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    Orwa Nyrabia to moderate IFFR debate on supporting filmmakers at risk

    On January 26th in Rotterdam, we continue the work we began at our recent Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk. We invite all film professionals attending IFFR to join us for the event Call to Action: Support for Filmmakers at Risk, moderated by IDFA's artistic director Orwa Nyrabia.

    Meet IDFA staff at Berlinale's European Film Market

    On February 8th, IDFA heads to the European Film Market (EFM) at Berlinale! A mainstay of EFM, DocSalon will host our programming, industry, and education staff for round-tables and one-on-one meetings at the Meet the Festivals and High Tea with Experts sessions. Plus: join us for the special SalonTalk on Diverse Documentary Festival Programming moderated by Orwa Nyrabia. Read more about our busy schedule below, and be sure to register your attendance in advance via DocSalon.

    Get in the head of a comissioning editor with the IDFAcademy: Pitch & Trailer Workshop

    How do you turn basic information into a good story? How do you decide what's most crucial about your film, and develop it into a successful pitch?

    Listen: Code of Conduct - Towards an Ethical Way of Co-producing

    Recorded on November 17, this Industry Talk looked to the growing need for fair co-producing practices. How can we come to a just practice of co-producing that respects aesthetics, cultures, and economies across borders? Guests include Cecilia Lidin (Danish Film Institute), Diana El Jeiroudi (Dox Box), Estelle Robin-You (Les Films du Balibari), Gema Juárez Allen (Gema Films), and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (IDFA Bertha Fund). The Talk was moderation by Mikael Opstrup (EDN).

    Listen: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk

    With civil society shrinking in many parts of the world, documentary filmmakers are increasingly struggling to make their voices heard, leading to their arrest, imprisonment and sometimes even murder. On November 18, IDFA invited filmmakers and other stakeholders to share their experiences, and to try to outline a possible coordinated strategy for action, a strategy that effectively serves filmmakers at risk.Listen to our new IDFA podcast episode below, recorded during the Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk.

    Standing at the crossroads: assessing the documentary film market

    • Industry
    • November 18, 2018
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    Melanie Goodfellow talks to IDFA’s industry departments about the state of play in the documentary industry in these challenging but exciting times.

    Shamira Raphaëla wins the 2018 Karen de Bok Talent Award

    Filmmaker Shamira Raphaëla has won the 2018 Karen de Bok Talent Award with her film plan Downfall of a Superwoman. The prize was awarded for the second year to the winner of the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund workshop. A five-member jury assessed the film projects of the six documentary talents who participated in the workshop.

    IDFA launches collaboration with MIT Open Doc Lab

    Sunday, November 18 will see the start of a new collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Documentary Lab and IDFA. Together with partners and artists, both parties will conduct fundamental research for 5 years into immersive and interactive media - such as VR and artificial intelligence - using IDFA DocLab as a living laboratory. This collaboration is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science within the framework of its Topsector Creatieve Industrie and Topconsortium Kennis en Innovatie (TKI). William Uricchio of MIT, Jann de Waal of the Topsector Creatieve Industrie team, and Caspar Sonnen of IDFA DocLab will launch the R&D program on Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 am during the Immersive Network Summit in the Brakke Grond.

    New partnership with Lutfia Rabbani Foundation to bring Arab film talents to IDFAcademy

    IDFA and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation are proud to announce a new partnership that will enable a number of young Arab film talents from Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon to attend IDFAcademy during IDFA.

    IDFA Bertha Fund announces renewed partnership with the Bertha Foundation

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to announce that its partnership with the Bertha Foundation has been renewed for a period of three years, from 2019 through to 2021. The IDFA Bertha Fund and Bertha Foundation have collaborated on creating a more inclusive documentary industry since 2013. Together, these two organizations support the creation of documentary films and projects in regions where artistic freedom is at stake. To date, this partnership has resulted in numerous award-winning documentary films. The Bertha Foundation will be investing 1.2 million Euros into the fund over the next three years.

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