Kids & Docs Workshop

    During this workshop, emerging filmmakers develop a plan for a youth documentary

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


    During the workshop, the participants develop their plan with the guidance of an experienced filmmaker. Last year the process was guided by award-winning filmmaker Ester Gould (A Love Affair with Ego, Strike a Pose and Schuldig).

    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. The starting point of all these documentaries is the way children experience the world. 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 screened at Cinekid and/or IDFA before being broadcast through the Dutch public broadcasters' children's channel Zapp.


    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 letter and examples of previous work. The selected filmmakers are then connected to the participating public broadcasters and producers.


    The next Kids & Docs Workshop will take place over several months in 2019. Dates to be confirmed.