Foreword

Foreword

Welcome to IDFAcademy 2020! We are proud to welcoming you all—emerging directors and producers from all over the world. The past months, we have all been forced to re-examine what we took for granted, simple things have become complicated, and our coping mechanisms have been constantly challenged. One thing always remained intact: the goal of IDFAcademy, which is the exchange between talent and expertise in an informal setting. A unique way to get to inspired, get to know experienced masters, and most of all, sharpening your industry awareness. What has emerged from these re-examinations is this year’s IDFAcademy taking place during the festival: An online program that everyone involved will follow from homes across in the world, and hopefully feel connected. The program presents a broad variety of inspirational tutors and masters of the genre—from filmmakers to commissioning editors, and sales agents. We are very grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of each participating expert, who are taking the time to share their expertise with us. IDFA also organizes talent development activities throughout the year. Last summer, for example, IDFA started Project Space (year- round support for filmmakers), which the traditional Summer School is part of. In addition, we’ve seen the IDFAcademy & NPO fund Workshop and ZappDoc LAB for Dutch participants, and the supporting partner Videoland Academy since 2019. The harvest of all this, is visible in this year’s festival and we wish the following filmmakers good luck presenting their projects at the IDFA Forum: Lea Glob with Apolonia, Apolonia, Victoria Fiore with Hide and Seek, Meena Nanji & Zippy Kimundu with Testament and Ousmane Samassekou with Witnesses from the Shadows. We are also proud of the filmmakers of the five films that are completed from previous training activities and selected for this year's festival: 5 Houses (Bruno Gularte Barreto), The Earth is Blue as an Orange (Iryna Tsilyk), Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (Anabel Rodríguez), This Rain will Never Stop (Alina Gorlova) and, of course, we are incredibly proud that Arami Ullón’s film Nothing But the Sun (developed in the Summer School 2018) will be opening IDFA 2020! This IDFAcademy Program Guide includes the program, background information and practical information on how to navigate through the online festival. We hope this guide will help you navigate this year's IDFAcademy. Have a great festival and an inspiring IDFAcademy! Meike Statema Head of Talent Development IDFA

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