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. 

Presentation of Participating Networks

2.00 pm – Accessible via Facebook and YouTube 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 will be moderated by Klara Grunning-Harris.

Interactive, Virtual Fishbowl Discussions

3.00 pm – For those active in the documentary sector who want to pitch in and present their own ideas, we are offering two separate virtual discussion rooms which are designed for interaction: in the round of experts, there is always one free seat to be taken by any member of the audience. We are looking forward to your contribution  but you are, of course, also welcome to just join the meeting as a listener and get inspired.

The following discussions both start at 3.00 pm.

Solidarity within the Documentary Community

Fishbowl-Discussion I 

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 Schmid (Documentary Association of Europe)

To participate in this discussion, register here.


Outreach and Promotion of Documentary Film 

Fishbowl-Discussion II

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)

To participate in this discussion, register here.


Networks for Future! – Joining Forces for the Documentary Film Industry


07 Mai 2020


14:00 - 15:30


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