As a filmmaker you continuously must make decisions and choices that influence the filmmaking process. Your own role and responsibility in this are often under a magnifying glass. How do you stay focused on the development of the story and at the same time true to your characters? How do you stay close to yourself? The program at the end of May tries to give you insights into how other makers have dealt with this. In addition to a live session with Alexander Nanau on his film Collective, there is a list of previously recorded talks with accompanying films that bring the viewpoints of other directors. Then to top this off there is the opportunity to sit in on a conversation between Orwa Nyrabia and Joe Bini where they touch upon questions of authorship, the future of cinema amongst other.

It is of course important to watch the film Collective in advance and we encourage you to watch as much as possible of the other films and sessions. We can offer this because the relevant makers are happy to share this with you. This means that we trust that we can keep this within the safe setting of IDFA Project Space and this program will not be shared outside this group.

We wish you a lot of inspiration!

Program Structure

The IDFA Project Space program kicked off on April 29. Every end of the month, a small program with a variation of inspirational sessions and masterclasses will take place. There is a break in July and August.

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 get your tickets for these sessions by email. One day in advance you can also find your tickets on your MyIDFA account:


May 26 - 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Inspirational Session: Dealing with Characters

May 28 - 15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Inspirational Session: Orwa Nyrabia in conversation with Joe Bini


June 28 - July 2


September 20 - 24


To be announced

Dealing with Characters with: director Alexander Nanau and producer Bianca Oana

"There is no such thing as fly on the wall, it's always about my relationship to the subject." (Albert Maysles). In this session, acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Nanau will talk about how this quote relates to his work and more specifically to working with his characters in the observational approach of the film Collective. First, there was access and trust to be gained, but then the events within the story exploded. How did he deal with this and maintain the relationship with his characters? And how did he make the choices while keeping the focus on the story and staying close to the creative vision?  Producer Bianca Oana joins in to talk about how she monitored this process from her role as creative producer. The session will be moderated by Tom Fassaert, who debuted with his feature length documentary An Angel in Doel at the Berlinale, screened at +50 festivals worldwide and won several international awards. Fassaert's second feature length documentary is A Family Affair was the Opening Film of IDFA 2015. Parallel to his passion for filmmaking Tom Fassaert is a tutor at (international) film schools and the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund workshop a.o..

Photographer: (c)Alex Galmeanu

Alexander Nanau

Alexander Nanau is an Academy Award® and BAFTA nominated filmmaker. His documentary film, The World According to Ion B. was awarded an International Emmy Award in 2010. His feature documentary film Toto and His Sisters was a European Academy Award nominee 2015. Alexander served as Director of Photography for the French/German documentary Nothingwood (Sonia Kronlund) that was shot in Afghanistan and premiered in Cannes as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2017. His latest feature length documentary Collective premiered at the Venice IFF 2019- as part of the Official Selection. It was also screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and in the Spotlight section of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Collective has won among many other awards the European Film Award for Best Documentary in 2020 and was Romania's OSCAR®. entry. When the documentary was nominated in 2021 for Best International Feature and Best Documentary it became the first Romanian film to ever be nominated for an OSCAR® and the second documentary in the history of the OSCARS to receive two nominations. Alexander is also teaching and mentoring in several intl. Film Universities and Filmlabs.

Photographer: (c)Alex Galmeanu

Bianca Oana

Bianca Oana has been active in the film industry since 2009, executive producing the feature documentaries Turn Off The Lights (2012) and Toto and His Sisters (2014) before producing Adina Pintilie's 2018 Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not. She then produced Alexander Nanau's Collective which was nominated as both Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary at this year's Oscars, and is now raising the financing for Pintilie's next feature Death and the Maiden.

Orwa Nyrabia in conversation with Joe Bini

An exclusive sneak preview of a pre-recorded conversation between IDFA's Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia and renowned editor Joe Bini where they touch upon questions of authorship, the future of cinema amongst other.