IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop

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.

More information for (potential) participants is available in Dutch.

The IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop is a collaboration with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.

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Open Call: Short Web Documentaries November 26, 2016 | IDFA and Jos de Putter from Deep Focus Web Documentaries invite entries for project proposals from talented (young) filmmakers.

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