Impact Day

Filmmakers, producers, NGOs, organizations and foundations are invited to participate in the FIFDH Impact Day. An event whose objective is to find find potential alliances and strategies that will increase the quality and results of their joint actions to have a positive impact on the world we live in.

A look back at the 2021 Impact Day

 

The FIFDH, international leading human rights film festival, is held each year in March in Geneva, a city where over 750 NGOs and international organizations actively work and advocate to promote human rights and protect human rights activists worldwide. In 2019 the FIFDH launched the Impact Day. The Impact Day’s activities are divided into two categories: the training and networking events, addressed to selected filmmakers with a project and to changemakers (International organizations, NGOs and foundations), and the public activities, addressed to every filmmaker or organisation interested in impact production.

 

> Further reading : "72 Hours" wins the 2021 FIFDH Impact Day Award

 

Projects selected to participate in the Impact Day 2021

Among the 131 documentary projects received from 70 countries (considering production and co-production territories), 16 have ultimately been selected to participate at the Impact Day 2021. They come from 19 countries from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 50% of the films are directed by female directors, 31% by male directors, and 19% are co-directed by teams of male and female directors.

The topics cover a wide range of the most urgent issues: from death penalty in Belarus to human rights abuses in Libya’s detention centers; from children trafficking in India to indigenous activism in the Amazon and the Philippines; from corporate responsibility in countries as Guatemala or Switzerland to forced displacement and land rights in Europe, among others.

 

72 Hours

Directed by: Anna Savchenko

Produced by: Play Time Films (Belgium), SaNoSi Productions (France) and Volia Films (Estonia)

Big Little Women

Directed by: Nadia Fares

Produced by: Framevox (Switzerland)

Forbidden

Directed by: Anelise Salan

Produced by: East Movies and The L Studio Film (Romania)

From The Shadows

Directed by: Miriam Chandy

Produced by: Filament Pictures Pvt Ltd (India), Bricolagista! and Film Independent (USA)

Holding The Sky (working title)

Directed by: Pieter Van Eecke

Produced by: Clin d’Oeil Films (Belgium) and Een van de jongens (Netherlands)

Kamay

Directed and produced by: Ilyash Yourish and Shahrokh Bikaran (Afghanistan)

Libya, No Escape From Hell

Produced by: Magneto (France)

Mala Aria

Directed by: Sandrina Koppitz

Produced by: Elemag Pictures (Germany)

Paradise

Directed by: Karl Malakunas

Produced by: Thoughtful Robot Productions (USA) and Storytellers International (Philippines)

Testament

Directed by: Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu

Produced by: AfroFilms International (Kenya), Twende Pictures (USA) and Muiraquitã Films (Brazil)

The Last Nomads

Directed by: Biljana Tutorov and Petar Glomazić

Produced by: Wake Up Films (Serbia), Cut-Up Production (Montenegro), Kinematograf (Croatia) and Syndicado (Canada)

The Mine

Directed by: Nadine Pequeneza and Carla Molina

Produced by: HitPlay Productions (Canada)

To See You Again

Directed by: Carolina Corral Paredes

Produced by: Amate Films (Mexico)

Urban Genesis

Directed by: Dodo Hunziker

Produced by: Doklab (Switzerland)

Who’s Complaining?

Directed by: Roland Chauville and Tay Blyth-Kubota

Produced by: Les Productions du Noyer (Switzerland)

Why Plastic?

Directed by: Louise Kjeldsen, Carsten Stomer and Kate Godfrey

Produced by: Plus Pictures and The Why Foundation (Denmark), a&o Buero (Germany) and Renegade Pictures (UK)

In March, after attending the online workshop to shape their impact strategies, the selected films’ teams will present their projects and attached campaigns to a wide range of NGOs and Foundations representatives with the aim of building synergies to make impact through the power of films.

An international selection committee greatly contributed with their expertise to identify the projects that will be part of the FIFDH Impact Day 2021:

  • Farah Fayed, Manager of GOOD PITCH Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Khushbooh Ranka, Director, Producer and Impact Producer (India)
  • Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen, Forum & Impact Manager at Nordisk Panorama (Sweden)
  • Paulina Suárez, General Director of Ambulante Festival (Mexico)
  • Edgar Hagen, Head of Documentary Film Directing at FOCAL (Switzerland)

 


The FIFDH Impact Day is organised in collaboration with:

With the support of:

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Laura Longobardi
Head of Partnerships and Impact Day
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Ana Castañosa
Impact Day Project Manager
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Karolina Johansson
Impact Day Project Manager
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Key dates

27 January 2021

  • Online webinar for selected film teams and observers

28 January 2021

  • Online webinar for selected film teams only

8 March 2021 

  • Impact Lab for selected film teams only

9 March 2021 

  • Informative session for NGOs and Organizations wanting to engage with films
  • One-to-one meetings between selected film teams and NGOs and organisations

 


Previous editions

> Impact Day 2020

> Impact Day 2019

> Participating Organisations