Kids & Docs Workshop
Please note: Only Dutch speaking participants are eligible for this workshop.
During the annual Kids & Docs Workshop, held September to February, participants develop a film plan for a short children’s documentary lasting 15 minutes. Each of the filmmakers receives support from one of the ten participating broadcasters.
Throughout the research phase, filmmakers stay in contact with the children and collaborate with them as much possible. The children are the driving force behind the documentaries, which address an event or situation that relates to them or is important to them in some way. At the end of the workshop, all projects apply for funding at the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. In the end, about 80% of the projects will be produced and broadcast.
Since the start of the workshop in 1999, it has produced over 75 children’s documentaries. The educational process for professionals, the seven-month workshop, and the growing involvement of a large number of public broadcasters now make a sizable contribution to the creation and continuation of this genre. All documentaries developed in the Kids & Docs Workshop screen at Cinekid
and IDFA. Also, a special 15-minute slot at children’s TV network Zapp
is reserved to broadcast the documentaries.
The Kids & Docs Workshop is a joint initiative of IDFA, Cinekid and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.