On Sunday 20 November (10.30 am – 12.00 am / Escape Theatre, Rembrandtplein) Doc Next and IDFA organize a special Industry panel. In the panel we will tackle the question:
“Is the documentary industry over the hill?”
Against the backdrop of an aging television audience there is a new generation of media consumers, who in many cases are also makers. Should the documentary industry try to adapt to these “prosumers” and how should it go about doing so?
We invite you to be our guest! Attendance is free but reservation is required.
Moderator: Cath le Couteur
A graduate of the National Film and Television School in England, Cath has won numerous awards on the film festival circuit for her short films and is developing three features. She is also the co-founder of the social entrepreneurship organisation Shooting People (shootingpeople.org) the online social network dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking.
Jeremy Boxer (USA)
Creative Director, Film + Video at Vimeo, co-director at Vimeo Festival
Also, director and founder of Boxer, a consultancy which connects talent with new career opportunities for them.
Stan van Engelen (NL)
Editor in chief of Metropolis TV / VPRO
Metropolis is a globally produced website and TV show initiated by the Dutch public service broadcaster VPRO and the NGO Hivos. Metropolis has its own radically different approach in reporting on global issues: all of their stories are produced by local filmmakers who form a network of over 60 video journalists from six continents. They each explore their local surroundings and capture stories that go beyond the increasingly dominant culture of sound bites and headlines that currently defines global news media. “Great symbioses of 21st century technology and ‘old school’ documentary storytelling.”
Alexandre Brachet (FR)
E-producer and CEO of Upian
Upian is one of the world’s major players in web documentary making and at the intersection of documentary cinema and digital storytelling. In recent years, Upian has produced or co-produced some of the most highly regarded web documentaries, including La cité des mortes, Thanatorama and Gaza Sderot, the project with which Brachet put the interactive documentary on the map. In the spring of 2010, Upian presented Prison Valley, a new kind of interactive road movie: a journey into the American prison industry, directed by Philippe Brault and David Dufresne and co-produced by French TV channel Arte. Alongside its production activities, Upian is also a successful web agency, creating websites for brands and media. In June 2008, Upian opened a contemporary art gallery next door to its offices.
Mawaan Rizwan (UK)
Online presenter/producer / presenter at Battlefront
Self-made YouTube sensation Mawaan Rizwan (20) recently graduated from the industry-funded film training initiative Second Light, where he developed his skills in screenwriting and directing. “I write, perform and edit my own online comedy show, which has 47,063 online subscribers and over 10.5 million views on YouTube. My ambition is to look for unique stories and characters. I want to find more quirky stories covering themes such as immigration, cultural differences and disoriented families. I want to travel the globe, meet people, learn and creatively engage with different lifestyles and cultures while finding humour in everyday life.”
Willemijn Maas (NL)
AVRO (Algemene Vereniging Radio Omroep or “General Association of Radio Broadcasting”) is a Dutch public broadcasting association operating within the framework of the the Netherlands Public Broadcasting, the name used in the Netherlands to refer to the country’s public-service broadcasting system as a whole; it is used, for instance, as the name of the joint portal coordinated by the NPO on behalf of all the broadcasting associations.
Willemijn is known for het efforts to involve makers into programming the channel. She is also working on reviving the old Film Museum in Amsterdam, changing it into a lively place where young makers can develop their ideas into projects.
Mark Reid (UK)
Head of Education at the British Film Institute
BFI Education and Learning exists to reach out to audiences new to specialist, independent, archive and art film and other forms of moving image media throughout the UK.
The Education and Learning team at the BFI aims to:
- Educate audiences about the historical, formal and geographical diversity of the moving image, while developing their critical and creative skills, and, where appropriate, training educators who work with audiences.
- Facilitate engagement with BFI programmes for our audiences – from the core to the marginal – through our cinemas, Mediatheque, Gallery, and online.
- Advocate for the moving image in education, and for education in film, through public debate, lobbying and campaigning, where possible backed by evidence from research which we either conduct, gather, or disseminate.
- Innovate by developing, trialling, and evaluating new ways of engaging audiences in education about film.
- Collaborate where possible with partners locally and nationally, in film, culture and education.
Above all we value experiences with film that are transformative: that is, that change people, ideas, and organisational approaches and practices.
Gokce Su Yogurtcuoglu (Turkey)
Founder/producer/director at MODE Istanbul (one of Doc Next Networks hub organizations) and producer/Director at Resfest Turkey.
MODE ISTANBUL is a motion pictures and digital arts initiative which organises cultural, social and educational activities such as film screenings, exhibitions, video workshops and seminars. By supporting artists of different ages and backgrounds and contributing to various creative productions, MODE ISTANBUL inspires cultural dialogues that go beyond borders and generations, and encourages further film, video and animation productions through strengthening the networks between audience and filmmakers.
Paulina Capala (Poland)
Directing Manager at Association of the Creative Initiatives “ę”
Since 2002, the Association of the Creative Initiatives ‘ę’ has been conducting social projects and workshops across Poland that seek to educate and inspire young people to be creative in artistic activities such as film, photography and theatre. The Association of the Creative Initiatives ‘ę’ supports new media makers, cultural animators, non-governmental organisations, teachers and artists in discovering passions, facing new challenges and realising ideas in the cultural sphere.
Ruben Diaz Lopez (Spain)
Co-founder en co-director of ZEMOS98
ZEMOS98 is a creative cultural management team that focuses on new narrative forms such as internet, digital video, internet radio and weblogs, and produces cultural events dealing with communication, education and digital culture issues. ZEMOS98 has been responsible for research and training projects in various formats such as seminars, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, courses, debates, projections and audio-visual concerts.
Matthew Cuzner (UK)
Project Manager at British Film Institute
The British Film Institute (BFI) promotes the understanding and appreciation of film and television heritage and culture. The BFI maintains the world’s richest and most significant collection of film and television, and is the UK’s leading body for film. The BFI backs a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity thrive through connecting audiences with the widest choice of cinema, investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work, promoting British talent to the world and supporting the next generation of filmmakers and audiences.