Kids & Docs Workshop

    During this workshop, emerging filmmakers develop a plan for a 15-minute youth documentary.

    During the annual Kids & Docs Workshop, organised in cooperation with the Cinekid festival since 1999 and supported by NPO-fonds since 2017, participants develop a film plan for a 15-minute children’s documentary. Each of the filmmakers receives support from a participating Dutch broadcaster.


    During the workshop the participants develop their plan guided by an experienced filmmaker. During the 2017 edition, director Astrid Bussink was the tutor. She won the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance in 2005 for her debut The Angelmakers, and specializes in youth documentaries with such films as The Hideout en Giovanni and the Water Ballet.

    Aside from this tutor, guest lecturers elucidate various aspects of development and production. The workshop focuses on the participants' artistic development, challenges them to create projects that take the genre of youth docs to new places, and invites them to work together as colleagues. Every director is linked to a Dutch public broadcaster from the outset. If they get the chance to go into production, the resulting films are finished later in the year and screened at both Cinekid and IDFA before being broadcast through the Dutch public broadcasters' children's channel Zapp.

    Four films developed during the 2017 edition of the workshop were screened at IDFA: Kendis, Lenno & the Angelfish, My Happy Complicated Family and Outside In.


    The workshop is open to talented directors who have already made at least one documentary or fiction film for a young audience, which has been screened on TV or at film festivals. Filmmakers apply with an extensive plan for their youth documentary, as well as a motivation and examples of previous work. The selected filmmakers are connected to the participating public broadcasters and producers. 

    The participants for the 2017 edition were Martijn Blekendaal, Els van Driel, Bibi Fadlalla, Tessa Pope, Olivier Garcia and Shamira Raphaela.