Networks for Future! – Joining Forces for the Documentary Film Industry
Industry experts* from all over Europe will gather online examining the power of networks to address the challenges the documentary industry is facing. We want to find out what solidarity means for today’s film professionals and how we can collaborate to help our films reach their audiences. This is a unique opportunity for the European documentary community to enter into a discussion and learn from each other.
Here you can find the videos of the events that took place. Free registration is required to access the videos.
Presentation of Participating Networks
Accessible here and via Facebook Livestream. Tune in to find out more about some of the dedicated initiatives Europe has to offer! Scroll down to have a peek on the initiatives participating.
The presentation is moderated by Klara Grunning
Interactive, Virtual Fishbowl Discussions
For those active in the documentary sector who wanted to pitch in and presented their own ideas, we offered two separate virtual discussion rooms which were designed for interaction: in the round of experts, there was always one free seat to be taken by any member of the audience. Thank you for your contribution – also just for joining the meeting as a listener. We hope you have been inspired!
Solidarity within the Documentary Community
In this discussion we want to focus on structures which support cross-border solidarity within the filmmakers‘ community. Our industry is characterised by shrinking budgets and poor employment conditions, self exploitation and also the exploitation of others. What can we do to overcome these conditions and prepare the ground for fair working conditions in our industry, in Europe and beyond?
Moderated by Ove Rishøj Jensen (Paradiddle Pictures)
Experts: Isabel Arrate-Fernandez (IDFA Bertha Fund), Sonia Hausséguy (Crew United), Marion Schmidt (Documentary Association of Europe)
Outreach and Promotion of Documentary Film
Documentaries are contending with different expectations: to some they serve to highlight politically and socially relevant issues, while others above all value their high artistic merit. How can we strengthen or even merge these different aspirations and make sure that films reach their audiences? How does the current situation influence our strategies?
Moderated by Ulla Simonen (AVEK)
Experts: Zdenek Blaha (Institute of Documentary Film), Sanna Kultanen (The Finnish Documentary Guild), Nicole van Schaik (Good Pitch
Documentary Association of Europe – DAE
DAE is a new, Pan-European association for European documentary professionals to strengthen the industry, unite the community and create sustainable support for the genre with contemporary approaches and an international vision.
Founded in February 2020, the association is currently in a beta phase. Our first priority is creating a network of engaged, skilled and passionate professionals in order to lend their voices, ideas and enthusiasm to DAE's establishment: for unity across national, generational, ethnic, linguistic and gender borders. How to be involved in our activities? Please visit our website for more information: www.dae-europe.org
DAE will be represented by Marion Schmid who will be participating in the fishbowl discussion on Solidarity within the Documentary Community.
Crew United is a network from filmmakers for filmmakers. Founded in 1996, Crew United today is the leading digital platform for the Film- and TV-sector in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Over 37.000 freelancers and companies present themselves with their filmography and further professional data. Crew United covers the entire spectrum of audiovisual creation and follows the mission to connect people internationally in order to make great films together – under fair and sustainable conditions. With several initiatives like the Fair Film Award, Crew United has a strong commitment for fairness, sustainability, solidarity and diversity in the film sector.
Crew United will be represented by Sonia Hausséguy who will be participating in the fishbowl discussion on Solidarity within the Documentary Community.
The Institute of Documentary Film
The Institute of Documentary Film has several programmes focused on the promotion and distribution of documentaries: namely the East Silver film market for completed documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe and its festival distribution programme East Silver Caravan. The second programme is KineDok, an international community-based alternative distribution network, which brings films for non-theatrical screenings to seven European countries (CZ, SK, HU, BG, HR, RO, PL).
The IDF will be represented by Zdenek Blaha who will be participating in the fishbowl discussion on Outreach and Distribution.
The Finnish Documentary Guild
The Finnish Documentary Guild (Dokumenttikilta) is a national organization for directors, producers and other professionals working in the field of documentary film in Finland. The Guild promotes interests of the documentary film industry and aims to nourish the vitality of documentary film as an art form. It actively lobbies for the industry and organizes screenings, seminars and discussions as well as festival visits abroad. Established in 1996, the association has approximately 250 members.
The Finnish Documentary Guild will be represented by Sanna Kultanen who will be participating in the fishbowl discussion on Outreach and Distribution.
IDFA Bertha Fund
In 22 years the IDFA Bertha Fund became an internationally renowned institution with a broad network supporting over 600 documentary projects and film organisations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. The fund has facilitated notable success in recent years, with supported films that include Academy Award Nominees for Best Documentary OF FATHERS AND SONS (Talal Derki, 2017) and LAST MEN IN ALEPPO (Firas Fayyad, 2016), KABUL, CITY IN THE WIND (Aboozar Amini, 2018) Opening Film IDFA 2018, TALKING ABOUT TREES (Suhaib Gasmalbari, 2019) winner Best Documentary Glashuette Award 2019 at Berlinale.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA has a leading role within the documentary film industry through its markets IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale, training program IDFAcademy, new media program IDFA DocLab and the IDFA Bertha Fund.
IDFA Bertha Fund will be represented by Isabel Arrate Fernandez who will be participating in the fishbowl discussion on Solidarity within the Documentary Community.
Good Pitch, an initiative by Doc Society, brings together documentary Filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues — to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the Films and good for society. Good Pitch is a unique model for cross-sector collaboration and inspiring change on public, governmental, legal and corporate levels all over the world. For over 10 years, Good Pitch has supported over 260 documentary films globally.
Good Pitch will be represented by Nicole van Schaik who will be participating in the fishbowl discussion on Outreach and Distribution.