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Crowdfunding to take center stage at IDFAcademy

Dutch festival IDFA is to shine a light on the dos and don'ts of crowdfunding, with filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix (pictured filming) discussing their success in raising money online in a realscreen-moderated session at IDFAcademy, the festival's annual training program for emerging filmmakers.
November 7, 2011

Dutch festival IDFA is to shine a light on the dos and don’ts of crowdfunding, with filmmakers Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix discussing their success in raising money online in a realscreen-moderated session at IDFAcademy, the festival’s annual training program for emerging filmmakers.

The session, taking place from 12.30 p.m. on November 20, will see IndieGoGo’s chief of distribution Adam Chapnick discussing his company’s work and efforts in the online space, while Metzer and Nix (pictured above, filming) will discuss their experiences using crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help find missing financing for their doc The Light in Her Eyes, in conversation with realscreen associate editor Adam Benzine.

The latter film, which pitched at the Hot Docs Forum earlier this year, raised US$21,041 through online donations via Kickstarter – more than double its original $10,000 target. The doc will screen as part of IDFAcademy the prior day, November 19.

Elsewhere at IDFAcademy, Mads Brügger, the director of IDFA’s 2011 opening film The Ambassador, will give a masterclass about his “modus operandi,” especially focusing on the making of his latest effort. The masterclass takes place at 10 a.m. on November 18.

Later the same day at 12.30 p.m., an international industry session will offer an introduction to the world of international co-financing and coproducing, with Steven Seidenberg sharing his knowledge on the sector. This session will be followed by a ‘who’s who’ introduction to the most important buyers, from commissioning editors Greg Sanderson (the BBC) and Barbara Truyen (VPRO).

On November 19 at 10 a.m., a “Selling your Film” session will see Orly Ravid, founder and co-executive director of The Film Collaborative, and Peter Jäger from Autlook Filmsales, discussing traditional methods of selling docs, such as to TV stations, as well as new DIY techniques.

Later in the day at 12.30 p.m., Ove Rishøj Jensen, Jan Rofekamp and Stefan Kloos will take part in a session entitled “The Best Way to Start a Doc!,” discussing the secrets behind and the importance of an enticing opening to a film.

IDFA takes place in Amsterdam, Holland from November 16-27, with more than 300 docs screening. As previously reported, Léa Pool’s Pink Ribbons Inc and Werner Herzog’s Into The Abyss are among the films competing for the best feature-length documentary prize this year.

The festival has also unveiled the 57 projects chosen to pitch for funding at this year’s IDFA Forum, with filmmakers Janus Metz (Armadillo) and Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B) among those selected to present new projects.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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