IDFAcademy 2016 Program

IDFAcademy, the training course intended for emerging documentary filmmakers and producers, is running from November 17-20, welcoming eighty participants from dozens of countries to attend the program in the heart of Amsterdam.

Thursday, November 17 – IDFAcademy Day 1

Welcome & Introduction: Meet the Participants

Official welcome & meet and greet with all IDFAcademy 2016 participants.
12:00-13:00 | Brakke Grond Rode Zaal

Plenary Session & Industry Talk: Between Director and Editor

The Industry Talks and the IDFAcademy program kick off together with an inspiring conversation between talented filmmaker Maite Alberdi and renowned editor Menno Boerema. The two first got to know each other during the IDFAcademy Summer School in 2014, where Boerema's coaching on Alberdi’s Tea Time laid the groundwork for their collaboration on The Grown Ups, Alberdi’s latest documentary, which has been selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary this year. Their talk deals with the symbiosis between directing and editing, sharing expertise and making sure you work in a complementary way. Based on their own films and experiences, Alberdi and Boerema share their views on picking the "right" editor, bringing rough material to the next level through editing and balancing a narrative between several characters. Moderated by Cecilia Lidin.
13:30-15:00 | Brakke Grond Rode Zaal

Afterwards we welcome you for a drink hosted by Creative Europe Desk NL.

Friday, November 18 – IDFAcademy Day 2

Coffee and croissants

9:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater Foyer

Plenary Session: Editing Matters

When you discover serious dramaturgical issues in the editing process, do you have the courage as a team to stop the editing process, to go for reshoot, and re-edit, and still go for the same style? Or do you need to rethink the film completely? Moderated by Cecilia Lidin, dream team director Max Kestner, editor Jacob Thuessen and producer Sigrid Dyekjaer will talk about the editing obstacles they conquered in the production process of Amateurs in Space (selected for the IDFA Feature Length Competition this year). The film revolves around two Danish engineers who are building their own spaceship from hardware store appliances, thereby trying to become the first Amateurs in Space. The film will premiere in Tuschinski 1 on November 19 at 21.30h. Participants are kindly invited to the premiere.
10:00-12:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal

You Are Here: Immersive Storytelling Masterclass

Join Jessica Brillhart, principal filmmaker for VR at Google, for a masterclass on VR and Immersive Storytelling – its promises, constrains and vast complexities. Together with experts from various disciplines, Brillhart will answer questions and demystify some the medium's workflow and production process. She will also speak to the larger purposes of creating content in this space, and explore the medium’s emerging language.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal

Masterclass Sergei Loznitsa

Director Sergei Loznitsa and moderator Hans Maarten van den Brink will discuss Loznitsa's own films and the insights offered by his Top 10 selection, which contains rarely shown, timeless classics that are all situated in the Twentieth Century but speak volumes about the world we live in today. There will be a special focus on the role of sound in documentary. Using several clips Loznitsa will discuss his method and the important role sound design plays in his films. Supported by the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.
13:00-15:00 | Tuschinski 1

Meet the Professionals

Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:30 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal and Foyer

IDFAcademy & Doclab Academy welcome drinks

17:30-18:30 | Compagnietheater Café
Co-hosted by Creative Europe Desk NL.


Guests Meet Guests (drinks)

18:00-19:30 | Café De Jaren

Saturday, November 19 – IDFAcademy Day 3

Coffee and croissants

9:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater Foyer

Plenary Session: Pitch & Trailer Workshop

The Pitch & Trailer Workshop, one of last year's IDFAcademy's biggest hits, is introduced by Mikael Opstrup. Film editor Jesper Osmund then elaborates on the makings of a successful pitch trailer by showing examples and offering explicit advice. Three participants get the opportunity to pitch their project and receive feedback from a panel including Emelie Persson (SVT), Stefan Kloos (Rise and Shine), and Alex Szalat (ARTE France). Ultimately, the audience can voice its thoughts, suggestions and questions.
10:00-12:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal

Small Session: Insights into Co-production

Christian Popp (YUZU Productions, Letters from Baghdad at IDFA 2016) and Signe Byrge Sørensen (Final Cut for Real, a.o. The Act of Killing) share their knowledge on how to find partners in producing and financing. What are the risks and benefits of co-financing and co-producing? As TV is giving less money, what other sources are out there? Moderated by Orwa Nyrabia.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal

Small session: Seize the Future: Maximize Your Audience and Your Distribution

During this unique session Peter Broderick will take participants on a quick illustrated tour of the distribution frontier. Then he’ll improvise distribution strategies on the spot for participants’ films, which the audience will help refine. Peter Broderick is one of the world’s leading documentary distribution strategists. He believes that distribution should be as creative as production. Every film needs a strategy customized to its content, core audiences, and avenues of distribution. Peter Broderick will show you how to design a strategy that will enable you to work with distribution partners while maintaining overall control and build a substantial personal audience for a more sustainable career. Bringing each film into the world can be an unparalleled new adventure.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater Zuilenzaal

Meet the Professionals

Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:30 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal and Foyer

Meet the Professionals Special: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Award-winning Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter is at IDFA this year with his most recent film Homo Sapiens. He is best known for Our Daily Bread (2005) in which he serves us surreal scenes without comment or explanation, a style he continues in his newest film. In this dialogue with the IDFAcademy participants, he will discuss the ways in which you can find and create your own signature as a filmmaker.
15:30-17:30 | Compagnietheater Zuilenzaal

Guests Meet Guests (drinks)

18:00-19:30 | Zuiderkerk

Sunday, November 20 – IDFAcademy Day 4

Coffee and croissants

9:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater Foyer

Plenary Session: Blending Impact and Distribution

Until recently, distribution and impact were pretty much separate issues – and they came in that order. You made a film, you sold it to a distributor or a broadcaster and then separately you organised some impact work. There were two separate questions: Distribution asked How can we sell the film to as many people as possible, making as much money as possible? Impact asked: How can we get the film to the people who really need to see it, so that we can make the biggest impact? With the advent of the web, the overturning of traditional distribution windows, and more sophisticated approaches to impact strategy, there is now a chance to do it all. Director of Social Impact Media for the Bertha Foundation. Rebecca Lichtenfeld (Bertha Foundation) describes this exciting new landscape by using a concrete case study together with producer and director Sandi DuBowski (A Jihad for Love) and producer Brenda Coughlin (Citizenfour). The session includes a live brainstorm on a new film project by the participants as they map out a potential impact strategy and identify possible partners.
10:00-12:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal

Small Session: Storytelling on Digital Platforms

Digital Platforms open up new opportunities and challenges for documentary filmmakers. Kahane Cooperman, Showrunner and Executive Producer of The New Yorker Presents series on Amazon and Jos de Putter from The Correspondent will share their experiences on finding effective and creative ways to present documentaries online. Are there different ways of storytelling suited for different types of platforms? Also, Reber Dosky (Radio Kobanî, Yezidi Girls) will join the table and discuss his work for The Correspondent. Next to this, The Correspondent will present a call for filmmakers to create new films for this platform. Moderated by Charlie Phillips (The Guardian).
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal

Small Session: Festival & Sales Strategies

Can your film have a successful international festival career along with a classical theatrical or VoD release, and what are the difficulties and opportunities here? When does a sales agent or distributor join the team? Sales agent Salma Abdalla (AUTLOOK), distributor Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies) and director Tom Fassaert (A Family Affair) will share their strategies and secrets with case studies, giving a full spectrum of getting your film out in the world. Moderated by Peter Jaeger.
13:00-15:00 | Compagnietheater Kleine Zaal

Meet the Professionals

Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal and Foyer

IDFAcademy closing drinks

17:00-18:00 | Compagnietheater Café

Guests Meet Guests (drinks)

18:00-19:30 | Zuiderkerk

IDFAcademy is supported by

 
Audience Award goes to La Chana November 27, 2016 | The VPRO IDFA Audience Award 2016 has gone to La Chana by Lucija Stojevic, a blistering and intimate portrait of former flamenco dancer Antonia Santiago Amador.
Peter Triest wins Mediafonds Documentary Award 2016 November 16, 2016 | During IDFA's opening ceremony, the Mediafonds Documentary Award 2016 (€125,000) was presented to Peter Triest for the realisation of his film plan Parked Lives, developed in the IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop.
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.
And the winners are... November 23, 2016 | At the Awards Ceremony in the Stadsschouwburg, the 14 winners of IDFA 2016 have just been announced.
The Grown-Ups wins IDFA AWFJ EDA Award November 22, 2016 | Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi has won the IDFA AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary with her film The Grown-Ups.

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