Emerging talent is sought to join the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam's WorldView Summer School, where eight international documentary experts will be doing the teaching. The deadline for submissions is 1 April.


The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is looking for emerging documentary talent for its sixth edition of the WorldView Summer School, a tailor-made training programme for emerging filmmakers taking place in Amsterdam from 1 to 6 July.

IDFA is the world's largest festival of its kind, and has been held annually since 1988. Approximately 16 projects from all over the world will be selected for the Summer School this year, which is aimed at strengthening the narrative structure of documentary projects.

The IDFA WorldView Summer School is open to:

•Directors making their first or second feature documentary;

•Ten projects in the script development phase and six projects in the rough-cut phase; and,

•Creative documentary projects.

It offers the opportunity to meet and work with highly esteemed filmmakers and film professionals who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with emerging talent. The Summer School combines individual coaching with group sessions. It also has an inspiring cultural programme. There are two types of training possibilities: script development and editing consultancy.

Filmmakers who are selected to participate will be able to bring a sparring partner: a creative producer, a co-scriptwriter or an editor if they are taking the editing consultancy option. If a project is selected, a project fee of €750 (R8 719.35) (excluding VAT) is due.

Participants will be coached by eight international documentary experts. In previous years these have included Carmen Cobos, producer, the Netherlands; Kate Townsend, executive producer, BBC Storyville, UK; Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, commissioning editor ZDF, Germany; Debra Zimmerman, distributor, Women Make Movies, USA; Erez Laufer, editor, Israel; Peter Wintonick, producer/ director, Canada; Audrius Stonys, director, Lithuania; and Janus Metz, director, Denmark.

For more information about the IDFA WorldView Summer School and how to apply, go to the IDFA website.