Sixteen strong documentary film projects from all over the world have been selected to take part in the 2021 edition of the FIFDH Impact Day. The creative teams behind each of these films will attend a three-part Lab, in which experienced filmmakers and impact producers will help them develop impact goals and strategies for their own films, as well as guide them in collaborating with NGOs and other organisations outside of the film field.
Webinar, Wednesday 27 January
15:00 CET | WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
- Laura Longobardi, Head of Impact Day and Partnerships, FIFDH
15:15 | OPENING KEYNOTE - A Vision for Accountable Storytelling: From Beginning to End
- Natalie Bullock Brown, filmmaker/professor and lead StoryShift Strategist for Working Films
15:45 | PRESENTATION - A pathway to impact production: how do you create social or environmental change with your documentary film?
- Nicole van Schaik, Director of Development, Doc Society
16:30 | PRESENTATION - Cinema as Human Rights Practice: The Skylight Model. Don’t believe it when people say “you can’t change the world”!
- Paco de Onís, Executive Director and Executive Producer, Skylight
- Pamela Yates, Co-founder and Creative Director, Skylight
17:25 | PANEL DISCUSSION - The role of philanthropy in financing film impact production.
- Cara Mertes, Project Director, Moving Image Strategies, International Programs, Ford Foundation.
- Willem Lenders, Programme Officer, Democracy and Media Foundation
- Josefine Lindström, Project Manager, Swedish Postcode Foundation
- moderated by Nicole van Schaik, Director of Development, Doc Society
18:30 | END OF SESSION
14:00 CET | PLENARY
- Introduction by FIFDH Impact Day team
- Tour de table of the tutors with a 2-minute introduction by each tutor
- Tour de table of the film teams with a 2-minute introduction by each team
15:00 | CASE STUDIES
- Thank You For The Rain
- Who Is Dayani Cristal
- Borneo Case
16:00 | BREAK-OUT GROUPS TO WORK ON PROJECTS
18:15 | END OF SESSION
The Impact Lab for the selected films’ teams will continue in groups during this module. It will specifically target preparations for their one-to-one meetings the following day with strategically selected changemakers.
Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings between the selected films’ teams and changemakers (representatives of NGOs, foundations, international organisations, philanthropists, etc.) who share a common interest in similar issues and causes.
Vanessa Cuervo Forero is Doc Society’s Good Pitch Program Manager for Latin America. She is also a facilitator in the Global Impact Producers Group, running training programs for filmmakers and Impact Producers across the continent. Vanessa has worked with cultural institutions including Skylight, Historias en Kilómetros, DOCCO, Creative Time, Elastic City, The New Museum and the Laundromat Project. Her latest impact collaborations include Sumercé, the first film to virtually premiere during the pandemic in Colombia.
Paco de Onís is the Executive Director and Executive Producer of Skylight, a nonprofit human rights media organization dedicated to advancing social justice through films and media tools applied in long-term strategies. One such strategy is SolidariLabs, Skylight's model for creating human rights media ecosystems composed of filmmakers, artists, technologists and human rights defenders, aimed at building networks to promote social justice.
Nicole van Schaik strategizes with filmmakers and impact producers on how to use their films as strategic tools for social or environmental change. For the Good Pitch program and Doc Society as a whole, she brokers partnerships with organizations from across civil society, including foundations, philanthropists, NGOs, brands, policymakers, activists, technology innovators and media.
Emily Wanja is currently running the East Africa impact campaign dubbed We Can Fight Climate Change for the feature documentary Thank you for the Rain. In conjunction with Docubox (East Africa Documentary Film Fund) and Ground Volume International, she works with policy makers, private stakeholders, civil society and communities, using film as a tool to drive and accelerate social change.
Pamela Yates is the co-founder and Creative Director of Skylight, a nonprofit human rights media organization dedicated to advancing social justice through films and media tools using collaborative networks of artists and activists. An award-winning director and producer, she is currently working on Borderland, a documentary highlighting instances of American resistance to the inhumane immigration policies enacted along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The FIFDH Impact Day is organised in collaboration with:
With the support of: