Today, the most important types of media platforms for our films (cinemas, TV and web platforms), as well as the viewers’ habits are changing. How will these changes affect creative documentaries and how can documentary filmmakers respond to them?

We will study these issues in three steps. With representatives of this field, we will define what kind of films we wish to see and make and to figure out what kind of importance documentary films have within a social discourse. With TV editors and financial backers, we will imagine new ways in which we may collaborate together. Finally, we hope to evaluate how feature documentary films may find their audience and what their production chain could look like. We will also investigate on how supporting institutions can adapt to these changes within the creative documentary world.

In collaboration with FOCAL & Aropa.

Followed by a drink offered by ARF / FDS.


Steven Artels
Documentary Unit Manager, RTS – Switzerland

Urs Augstburger
Documentary Coproduction Manager, RTS SSR Pact - Switzerland

Jean-Marie Barbe
Tënk – France

Joëlle Bertossa
Producer, Close Up Films – Switzerland

Frank Braun
Program Manager, Neugass Kino SA – Switzerland

Isabelle Christiaens
Commissioning Editor / Head of Documentary Coproductions, RTBF – Belgium

Martin Gousset
Producer, Point du Jour - France

Susa Katz
Deputy Director General, Zürcher Filmstiftung - Switzerland

Ivo Kummer
Director of the Cinema Section, Office fédéral de la culture - Switzerland

Orwa Nyrabia
Artistic Director, IDFA - Netherlands

Gérard Ruey
General Secretary, Cinéforom - Switzerland

Audrius Stonys
Film Director, Representative of Lithuania, Eurimages - Lithuania


David Bernet
Author, Director, Producer & member of AGDOK committee - Germany


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