IDFAcademy program during IDFA 2019

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    During the festival, IDFAcademy offers an intensive four-day training program for emerging documentary filmmakers and producers from all over the world. In addition to a comprehensive introduction to the festival, IDFAcademy participants also learn first-hand about the professional market and key industry players. Take a look at what's on offer to the 100 IDFAcademy participants during IDFA 2019. Read more.

    IDFAcademy is supported by Dioraphte, VEVAM, Creative Europe Media and Videoland.

    Program Itinerary

    IDFAcademy Opening Session: Mohsen Makhmalbaf

      • event Created with Sketch. Thursday 21 November
      • Brakke Grond Grote Zaal

      IDFAcademy kicks off with self-taught master Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

      IDFAcademy: Meet the Participants

        • event Created with Sketch. Thursday 21 November
        • Brakke Grond Tuinzaal

        Learn how to perfectly present yourself and your project, and meet the other 99 participants.

        IDFAcademy Drinks

          • event Created with Sketch. Thursday 21 November
          • Het Groene Paleis Café

          The first day is a wrap. A welcome drink for all IDFAcademy participants.

          IDFAcademy Session: the Villain- how to work with one?

            • event Created with Sketch. Friday 22 November
            • Brakke Grond Grote Zaal

            Two filmmakers from this year's IDFA Focus program The Villain, share their experiences of working with complex protagonists.

            IDFAcademy Session: the Effect of Challenging Relationships in Film

              • event Created with Sketch. Friday 22 November
              • Het Groene Paleis Courantzaal

              Producer and psychotherapist Rebecca Day discusses how filmmaking can impact our well-being and what potential coping strategies could look like.

              IDFAcademy Session: Creative Producing

                • event Created with Sketch. Friday 22 November
                • Brakke Grond Rode Zaal

                How can a producer protect their creative process in the long run?

                Filmmaker Talk: Patricio Guzmán

                  • event Created with Sketch. Friday 22 November
                  • Tuschinski 1

                  Extensive conversation with IDFA’s guest of honor for the 2019 edition, Patricio Guzmán, based on excerpts of his work and his Top 10 favorite films. Visit this Talk with one of the most influential South American filmmakers. Tickets available from €8.50.

                  IDFAcademy: Meet The Professionals Special: Digital Storytelling

                    • event Created with Sketch. Friday 22 November
                    • Zuiderkerk Zaal

                    Gregory Trowbridge (Upian) presents successful web documentaries and advises participants on how to create stories for digital platforms.

                    IDFAcademy: Meet the Professionals

                      • event Created with Sketch. Multiple dates
                      • Zuiderkerk Mezzanine

                      Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.

                      IDFAcademy: Pitch & Trailer Workshop

                        • event Created with Sketch. Saturday 23 November
                        • Brakke Grond Grote Zaal

                        A panel of experts gives feedback on the pitches and pitch trailers of participants.

                        IDFAcademy Session: International Co-Producing

                          • event Created with Sketch. Saturday 23 November
                          • Het Groene Paleis Neszaal

                          Signe Byrge Sørensen & Bob Moore discuss case studies of complex co-productions. How to find opportunities and the right partners while staying within budget and without compromising the quality of your film?

                          IDFAcademy: Master Talk Alina Marazzi & Péter Forgács

                            • event Created with Sketch. Saturday 23 November
                            • Het Groene Paleis Courantzaal

                            Directors Alina Marazzi & Peter Forgacs reflect on each others work and their use of found footage and home movies.

                            IDFAcademy Session: Sales & Distribution Strategies

                              • event Created with Sketch. Sunday 24 November
                              • Brakke Grond Grote Zaal

                              Producer/Consultant Heidi Fleisher talks to Liselot Verbrugge (Sales Agent, Deckert Distribution) and Aleksandar Govedarica (Sales Agent, Syndicado) who provide insight into their world sales expertise. Discover their strategies and secrets for getting your film out into the world. When does a sales agent join the team in the process? What is the best strategy for the current different windows? Should the focus be on more money or on more viewers?

                              IDFAcademy: Master Talk Alan Berliner

                                • event Created with Sketch. Sunday 24 November
                                • Het Groene Paleis Courantzaal

                                Acclaimed director Alan Berliner discusses his oeuvre and his newest film Letter to the Editor.

                                IDFAcademy Session: How to Create Impact

                                  • event Created with Sketch. Sunday 24 November
                                  • Het Groene Paleis Neszaal

                                  Experts on impact strategies use concrete case studies to describe models for creating impact.

                                  Industry Session: Stand up for your rights! Hosted by LaScam

                                    • event Created with Sketch. Sunday 24 November
                                    • Brakke Grond Rode Zaal

                                    Seize the opportunities offered by new EU legislation on copyright and learn about its impact on European filmmakers. Renowned filmmakers share how they deal with authors’ rights, the income it generates and what to expect from the new legislation.

                                    IDFAcademy: Meet The Professionals Special: Creating a Buzz

                                      • event Created with Sketch. Sunday 24 November
                                      • Zuiderkerk Zaal

                                      How to reach an audience and find the unique selling point of your film.

                                      IDFAcademy: Closing Drinks

                                        • event Created with Sketch. Sunday 24 November
                                        • Zuiderkerk Foyer

                                        IDFAcademy 2019 comes to an end with closing drinks.