A week-long program for emerging film talent to elevate their script or rough cut
IDFAcademy Summer School offers first- or second-time directors the opportunity to work with highly esteemed filmmakers and film professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with emerging film talent.
This is a project-driven program in which participants work on their film project in the script or editing phase. Participants in Script Development work on the narrative in individual sessions. Tutors help Editing Consultancy participants perfect their rough cut in the editing suite.
The continuation of the pandemic has sadly prevented the possibility of organizing IDFAcademy Summer School in its traditional form this year: a one-week pressure cooker that welcomes filmmakers from all over the world to connect, collaborate, and develop here in Amsterdam. Yet the current situation also means that filmmakers need support more than ever.
For this reason, in place of an open Summer School call that invites submissions from a new cohort of talents, our program in 2021 will focus on our alumni who we can support more readily: filmmakers who have already found their way to us through IDFAcademy, the IDFA Bertha Fund, or the festival and who need further support in their creative development. We are currently working hard to launch a program that can support these filmmakers alongside additional talent development activities to support the wider documentary film community. More details to come soon.
We hope to welcome new talent again this year at IDFAcademy during IDFA or at the other training programs we organize in the future.
Focusing on creative documentary projects, the program supports approximately eight projects in the script development phase and eight projects in the rough-cut phase.
The program's Script Development section is intended to strengthen film projects by working intensively on a strong narrative in its early stages. Participants are encouraged to focus on their own film projects as well as each other's work.
Script Development focuses on:
The Editing Consultancy section requires shooting to be near completion, with a rough cut ready for the start of IDFAcademy Summer School. The participants will work intensively with an experienced editor, during which time they refine the rough cut, depending on the editing stage at the time of the workshop.
Editing Consultancy focuses on:
IDFAcademy Summer School is open to directors making their first or second feature documentary. Film school students are not eligible. Selected filmmakers also have the opportunity to bring a sparring partner: a creative producer or a co-script writer. In the case of participation in Editing Consultancy, the filmmaker must bring an editor. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of English and to be available for the full duration of IDFAcademy Summer School.
IDFAcademy aims at a broad division of creative projects. Some of the projects, either for Script Development or Editing Consultancy, will be chosen from projects that have already received a grant from the IDFA Bertha Fund, which supports filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.
Projects submitted to IDFAcademy Summer School cannot be withdrawn after selection. Selected projects pay a participation fee that must be wired to the indicated IDFA account. The participation fee is € 850 for one person and € 1.250 for two people. This fee does not cover travel and food expenses. For international participants accommodation is included. For projects supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Fund will pay the fee, hotel costs, and part of the travel costs.
The following information must be included in the entry form:
If you are submitting a project for Script Development:
If you are submitting a project for Editing Consultancy:
For submissions to both Script Development and Editing Consultancy, please take care to: