IDFAcademy Summer School, June 29 - July 4, 2020, IDFA, Netherlands

Publish Date: Feb 07, 2020

Deadline: Feb 20, 2020

Event Dates: from Jun 29, 2020 12:00 to Jul 04, 2020 12:00

IDFAcademy Summer School

IDFAcademy Summer School offers first- or second-time directors the opportunity to work with highly esteemed filmmakers and film professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with emerging film talent.

This is a project-driven program in which participants work on their film project in the script or editing phase. Participants in Script Development work on the narrative in individual sessions. Tutors help Editing Consultancy participants perfect their rough cut in the editing suite.

IDFAcademy Summer School will take place June 29 - July 4, 2020 in Amsterdam. The application deadline is February 20, 2020.


Focusing on creative documentary projects, the program supports approximately eight projects in the script development phase and eight projects in the rough-cut phase.

Script Development

The program's Script Development section is intended to strengthen film projects by working intensively on a strong narrative in its early stages. Participants are encouraged to focus on their own film projects as well as each other's work.

Script Development focuses on:

  • Structuring the initial film idea or concept into a film project with a strong narrative.
  • Interweaving different story lines into a solid narrative structure.
  • Choosing the main characters – how do they add to your story line?
  • Visualizing the story – how should the camera, sound and editing be used to strengthen the narrative?

​Editing Consultancy

The Editing Consultancy section requires shooting to be near completion, with a rough cut ready for the start of IDFAcademy Summer School. The participants will work intensively with an experienced editor, during which time they refine the rough cut, depending on the editing stage at the time of the workshop.

Editing Consultancy focuses on:

  • Defining the structure of the film.
  • Identifying characters and building the story line.
  • Fine-tuning the film’s rhythm and dramatic structure.

Application and Eligibility

Projects submitted to IDFAcademy Summer School cannot be withdrawn after selection. Selected projects pay a participation fee that must be wired to the indicated IDFA account. The participation fee is € 850 for one person and € 1.250 for two people. This fee does not cover travel and food expenses. For international participants accommodation is included. For projects supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Fund will pay the fee, hotel costs, and part of the travel costs.

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