Programme for selected participants


Seize projets documentaires captivants du monde entier, en fin de production ou, récemment terminés, ont été sélectionnés pour participer à l'édition 2022 des FIFDH Impact Days.  

Les équipes créatives derrière chacun de ces films participeront à un Impact Lab, qui se déploiera à travers plusieurs modules en ligne entre janvier et mars 2022. Des cinéastes et producteur·trices d'impact expérimenté·es les aideront à établir des objectifs et des stratégies d'impact pour leurs films et les guideront dans leur collaboration avec les ONGs et d’autres organisations en dehors du domaine cinématographique.

Le Lab se termine par des rencontres ciblées entre les équipes sélectionnées et des représentant·es d'ONG, d'organisations internationales et de philanthropes travaillant sur des problématiques similaires à celles développées dans les films, ce qui développera les collaborations et les actions communes et multipliera leur impact potentiel.

Programme FIFDH Impact Days 2022 - PART ONE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 25

Impact Filmmaking For Human Rights
Advancing human rights movements with non-fiction storytelling

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  • Laura Longobardi, Head of Impact and Industry, FIFDH

15:15 | OPENING KEYNOTE – Storyteller vs. Storybeing: 3 Things Filmmakers Do To Have Transformational (not transactional) Impact Campaigns

  • Ani Mercedes, Impact producer, founder Looky Looky Pictures

16:15 | CASE STUDIES – Some recent examples of successful impact campaigns

  • Nicole van Schaik, Director of Development, Doc Society

17:00 | BREAK

17:15  | What is an Impact producer and What (the hell) is GIPA?  

  • Naomi Walker, Global Impact Producers’ Network Coordinator

17:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION – How can we create a more sustainable eco-system in impact funding in these times of crisis? – Moderated by Naomi Walker -

  • Cara Mertes, Founding Executive Director, International Resource for Impact & Storytelling (IRIS)
  • Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Executive Director, InMaat Foundation
  • Rasmus Steen, Head of IMS Documentary Film, International Media Support (IMS)



Ani Mercedes

Impact Producer and Founder of Looky Looky Pictures

Ani Mercedes (Looky Looky Pictures) works with stories that go beyond empathy; that aim to participate in the transformational work of building solidarity with the communities they seek to serve. Ani and her team have implemented and advised on impact production for over 800 filmmakers, including the films CouncilwomanThrough the Night, Building the American Dream, and LIYANA. 

Nicole van Schaik

Director of Development, Doc Society

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.

Naomi Walker

Global Impact Producers' Network Coordinator

As the first Coordinator of the Global Impact Producers Assembly (GIPA), Naomi is working with the GIPA Steering Committee to formalize and build capacity for the network. Previously, Naomi served as Executive Director of the Southern Documentary Fund; she worked with Doc Society as Outreach Director for Good Pitch Chicago in 2013 & 2015, and again for GPNY in 2016. Naomi spent nine years in Chicago as Engagement Consultant for ITVS, hosting over 80 documentary film screenings, followed by discussions, workshops, expos and performances. 

Cara Mertes

Founding Director of the International Resource for Impact and Storytelling (IRIS)

Cara Mertes is Founding Director of the International Resource for Impact and Storytelling (IRIS), a donor collaborative focused on supporting creative visual storytelling and narrative analysis in the public interest internationally. Previously at Ford Foundation, she served as Project Director, Moving Image Exploration, International Programs, and director of JustFilms, the foundation’s creative documentary portfolio supporting artist-led films, strengthening organizations and networks.

Rebecca Lichtenfeld

Executive Director of InMaat Foundation

Rebecca Lichtenfeld is an Emmy award-winning human rights advocate, producer and impact strategist. She has created, produced, and executed ‘creative advocacy’ projects involving filmmakers, artists, heads of state and organizers from around the globe. Rebecca is currently the Executive Director of InMaat Foundation, a US-based foundation that promotes equality and human rights worldwide for underrepresented genders and those who are otherwise marginalized.

Rasmus Steen

Head of IMS Documentary Film, International Media Support (IMS)

Rasmus Steen is Head of Documentary Film at International Media Support. IMS works with an overall vision that documentary film can contribute to social, political, or cultural change. Over the years, IMS has supported more than 180 documentary films, including 40 co-productions between international and European filmmakers. Today, IMS operates in the Arab world, Eastern Europe, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.

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Laura Longobardi
Resp. de l'impact et du programme professionnel
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