Docs from the inside: Hairy BY ANKA SCHMID

This new format is meant as an invitation to share the very personal process of filmmaking from project development to shooting and editing, from within and during the process itself. Why did the filmmaker take certain decisions on the way, which options were left behind? An intimate snapshot about doubts, constraints and solutions around the essay-film Hairy (working title) by Anka Schmid.

In English | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Village du Réel – Le Club

Sa 22 April 2017 – 14:30-15:30

Speakers: 
Franziska Reck, producer, Reck Filmproduktion (CH) 
Anka Schmid, filmmaker (CH)

How do I tell my story? 

Narrative strategies in documentary filmmaking - with Tamara Trampe and Cornelia Klauss

What should your story be, and why and how should you tell it? A documentary film needs more than a relevant topic or interesting protagonists. All material demands an original narrative approach, an adequate form and a stance towards the subject that permeates the film. Journalism prioritises objectivity and offers answers. In creative documentary film, however, it is the questions which create tension. The guiding principle is subjectivity.

Tamara Trampe and Cornelia Klauss ask how we can reach this subjectivity with our material and develop a unique individual style. In this workshop dialogue, they distill the essence of their experience as filmmakers and dramatic advisers.

Discussion followed by an aperitif offered ARF/FDS.

In German with English translation | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Colombière Grande Salle

Su 23 April 2017 – 10:30-14:30 

With: Tamara Trampe, dramaturg, filmmaker and author (D), Cornelia Klauss, dramaturg, filmmaker and author (D)

Partners: FOCAL, ARF/FDS

Virtual Reality

Case Studies

Notes on Blindness: Into Darkness
Speaker: Lili Blumers (ARTE, F)
An immersive virtual reality project based on John Hull’s sensory and psychological experience of blindness
Chernobyl VR
Speaker: Wojciech Pazdur (The Farm 51, PL)
A virtual tour showing the aftermath of the biggest environmental disaster caused by humans, combining video games with educational and movie narrative software
Forced From Home
Speaker: William D. McMaster (VISUALISE, UK)
A 360° video documentary to give displaced people a voice and create a humanising connection with viewers


Discussion: Docu-VR: a new genre?

The last two years have seen the explosion of VR in most media industries: games, marketing and entertainment being at the forefront. Some will debate if “experiencing reality” is possible through headsets, and even ethical, others will see in this medium the chance to touch the public at a very instinctive and emotional level. A curse or an opportunity? In this panel, we will explore what VR really brings to the table for documentary makers. What are the five-year trends, factual teleportation, multiple players, maybe sensory learning? Come to expand your documentary reality, and join the debate.

In English | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Colombière Grande Salle

Case studies: Su 23 April 2017 – 14:30 - 15:45
Discussion: Su 23 April 2017 – 16:00 - 17:30

Moderator: 
Sandra Gaudenzi, i-Docs Co-director (UK)

Speakers: 
Lili Blumers, Commissioning editor, ARTE Web Department (F)
Wojciech Pazdur, The Farm 51 (PL)
William D. McMaster, VISUALISE (UK)


Post-production funds and how to use them in the best way

More and more producers and filmmakers are looking for postproduction funding and exposure as a significant part of their financing plan. Representatives of the Doha Film Institute and Venice Production Bridge talk about their funds and the do’s and dont’s when applying. What are the expectations on both sides and how can independent producers make use of those opportunities in the best way? How should they integrate those funds into their financing plan and manage their production planning? How can the fact of being selected and awarded by a fund give filmmakers and producers a better position in the current competitive documentary world?

In English | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Colombière Grande Salle

Mo 24 April 2017 – 10:00-11:30

Moderator: 
Marek Hovorka, Director, Jihlava IDFF & Jihlava Film Fund (CZ)

Speakers:
Khalil Benkirane, Doha Film Institute (QA)
Francesco Giai Via, Venice Production Bridge / Venice Film Festival (I)


Should the protagonists of creative documentaries be paid?

Protagonists are at the core of most documentaries. They are not actors but they actively participate in the creative process of the filmmaking through their personal implication, sometimes during years of shooting. Should protagonists get paid for their participation in the film? Experts will discuss the ethical, practical and legal aspects involved in this question.

In English | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Colombière Grande Salle

Mo 24 April 2017 – 14:00-15:30

Moderator:
Pascaline Sordet, journalist, Cinébulletin (CH)

Speakers: 
Stéphane Breton, filmmaker & ethnologist (F)
Lech Kowalski, filmmaker (PL)
Franziska Reck, producer, Reck Filmproduktion (CH)

Partners: Cinébulletin, SSA/SUISSIMAGE


How to speak in public

You have to pitch or present your film, open a festival, give an award acceptance speech, or do well in a Q&A, interview, press conference or as a guest on a podium. This workshop is open for all people of the film industry. You will learn what is important to be successful and convincing. The workshop contains input, exercises and tips & tricks.

In English and French | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Village du Réel – Le Club

Mo 24 April 2017 – 15:30-17:00

Speaker: Christine Loriol, coach & trainer (CH)


How to develop your audience using journalistic skills

Engaging audiences and planning communication strategies can both benefit from using journalistic skills. How can interviewing techniques help us to identify a film’s ‘heart’ and use it in the communication strategy? How to make documentaries more accessible by drawing on current affairs and issues of public interest? How to talk to journalists about the film’s themes? How to develop strategic alliances outside the documentary film industry and expand screening and distribution channel options? Matching real-world stories with real-world public interest: Practical tips and case studies.

In English | All Accredited welcome

Where, When, Who?

Village du Réel – Forum

Tu 25 April 2017 – 14:00-15:00

Speaker: Dimitra Kouzi (GR) 


“Updating the Archives”: When documentary makes use of archival images

Reminders from the past, archival images bear a visual witness of what has once existed. Presenting the “real”, they are potentially precious for documentary creation. From a practical point of view, the images, whether preserved in personal or institutional archives, suffer degradations throughout the years and may end up in oblivion. Therefore, they need to be restored and re-contextualized for use in contemporary documentary production. Ethical questions are raised on the use of archival images, as well as their rights clearing status. This roundtable aims to shed light on how the practical and aesthetical aspects intertwine in a documentary film production process.

In English | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Colombière DOCM Lab 2

Tu 25 April 2017 – 17:00-18:30

Moderator: 
Maral Mohsenin, Cinémathèque suisse (CH)

Speakers:
Michel Dind, Head of Film Archive, Cinémathèque Suisse (CH)
Martin Koerber, Head of Film Archive, Deutsche Kinemathek (D)
Susana de Sousa Dias, filmmaker (PT)
Werner Schweizer, Producer & Filmmaker, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion (CH) 


Audience Engagement for Documentaries

Most documentaries tackle strong topics that are particularly adapted to early audience engagement. The right strategy combined with effective use of social networks allows filmmakers and producers to connect with their audiences and build a community of followers. Through practical tips, examples and case studies, this talk will explore the world of social media marketing for documentaries. 

In English | All accredited welcome

Where, When, Who?

Colombière DOCM Lab 2

We 26 April 2017 – 11:00-12:30

Speaker: Mathias Noschis, marketing strategist, Alphapanda (D/UK) 


Doc & Art

Producing films at the boundaries between cinema and contemporary art  

An exchange of experiences on the differences and similarities between production and distribution in the fields of visual artist films and cinema. How to reinvent production, filmmaking and distribution models depending on the nature of the film? What are the institutions and potential partners to collaborate with throughout the whole process. How to combine funding and distribution opportunities from both the film industry and the contemporary art scene?

In English | Open to the public

Where, When, Who?

Colombière DOCM Lab 2

Th 27 April 2017 – 16:30-18:00

Moderator: 
Emilie Bujès, Deputy Artistic Director, Visions du Réel (CH)

Speakers: 
Marie Logie, producer, Auguste Orts (B)
Olga Rozenblum, producer, red shoes | SOME SHOES (F)