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15:15-15:45

Tuesday, March 29

SHIFTING POWER

Competencies. Material. Money. Networks. From funding up to distribution, gatekeepers control every step of the film ecosystem. How can we accountably re-distribute power and give access to emerging authors with first-hand, authentic narratives from all around the Globe?

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15:45-16:45

Tuesday, March 29

MY STORY, YOUR STORY, OUR STORY: SHARING THE POWER OF CREATION

Authenticity, Representation, Inclusiveness or Accountability are neither buzzwords nor utopias. The two case studies of The Territory and The Sacred of Kamukuwaká frame how sharing creative power helps to enhance authentic stories, and how collaboration – from sound to camera work – can bring a voice to those who own the story.

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17:00-18:00

Tuesday, March 29

BEYOND COURAGE: TRAUMA-INFORMED STORYTELLING

Who has control and power matter in every documentary genre. But in films that deal with violence, the risks to vulnerable contributors are far higher. What does it really take for filmmakers to work sensitively and effectively with people who courageously bring their trauma into public light?

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15:00-15:30

Wednesday, March 30

SEISMIC CHANGE, SYSTEMIC CHANGE: HOW TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF FUNDING

Do we have a funding system enabling us to get the future we want? What needs to be changed to ensure more equality, diverse and representative stories in a world we want more just? A systemic change needs a collective effort, but it may start with personal initiative. A producer shares his journey.

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15:30-16:30

Wednesday, March 30

PUBLIC BROADCASTERS & EQUITY FUNDING: OPPONENTS OR COMPLEMENTS?

A debate for a better funding system between a public service broadcaster and private equity: what are the (dis-)advantages of traditional funding sources, like public service broadcasters’ money, and which new equity funding sources are sound options for documentary filmmakers? Are these compatible?

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16:45-18:00

Wednesday, March 30

THE NEW SOURCES AND MODELS OF FUNDING

Can agents attending markets help you find money for your project? Do banks have a role to play? How can filmmakers access funding through VCs? Is NFT an option to fund documentaries? We explore ways, tools and models to finance documentary film production beyond broadcasters and funding bodies, now and in the very next future.

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15:00-15:30

Thursday, March 31

TOWARDS A REAL GOLDEN AGE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

“Golden Age of Documentary” is an often mentioned cliché, but we are far away from a wealthy sector – not even talking about the huge disparities in the economic results. How can we change the status quo? What would it take to make a real golden age happen with more abundance and less scarcity?

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15:30-16:30

Thursday, March 31

THE FACETS OF SUCCESS FROM VISIBILITY TO SOCIAL IMPACT

From sales, to views and critiques, up to creating long-lasting change – what are the parameters for a film to be considered successful? Who sets the criterias to measure the success of films and their filmmakers? This session will challenge and recalibrate the relationship we have with success.

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16:45-17:30

Thursday, March 31

SINGLE PROJECTS VS. SUSTAINABLE CAREERS: THE REAL PATH TO SUCCESS

Successful film projects are great, but are they enough to sustain a career? Not many documentary filmmakers can “„make it“ without compromising on their values, stories or ethics. We need to move away from mere project funding for a possibly new system to support and facilitate successful careers.

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17:30-18:00

Thursday, March 31

WHAT'S SUCCESS, ANYWAY?

What does it mean to be a successful documentary filmmaker in todays’ society – for the filmmakers,  but also for society? Renzo Martens, known for his artistic critique on economic inequality, will give a final keynote to shift views about documentary filmmaking and its impact, way beyond the screen.

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