Sunday, November 20 – IDFAcademy Day 4
Coffee and croissants
9:30-10:00 | Compagnietheater Foyer
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
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
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
Round table meetings and one-on-one meetings with renowned professionals.
15:30-17:00 | Compagnietheater Grote Zaal and Foyer
17:00-18:00 | Compagnietheater Café
18:00-19:30 | Zuiderkerk