Opening scenes lab is a special programme for the 16 filmmakers invited to the opening scenes section of the festival, dedicated to first short films or student films. Accompanied by 2 tutors, the filmmakers get the opportunity to get better acquainted with the international market for documentaries and its decision makers, to look for distribution for their short film as well as to meet potential partners for their next project.

They will take part in several networking events, always guided and accompanied by their tutors. Such events are the New Generation Drinks where they can connect with other film students from Germany, Italy and Switzerland and the daily Magic Hours.

Before they meet festival representatives from all over the world at Meet the Festivals, they will receive an introduction to methods of developing a festival strategy for their film.

A breakfast with producers attending the festival will enable them to discuss specific questions about documentary production – development, production and editing - and maybe find a partner for a new project.

Last but not least, several specialised short film distributors and festivals have been invited in order to discuss opportunities and challenges for the distribution of short films.

For more information about the Opening Scenes competition, please check our Sections & Awards pages.

Opening Scenes 2019 Awards


Le IDFA Talent Award va à MARS, OMAN de Vanessa Del Campo Gatell. Félicitations! Elle est invitée à la prochaine édition d'IDFA pour participer à un programme sur mesure au sein de IDFA Industry et à participer à des activités de formation (frais de voyage & de logement couverts).


Le Prix Tënk va à DEAD SEA DYING, de Katharina Rabl et Rebecca Zehr. Le prix: achat des droits de diffusion pour le film et résidence de montage pour les réalisatrices. Félicitations!


Le Prix de la Fondation Culturelle Meta va au court métrage ANGOR PECTORIS, de Sophie Dascal. Félicitations! La réalisatrice est invitée pour une résidence de cinéma créatif à Slon (Roumanie).