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Aconite Pitch at IDFA. Photo courtesy of Ben Kempas.

10/12/2014: 5 Lessons from CPH:DOX & IDFA

In November, our managing director Aimara Reques attended the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival and Forum (CPH:DOX) and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) to meet with industry specialists and pitch upcoming Aconite projects.

During her time there she thought a lot about the value of attending these kinds of film festivals and industry markets and forums.

So, here Aimara shares five key points and tips she has learned on how to make the most of your next film festival experience.

 

 

1. Attend!

It’s that simple. Events like IDFA and CPH:DOX, which have a selected number of attendees,  are amongst the most important European gatherings for creative talent and companies to promote their work.

Attending these Forums is crucial to the growth and development of your business. While there are costs involved and it means taking time out of your busy filmmaking schedule, my advice is this: try not to miss them if you really take your business seriously.

 

2. Do Your Research

Find out before travelling who is attending, what they do and identify those who may be interested in your project.

We like to research and contact decision makers in advance. These are the people who may be interested in your project – so let them know you are coming and request meetings as early as possible.

 

3. Schedule Your Trip

Check the program in advance and plan your schedule ahead. I wish I could take my own advice! Don’t do what I usually do, i.e. read the programme on the plane on your way there!

Trust me, you will save time and enjoy the experience more if you are familiar with the programme.

You’ll always find out about more things that are happening outside of the main programme when you talk to fellow delegates, so make sure there is some flexibility in your plan.

Knowing the programme well will allow you to make decisions about what to attend and what to miss, which brings me to my next point…

 

4. Curb Your FOMA (Fear of Missing Out)

There is lots to do, to see and watch while at events like CPH:DOX and IDFA, especially if you’re taking in the main festival programme as well as more specialised Forum events. So don’t despair  trying to attend them all!

Check the daily Festival and Forum updates (these are usually posted in the delegate centre or sent by email) and then decide what is maybe relevant or appealing to you.

Also, find out what your friends and colleagues are up to. They usually know something that you don’t!

 

5. Network

At network events, getting to know people as human beings is far more important and effective than looking for every opportunity to bore people pitching your ideas.

At Aconite, we have found that the best working relationships we have, were established through first getting to know our future colleagues. We may not have known we would work together at the time, but a valuable contact is far more likely to develop from this rather than with someone you have given the hard sell to at cocktail hour.

Don’t forget to get a business card from the people you’ve connected with and send a follow-up email.

 

What are your top tips for attending film festivals and forums? Let us know in the comments!

 

(Photograph courtesy of Ben Kempas.)


Scorching Burning Bitches

22/11/2014: Scorching Burning Bitches pitching at IDFA

Aconite is delighted to announce a new production: Scorching Burning Bitches.

This exciting project has been selected to pitch on Tuesday the 25th November at this year’s International Film Festival and Forum in Amsterdam (IDFA)

Scorching Burning Bitches is a film and interactive project by Swedish filmmaker Marie Lidén which explores Electrosensitivity (ES). Having experienced the effects of ES first-hand, Marie Liden explores the vulnerability of people who suffer from this condition in an age when we are exposed to the effects of electrical networks more than ever.

This project is being supported by Creative Scotland and is a co-production with Bart Simpson (the producer behind The Corporation and Big Boys Gone Bananas!) through Lowik Media, Canada. The interactive site is being developed by Jamie Balliu of Up Creatives.

Marie says about the story:

Growing up, I used to think my mum was some kind of werewolf or had superpowers. She wasn’t like all the other mums. She spent days on end hidden in dark rooms, avoiding daylight. My sister and I had a device that could measure the levels of electrical density; however, by simply dragging her fingers over the wall, my mother could tell us exactly where the wires were drawn. She was always right. Soon, however, I realised that this wasn’t a superpower. Mum was actually really ill…

It turned out, my mother wasn’t the only one…

The film aims to demystify this increasingly common illness and to help provide some answers to the science behind it.

Keep your eyes peeled on this site for information on future developments!


Everybody's Child Journeyman

18/11/2014: Aconite Distribution with Journeyman Pictures

We are delighted to announce that Aconite is working with film distribution company Journeyman Pictures.

journeymanJourneyman Pictures is an independent distributor of festival and topical documentaries. They distribute dynamic and powerful stories fresh from the world’s most exciting producers.

Last week, our film Everybody’s Child is the Journeyman Documentary of the Week!

 

Click here to rent the film with Journeyman Pictures.

Everybody’s Child is directed by Garry Fraser, who  faces up to the damage done by a life of crime and drugs. He wants to ensure his three children have something he never had; a loving, supportive family.

He’s directing the documentary at the same time as battling his heroin addiction. His making of the documentary and his recovery become interlinked as he takes the audience for an emotional and powerful ride.

The film was commissioned by BBC and Creative Scotland.

Find out more about Journeyman on their website.


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