IDFAcademy in Amsterdam

    Information for IDFAcademy participants in Amsterdam

    For participants in Amsterdam, IDFAcademy organises a slew of talks, sessions, round tables on topics ranging from the opening talk with Four Journeys director Louis Hothothot, the visual language of storytelling with Aliona van de Horst and Salomé Jashi, long-term collaboration on a project with After a Revolution filmmakers Giovanni Buccomino and Naziha Arebi, creative approach with Karim Aïnouz, as well as on financing and funding, sales strategies and publicity.

    IDFAcademy Program

    Thursday, November 18

    IDFAcademy: Four Journeys + Filmmaker Talk Louis Hothothot

    IDFAcademy kicks off with the emerging director Louis Hothothot of this year's opening film Four Journeys. After the screening of the film, IDFA's Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia talks with Louis Hothothot about the challenges of creating a film that is deeply personal, yet very political at the same time. They will examine the filmmaker’s creative process, managing the relationship with his characters, being himself and his family, and the young filmmaker’s own understanding of cinema.

    IDFAcademy: Participants meet-up

    During the IDFAcademy kickoff, dedicated IDFAcademy tutors Cecilie Bolvinkel, Gitte Hansen, Christian Popp, and Bob Moore help you present yourself perfectly. You will also get the chance to meet the other 65 participants—the first steps in networking!

    Friday, November 19

    IDFAcademy Talk: Aliona van de Horst and Salomé Jashi—the visual language of storytelling

    In film the images are both supporting as well as crafting the storytelling. What can a frame add to a narrative? Two acclaimed directors, Aliona van der Horst (Turn Your Body to the Sun, International Competition) and Salomé Jashi (Taming the Garden, Best of Fests), talk about how in their work cinematography is at the core of the narrative.

    Even though the films they are presenting this year at IDFA are very different, both share an approach where the poetic interpretation of the images is accompanied by a critical social undertone. Through their stylistic and visual choices, they share their vision with the viewer. In what way have they been able to translate their thoughts from earlier in the creative process to the development and making of the film?

    IDFAcademy Talk: The collaboration from start to finish

    By going into the development and production process of After a Revolution (International Competition) filmmakers Giovanni Buccomino and Naziha Arebi discuss their collaboration on a film that has taken several years to make. Starting from scratch as a small team in 2012, making it to the world premiere now: How and where did they form their team along the way, including creative partners and financiers? How did they experience this unconventional journey, with little financing, a harsh situation on the ground in Libya and the concerns with regards to the characters? How does a filmmaker/producer accompany a director in their creative process that is part of this journey? And how, as a director, do you stay true to the story you want to make when different forces are at play?

    IDFAcademy Meetings: Round tables on international co-producing

    Entering a co-production is an important decision that opens doors to funding and new partnerships. Yet it also raises many questions with regards to contracts, budgets, and creative control. In this session established producers Estelle Robin You (Les Films du Balibari), Hanne Phlypo (Clin d'Oeil Films), Christian Popp (YuZu Productions) and Bob Moore (EyeSteelFilm) discuss case studies of often complex co-productions and explain the advantages and disadvantages of international co-production. Chris Popp and Bob Moore are also involved as IDFAcademy group tutors. Prepare your questions for this interactive set-up!

    Saturday, November 20

    IDFAcademy Pitch and trailer workshop

    Mikael Opstrup will elaborate on making a successful pitch trailer by showing examples and offering concrete advice. Four participants will get the opportunity to pitch their project and receive feedback from a panel of experts.

    IDFAcademy Talk: Karim Aïnouz

    Award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter and visual artist Karim Aïnouz (Madam Satan, Future Beach, Central Airport THF, Invisible Life and Nardjes A.) discusses his creative approach for his latest film Mariner of the Mountains (pictured on top), selected for IDFA's Masters section. His highly cinematic documentary work shows personal stories and the thematic of belonging within a framework of physical space, textures, experimentation and sound.

    IDFAcademy Meetings: Round tables on finance and funding

    Round table meetings with professionals working in finance and funding. Lucila Moctezuma (Chicken & Egg) Rasmus Steen (IMS Documentary Film), Lise Roure (Brouillon d’un rêve/ LaScam) will be giving more information on what kind of projects they are looking for and how they work with supported filmmakers as well as go into the do's and don'ts on writing funding applications. Brigid O'Shea, Marion Schmidt (Documentary Association of Europe), and Tracy Golder will elaborate on how to develop a financial strategy, approach funders, and prepare a good fund application.

    IDFAcademy Meetings: Round tables

    Round table meetings with renowned professionals of the industry.

    IDFAcademy Meetings

    A variety of meetings will take place in the Zuilenzaal in the Compagnietheater. This is a space open for you to request and hold diverse types of smaller meetings. Check which professionals are available at the IDFAcademy Information Desk on the respective day or arrange your own meetings. It is a flexible space for you to use!

    Sunday, November 21

    IDFAcademy Talk: Niels Pagh Andersen

    Very few editors have done to contemporary documentary film what Niels Pagh Andersen has. Through the many films he edited, but also through generous work as consultant and as tutor, he is a leading figure in shaping documentary as we know it today. His works on iconic films — such as The 3 Rooms of Melancholia, The Act of Killing, and The Look of Silence — inspired a whole generation of directors and editors, and provided a new reference to many.

    To mark the launch of Niels Pagh Andersen’s new book Order in Chaos, IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia will engage in a conversation with the renowned editor, presenting the book in which he distills a clear vision from his extensive experience to share with us all. They will be discussing the process of the editor, Andersen’s method, his experience working with different filmmakers on diverse films, contemporary questions of pluralism and inclusivity in dramaturgy, and the act of writing itself.

    IDFAcademy Session: Sales strategies, the inside information

    Liselot Verbrugge (Deckert Distribution) and Anaïs Clanet (Reservoir Docs) will provide insight into their sales and distribution expertise. Discover their approach and secrets for getting a film out into the world. What is the best strategy for the different windows, and how do you decide which steps best suit which film? How does the current situation worldwide influence these windows and strategy? Learn at what stage of the process a sales agent or distributor joins the team and what you can expect in a collaboration.

    IDFAcademy Session: How to make your film seen

    With more than 20 years of experience—working with filmmakers such as Laura Poitras, Victor Kossakovsky, and Gianfranco Rosi—publicist Claudia Tomassini knows how to make your film seen. At IDFA, she represents the multiple award-winning and festival hit Flee, among other titles. In this interactive session, she will discuss different ways to find your audience and promote your film, and how to find the unique selling point of your film and make a successful campaign. Bring your questions and examples to this session!

    IDFAcademy Meetings: Round tables

    Round table meetings with renowned professionals of the industry.

    IDFAcademy Meetings

    A variety of meetings will take place in the Zuilenzaal in the Compagnietheater. This is a space open for you to request and hold diverse types of smaller meetings. You can check which professionals are available at the IDFAcademy Information Desk on the respective day or can also arrange your own meetings. It is a flexible space for you to use!

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