Please note: Only Dutch speaking participants are eligible for this workshop.
Twenty-two years ago, IDFA held the first IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop, aimed at discovering and fostering new documentary talent. Each year, in what has now grown into a complete seven-month course, aspiring documentary filmmakers learn to turn an original idea into a documentary film plan. The IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop is organized in cooperation with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. The 2016 edition was tutored by Petra Latatser-Czisch and Catherine van Campen; more information (in Dutch) can be found here
During IDFA, the participants will get the opportunity to present their film plans to broadcasters and producers. A jury of filmmakers and representatives of the Dutch broadcasters will assess the final versions of the film plans. During IDFA's opening night, Peter Triest received the Mediafonds Documentary Award (€125,000, made available by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund) for his film plan Parked Lives
. See all previous winners here.
Every year, IDFA presents the films that were made as a result of previous IDFA-Mediafonds Workshops. These films receive the label IDFAcademy Results
. An average of 40 percent is realized into documentaries for the Dutch public broadcasters.