Fraser, Tykwer to speak at IDFA Congress on Dutch docs

BBC 'Storyville' editor Nick Fraser (pictured), ad man Erik Kessels and filmmaker Tom Tykwer are among the speakers confirmed for IDFA's new day-long event dedicated to Dutch documentaries.
October 30, 2012

Organizers of the 25th annual International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) are turning a spotlight on Dutch documentaries with a one-day Congress designed to raise the profile of local films outside the Netherlands.

The “Dutch Docs Conquer the World” event will take place on November 22 will be hosted by Jess Search of BritDoc and Dutch cabaret artist Jan Jaap van der Wal. The day will feature five talks, including one on marketing and branding by Dutch ad man Erik Kessels, and one on storytelling by Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer, as well as panel discussions. The event will wrap up with the presentation of the Kids & Docs Dutch Cultural Media Fund Award, which is given to the best youth documentary from the past year.

Other notable sessions include BBC ‘Storyville’ editor Nick Fraser’s (pictured) keynote speech entitled “Why Documentaries Matter.” Also, the Nordic Film and Television Fund’s Karolina Lidin will present a comparative study on Dutch and Danish financing models and Congolese director and producer Djo Tunda Wa Munga will examine international perspectives of Dutch docmakers.

The festival also secured a new three-year partnership for the IDFA Fund, which supports documentaries and filmmakers in developing countries, with philanthropic organization The Bertha Foundation. The deal will allow the Fund to continue its work after the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs cut its subsidy.

IDFA has also teamed up with BankGiro Lottery to create the IDFA Audience Award, which will give the winner a trip to the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

This year’s festival will take place in Amsterdam between November 14-25. Check out the full feature-length documentary competition line-up here.

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