International co-producing takes center stage at IDFA’s Producers Network

    On Saturday November 17th, IDFA’s Producers Network returns in full force, with producers from around the world convening for an intensive program of round table discussions and networking. This year, the spotlight is on international co-production, and all the possibilities for producers looking to collaborate with another country.

    Taking place from morning to early afternoon, the Producers Network is comprised of several 40-minute rounds. In every round, the host of the table dives into the various co-production and financing possibilities available in his or her country, including treaties, funds, and tips and tricks. Next, all the producers sitting at the table are introduced. By giving a sense of who’s who at the table, what their co-production experience is, and why they’re interested in collaborating with a particular country, this section is key for identifying possible co-production partners. After a thorough round table session, the Producers Network wraps with a networking lunch sponsored by FeverFilm—an ideal opportunity to chat with potential co-producers, and start aligning your goals.

    Code of conduct: Towards an ethical way of co-producing

    After the networking lunch, all producers are invited to a special Industry Talk on the ethics of co-production. Following the valuable work done at the Arab-European Documentary Convention in Leipzig this year, ‘Code of conduct: Towards an ethical way of co-producing' looks to the growing need for fair co-producing practices. Co-productions between countries with higher and lower production capacities often grapple with unequal power dynamics in financing, technical advancement, infrastructure, and networks. How can we come to a just practice of co-producing that respects aesthetics, cultures, and economies across borders?

    On Friday, November 16th, the discussion begins with a special Think Tank (invitation only) that gathers filmmakers, producers, and financiers from all four corners of the world. On Saturday, November 17th from 15.00-16.30, a public Industry Talk continues the conversation, presenting the results of the think tank right after the Producers Network.

    Apply for accreditation by October 10 to be considered for the Producers Network.

    The Producers Network lunch is sponsored by FeverFilm.

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