About IDFAcademy Summer School
The IDFAcademy Summer School offers first or second-time directors the opportunity to meet and work with highly esteemed filmmakers and film professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with emerging film talent. The program combines individual coaching with group sessions within an inspiring cultural program, all conducted in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere.
IDFAcademy Summer School 2016 took place July 4-9 in Amsterdam. Read more about the participants and tutors here
or read a report of the Summer School here
The IDFAcademy Summer School 2017 will take place early July. You can send in your application form through this website from February onward.
The IDFAcademy Summer School is also open to projects previously supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund
. If selected, the participation of these filmmakers and projects will be financed by the IDFA Bertha Fund.
Two types of training possibilities are on offer:
Script Development is intended to strengthen film projects by working intensively on a strong narrative in the early stages. Participants will be encouraged to focus on both their own film projects as well as each other's work.
Script Development focuses on:
• Structuring your initial film idea or concept into a film project with a strong narrative.
• Interweaving different storylines into a solid narrative structure.
• Choosing your main characters – how do they add to your storyline?
• Visualizing your story – how should you use camera, sound and editing to strengthen your narrative?
Editing Consultancy requires shooting to be near completion and a rough cut ready for the start of the IDFAcademy Summer School. The participants will work intensively with an experienced editor for three to four days, during which time they will refine the rough cut, depending on the editing stage at the time of the workshop. The IDFAcademy Summer School will arrange professional editing facilities in Amsterdam.
Editing Consultancy focuses on:
• Defining the structure of your film.
• Identifying characters and building the storyline.
• Fine-tuning the film’s rhythm and dramatic structure.
Targets and tutors
Over the course of six days of intensive tutoring and coaching, the IDFAcademy Summer School works to inspire participants and ensure either that they have a stronger project to launch onto the international market or a clearer vision about how to finish the editing of their films. To facilitate this, IDFAcademy Summer School participants are coached by leading international documentary experts. In previous years film professionals such as Victor Kossakovsky (director, Russia), Gianfranco Rosi (Director, Italy), Kate Townsend (executive producer BBC Storyville, UK), and Jesper Osmund (editor, Denmark)
were tutors at the Summer School.
Several Summer School projects went on to succes at IDFA and beyond. For instance, Red Wedding
(Lida Chan & Guillaume Suon, Cambodia, 2012) won the NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary at IDFA 2012, and 5 Broken Cameras
(Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi, Palestine/Israel/France/the Netherlands 2011) won the IDFA Audience Award in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2013.