Are you involved in non-fiction filmmaking and interested in learning more about how your film can contribute to the advancement of human rights and social justice ? Leading experts and award-winning filmmakers share their experiences and know-how on how films can change mindsets, behaviours and structures, when put in the right context and connected with strategic changemakers.
Launched in 2019 as the Industry programme of the FIFDH, the Impact Day brings together filmmakers, producers, NGOs, organizations and philanthropists, with the aim of finding alliances and developing strategies to improve the results of their joint actions in having a positive impact on the world we live in.
Each year, we choose strong documentary projects for this programme which tackle human rights and social issues from around the world and have the potential to bring about positive change in our societies. The creative teams behind these films join the Impact Lab, where experienced filmmakers and impact producers help them develop the impact goals and strategies for their own films, and guide them on collaborating with NGOs and other organisations outside of the film field.
For 2021, the first part of this Lab was held online on 27 January, from 3pm to 6.30pm CET and opened to external observers in the film industry who wished to learn more about how their films can contribute to the advancement of human rights and social justice. Discover the programme below.
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
Below a selection of the 2021 FIFDH programme specially curated for filmmakers wishing to use the power of storytelling to operate a concrete change into society.
Internationally renowned committed filmmakers will speak about their engagement and their activism through their cinematic work:
Natalie Bullock Brown is an award-winning producer, Teaching Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at North Carolina State University and StoryShift Strategist for Working Films. She regularly contributes to the #BackChannel segment on the North Carolina public radio program, The State of Things, and has served as co-host of Black Issues Forum, a public affairs program of UNC-TV, North Carolina’s statewide public television network.
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.
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.
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.
Cara Mertes is Project Director of the Ford Foundation’s Moving Image Strategies. She works with 10 regional offices to design and implement visual storytelling approaches linked to the foundation’s international strategies. Previously, she was director of JustFilms, the foundation’s creative documentary portfolio supporting artist-led films, strengthening organizations and networks and developing inclusive leadership and resources in this field.
Willem Lenders is Programme Officer at the Democracy and Media Foundation. Willem assesses applications from the regular open call as well as actively seeking out initiatives that contribute to the aims of the Democracy and Media Foundation. In addition, he coordinates the foundation’s website and proposal registration system.
Josefine Lindström is a Project Manager at the Swedish Postcode Foundation, which focuses on projects in the fields of culture, cultural heritage, democracy and human rights. Josefine’s previous experience includes similar work at the Swedish Postcode Culture Foundation, and missions in the field of culture as a means for peaceful and sustainable societies at Sida (Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation).
The FIFDH Impact Day is organised in collaboration with:
With the support of: