It’s nearly two months into the IDFA Project Space 2021 talent program, and the selected participants are still going strong. With the first phase of online one-on-one meetings with tutors behind them, talents can look forward to some larger group sessions with the likes of documentary icons Tala Hadid and Audrius Stonys, and of course, lots more creative development.
The past weeks have seen a strong initial round of one-on-one meetings between the sixteen selected project teams and tutors to discuss their projects in depth. To date, the 2021 program has welcomed an impressive slate of tutors including directors Audrius Stonys and Maite Alberdi; editors Gladys Joujou, Danielius Kokanauskis, Ollie Huddleston, Claudio Hughes, and Anne Fabini; director-producer Tone Grøttjord-Glenne; and producer Bianca Oana.
Notably, this year’s Project Space deviates from the inaugural edition in one key way: increased flexibility. With the tutoring phase spanning a period of several months this time, talents are free to meet more often if needed, and they have the option to mix and match their consultations with different tutors, going first to a director and then to an editor, for instance.
Parallel to these flexible one-on-ones, the first plenary sessions of the program kicked off last month with a workshop from Collective director Alexander Nanau and producer Bianca Oana on dealing with characters. Psychotherapist and documentary producer Rebecca Day also led a session on the use of self in the filmmaking process and the subsequent creative and emotional effects.
Looking ahead, the program is ramping up for more plenary sessions and, of course, another round of tutored consultations. Highlights in the coming weeks include a screening of Tala Hadid’s acclaimed 2017 film House in the Fields followed by a conversation with the director herself. Celebrated filmmaker Audrius Stonys will also share his knowledge with the larger group of selected participants in a special Filmmaker Talk moderated by critic Dana Linssen. Finally, the program presents its first in-person event in Tolhuistuin on June 30, an exclusive afternoon for the documentary producers of NAPA (Netherlands Audiovisual Producers Alliance) by invitation.
Featured still: House in the Fields by Tala Hadid.