch documentary in an international context

To mark the impending 25th anniversary of IDFA, a congress – Dutch Docs Conquer the World! – will take place during the festival, on 22 November. One of the aims of this congress, which will last for one day and be held in the Compagnietheater, is to raise the profile of Dutch documentary and bring greater recognition outside of the Netherlands.

The conference will be presented by Jess Search of BritDoc and Dutch cabaret artist Jan Jaap van der Wal, and consist of five speeches, including by creative advertising maker Erik Kessels and director Tom Tykwer, followed by panel discussions. The conference will conclude with the award of the Kids & Docs Dutch Cultural Media Fund Award.

The day-long conference is made possible thanks to the Dutch Cultural Media Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, EYE International, VEVAM, HUMAN, AVRO and NCRV.

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Dutch Docs Conquer the World!: the program
The congress, which will focus on the Dutch documentary industry, is intended to raise the profile of the Dutch documentary and strengthen its position on the world stage. A range of topics will be addressed, including form and content and the promotion and marketing of the Dutch documentary. The day will consist of five keynote speeches followed by panel discussions, in which a large number of international and Dutch documentary and film professionals will take part. There will also be opportunities of the public to ask questions and join in the discussion.

Nick Fraser of BBC Storyville will, for example, introduce a discussion on ‘Why Documentaries Matter’ with a keynote speech, and creative advertising maker Erik Kessels will present a session on ‘Marketing and Branding’. A comparative study of the Dutch model with the successful Danish model will be led by Karolina Lidin of the Nordic Film and Television Fund. In his keynote speech, Congolese filmmaker and producer Djo Tunda Wa Munga will analyse the international perspective of Dutch documentary makers. German director Tom Tykwer’s speech will address how stories can be told better. Five different panels of experts, featuring Karen Cooper (Film Forum), Claire Aguilar (ITVS International) and filmmaker Renzo Martens, among others, will then discuss these five topics.

Presentation of the Kids & Docs Dutch Cultural Media Fund Award
The conference will conclude with the festive presentation of the Kids & Docs Dutch Cultural Media Fund Award 2012 for the best youth documentary of the past year. The winner, chosen by a children’s jury, will receive € 15,000 towards the development of a new youth documentary.

The congress will be presented by Jess Search of BritDoc and cabaret artist Jan Jaap van der Wal.

The Dutch Docs Conquer the World conference is made possible thanks to the Dutch Cultural Media Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, EYE International, VEVAM, HUMAN, AVRO and NCRV.
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