What moment sparks the very beginning of a film project in your experience ? Is it inspired by an image, a quick glimpse out of the corner of your eye, a story you want to tell, a character you want to capture on film? The process behind starting a film is different for everyone - but in the end it comes down to visualization. The central theme for the upcoming sessions is the relationship between the filmmaker and the image. What can a frame add to a narrative? How do you tell a story using images? How do you edit and manipulate that image, utilize it in a way that it is documentary? The program in June will not answer these questions directly. It is, however, full of films in which the image takes center stage. For the Filmmaker Talks, we have invited filmmakers that have a distinct relationship with the image to talk about their work. Lithuanian filmmaker Audrius Stonys will discuss his work, reflecting on when he first started his career in filmmaking. Moroccan filmmaker Tala Hadid’s work is all about the image. Next to making documentary and fiction films, Hadid is a photographer and a painter. After the screening of her film House in the Fields, she joins us for a conversation about her work.

We have compiled a selection of required viewings that we strongly encourage you to watch in preparation for these talks. In addition, we have updated the list of films and have added several previously recorded talks from our archives. We are able to offer this selection of screenings and footage thanks to the fact that the relevant makers are happy to share these with you. We trust that we can keep these films within the safe setting of IDFA Project Space, and ask that this program will not be shared outside of this group.

We hope the coming weeks leave you feeling inspired!

Program Structure

The IDFA Project Space program kicked off on April 29 and will end with a free festival pass for IDFA (17 - 28 November). Every end of the month, a small program with a variation of inspirational sessions, group (Catch Up) meetings and masterclasses will take place. There is a break in July and August.

Individual Consultancies with a Tutor will be scheduled between May – October. All these will be discussed with IDFA staff and based on the need and stage of the project.

The To Watch List is a collection of films and talks intended to inspire and prepare for the IDFA Project Space program. Every month, it is updated with new films and talks.


You will be able to access all sessions through a special platform on the IDFA website. Please follow these instructions to access the sessions:

How to get access to all sessions: First order the ticket(s) for the Filmmaker Talks, see the email we sent earlier for instructions. You should receive a confirmation email with the ticket(s) after completing the booking.

Go to the IDFA Project Space home page. Log in with your MyIDFA account. You can do this by clicking on the MyIDFA in the right top corner. Once you have logged in: Click on the ‘Tickets / Participate’ button to attend the Catch Up Meetings and Filmmaker Talks. You can enter the Catch Up Meetings without a ticket.

You can also find your tickets on your MyIDFA account: Go to


June 28 - 10:30 - 12:30 CEST

Group 1: Catch Up Meeting

June 28 - 16:00 - 18:00 CEST

Group 2: Catch up Meeting

June 29 - 15:00 - 17:00 CEST

Filmmaker Talk with Audrius Stonys

July 1 - 20:00 - 22:30 CEST

House in the Fields & Filmmaker Talk with Tala Hadid

July 2 - 15:00 - 17:00 CEST Catch Up Meeting


September 20 - 24


To be announced

Filmmaker Talk with Audrius Stonys

“Craving for the impossible is the deepest essence of cinematography” (Audrius Stonys)

In this Filmmaker Talk, acclaimed director Audrius Stonys returns to the beginning and reflects on his beginnings as a filmmaker. His first films were made during an important period for Lithuanian film history, one in which cinematography had a prominent role. Today Stonys has an enormous oeuvre to his name, marked by his signature style. In the talk, he will reflect on developing his style, the relationship with his cameraperson and how he sees collaborative authorship in the visualization of his films.

Moderated by Dana Linssen. She is a film critic, writer, thinker, lecturer from the Netherlands. She is the founder of the Slow Criticism Project and co-curator of the Critics' Choice at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Currently she is leading Film Forward, a new talent and skills development institute in the Netherlands.

Audrius Stonys

Audrius Stonys is a Lithuanian film director and producer. His extensive body of work includes Bridges of Time (2018), Woman and the Glacier (2016), Ramin (2011). His films got numerous international film awards. Among them Audience award in Nyon, Grand Prix in Split, prizes in Bornholm, Florence, Gyor, Neu Brandenburg, Oberhausen, Riga, Shanghai, Bilbao and San Francisco. In 1992 the documentary film Earth of the Blind was recognized by European Film Academy as the Best European Documentary Film of the Year. Audrius Stonys is also a Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, a recipient of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award and gives lectures, masterclasses and film presentations all over the world.

House in the Fields & Filmmaker Talk with Tala Hadid

In this talk after the screening of her film, filmmaker and photographer Tala Hadid dives into her connection with the image and discusses both her films and her photography work. What freedoms does she take in creating an image? Has working from a visual starting point shaped her form of storytelling? Hadid will talk about her creative process, how ideas become images, and how images inspire stories, and ultimately films and photography.

Moderated by Isabel Arrate Fernandez (Managing Director IDFA Bertha Fund & Deputy Director IDFA).

Tala Hadid

Tala Hadid is a photographer and filmmaker and made her first feature documentary film, Sacred Poet, on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Her films have screened at film festivals around the world, including Berlin and Venice and shown, among other venues, at the MoMA and Lincoln Center in NYC, The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, La Cinémathèque Française in Paris, the Smithsonian Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C, the Los Angeles County Museum and the Photographer’s Gallery in London. Her films have received numerous awards, including an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2013, the Fine Art photography publisher Stern published a volume of a selection of Hadid’s photographs from her project Heterotopia as part of its Stern Fotografie Portfolio series of emerging photographers. In 2014, Hadid completed work on Itarr el Layl. The award-winning film premiered at the Toronto film Festival and went on to screen at numerous film festivals and venues around the world. In 2017, Hadid's project House in the Fields was an official selection at the Berlin Film Festival where it was nominated for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award. The film was also the recipient, among other prizes, of the Commune di Milano prize for best feature film at the 2017 FCAAL Milano Film Festival, the Prize for Best Documentary film at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Fiction/Non Fiction award at Millennium Docs against Gravity in Warsaw, the 2M Grand Prize at FIDADOC 2017, the 2017 John Marshall Award in the US, the Special Jury Prize at the 2018 National Film Festival in Tangiers, and the Grand Prize of the city at the 2018 International Mediterranean Film Festival of Tetouan. In 2019 Hadid she participated in the 2019 Rabat Biennale with her installation entitled Floodplain. Hadid’s work is also part of the Ruben Bentsov Moving Image Collection at the Walker Museum in the US. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.