For decades, documentaries were tailored for television or theatrical release. Now filmmakers are testing out new formats – from episodic series to interactive projects. On the third day of the conference, we turn the spotlight on new platforms and new ways of reaching audiences. From Netflix to YouTube, Whatsapp and Facebook Watch. Meet among others Benjamin Cotner (Director, Original Documentaries, Netflix, US), filmmakers Chapman Way & Maclain behind the coming Netflix series ‘Wild, Wild Country’, and hear how the popular photo blog Humans of New York was developed as a serial for Facebook Watch by the Oscar-nominated producer Julie Goldman.

Date: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 10:00 – 17:00
Location: Social Cinema
Kunsthal Charlottenborg

The day is curated and hosted by:

Thom Powers, Artistic Director, DOC NYC; Documentary Programmer TIFF; Host of Pure Nonfiction podcast, USA

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival; co-founder and artistic director of America’s largest documentary festival DOC NYC; and host of the podcasts Pure Nonfiction and WNYC Documentary of the Week. He created the screening series Stranger Than Fiction at New York’s IFC Center in 2005. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a documentary filmmaker.




Opening Keynote: Thom Powers

In the lead-up to the CPH:CONFERENCE, Thom Powers made an informal survey of documentary makers asking what they see as the creative and business potential of new formats. He shares their feedback with the most current thinking on expectations and cautions for 2018 and beyond.


Sam Green on Live Documentaries

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green has created several “live documentaries,” combining his monologue with film clips, often with musicians on stage. His latest project is “A Thousand Thoughts” with the Kronos Quartet. He’ll discuss the creative and practical aspects to pulling off these events.

Sam Green


Innovating Style with Non-Fiction Stories

Three directors of new films at CPH – Sandi Tan (“Shirkers”), RaMell Ross (“Hale County: This Morning, This Evening”) and Barbara Visser (“The End of Fear”) – discuss how they took unconventional approaches to telling their stories.

Sandi Tan
Director & Producer

Ramell Ross

Barbara Visser
The Netherlands


Cinetic Media’s Dana O’Keefe on the Documentary Marketplace

Cinetic Media’s Dana O’Keefe, based in Stockholm & NYC, has over 15 years experience making distribution deals for documentaries such as “Strong Island,” “The Square,” and “Senna.” He shares his perspective on the changing doc marketplace.

Dana O’Keefe
Sales Agent
Cinetic Media


Ian Roth on YouTube Red

Ian Roth (Unscripted Lead, YouTube Originals) looks after features and series for YouTube’s free and subscription offerings. He will discuss ways the platform has worked with doc filmmakers on projects like Barbara Kopple’s “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” and new docs in production.

Ian Roth
Unscripted Lead
YouTube Originals


Julie Goldman on Producing for Facebook Watch

Julie Goldman has produced acclaimed documentaries including Oscar-nominated “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and “Life, Animated” as well as a short-form series for Facebook Watch adapting the popular blog “Humans of New York.” She discusses what filmmakers should anticipate in working on new platforms.

Julie Goldman
Motto Pictures


Nicolette Nol on Producing for Whatsapp & Snapchat

Nicolette Nol works for the innovation department of Dutch public Broadcaster KRO-NCRV. She’ll discuss her documentary-style works on social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Snapchat including the interactive project “We are Lit” engaging a teenage audience on the subject of bullying.

Nicolette Nol
Creative producer
KRO-NCRV/The Media Brothers
The Netherlands


Case Study of Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country”

The 6-part documentary series “Wild Wild Country,” on a religious cult accused of crimes, debuts on Netflix on March 16 after a critically acclaimed Sundance premiere. Filmmakers Maclain Way and Chapman Way join Netflix executive producer Benjamin Cotner to discuss taking on an episodic format.

Ben Cotner
Director, Original Documentary Programming

Chapman Way
Stardust Frames Productions

Maclain Way
Stardust Frames Productions

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