Impact Day

The 2020 FIFDH Impact Day is canceled.
Some films have the power to effect long-lasting change in our society. To strengthen the potential of cinematic storytelling as a tool for social and cultural change, the FIFDH has created the Impact Day. Filmmakers, producers, NGOs and foundations are invited to participate in this event where the goal is to find potential alliances and strategies that will increase the quality and results of films' impact campaigns.

Impact Day Programme - 10 March 2020

Théâtre Pitoëff

8:15 – 9:15

Registration and welcome coffee

9:15 – 13:00

  • Welcome and Introduction by Laura Longobardi, Head of Impact Day

  • Opening Keynote "Letter to Tomorrow: The Cultural Imperative"

           Cara Mertes, Project Director, Moving Image Strategies, International Programs, Ford Foundation.

  • Case Study "The Power of Pilm & Finding Partners"

           Ilse van Velzen, Impact producer & Filmmaker, and Iolanda Jaquemet,

           World Organization Against Torture (OMCT).

  • Case Study "The Silence of Others: Impact Case Study"

           Almudena Carracedo, filmmaker and producer The Silence of Others

  • Presentation "The Art (and Ethos) of Collaboration: the Ecosystem of Change"

           Ellen Schneider, Active Voice Lab


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 

  • Masterclass "Cinema as Human Rights Practice: the Skylight model"

           Paco de Onis, co-founder of Skylight Pictures


Le Promenoir

15:30 – 17:30
Meet the changemakers

International NGOs institutions present their work and priority issues and connect with filmmakers working on similar themes.

List of confirmed organizations up-to-date:

Aide et Action -

Chaîne de Bonheur - 

Defense for Children International -

Fondation Hirondelle - 

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) - 

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) - 

Save the children - 

World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) - 


Café Babel

14:30 – 17:30

One-to-One meetings with NGOs and funders (ONLY for pre-selected projects)

18:00 – 19:00 Closing cocktail and best Impact project prize presentatio

Are you a filmmaker or producer?

If you are producing or directing a documentary film about social or environmental issues that need to be urgently addressed, and if you think your film has the power to effect change, the Impact Day is the place to be on 10 March 2020.

Whether you’ve already developed the impact campaign around your film, or you’re willing to do so, at the Impact Day you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced filmmakers and connect with key strategical partners that will help you finance and implement your impact campaigns, as well as circulate your films in strategical, non-traditional circuits.

For the 2020 FIFDH Impact Lab we have selected 25 documentary projects from around the world, driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, and with strong potential to create real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time. The international selection committee greatly contributed with time and expertise to identify the projects that should be part of the FIFDH Impact Lab 2020:

  • Nicole Van Schaik, Director of Development at Doc Society (UK)
  • Lea Maria Strandbaek Sørensen, Impact and Workshop Manager at Nordisk Panorama (Denmark)
  • Kushbooh Ranka, producer and director (An Insignificant Man) (India)
  • Almudena Carracedo (Spain) and Robert Bahar (United States), filmmakers and producers (The Silence Of Others)
  • Edgar Hagen, filmmaker and Head of Documentaries at FOCAL (Switzerland)

>Discover the list of selected projects

The selected film teams will participate in the Impact Lab (March 9th), where they will receive mentorship for their impact strategy and coaching on how to pitch their project to potential partners outside the documentary industry. On Tuesday, during the Impact Day, they will attend curated meetings with key players (NGOs, institutions and Foundations) working on their issues in order to pitch their impact campaign and find partners and funders that could help them implement it.

Filmmakers and producers who do not have a project selected in the program, as well as NGO representatives, will also find a number of interesting events at the Impact Day. Check out the entire programme below.


Do you work for a non-governmental organisation or a foundation?

Come meet filmmakers from all around the world who are telling stories that are relevant to your field of work. With high quality storytelling and production, these films are intended to effect change. Together with your organization's knowledge and expertise, you can find common ground to start working on campaigns that will make a difference.

"Inspiration", "exceptional visual storytelling" and "strong partnerships" are some of the concepts that were repeated throughout the last edition of Impact Day.


Register now!

Participate in the Impact Day by requesting an Industry or NGO Pass:



Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us:


The FIFDH Impact Day is organised in collaboration with Doc Society, Fonction : CinemaAROPA, Nordisk Panorama, Fipadoc and Skylight Pictures

Contact us

Laura Longobardi
Head of Impact Day Programme
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