IDF Workshop is aimed to cultivate the emerging documentary talents. This program opens to universities, documentary filmmakers and documentary scholars. Under the theme of“The New Generation of Documentaries” it aims to attract and train more talented Chinese directors and to encourage fascinating stories to develop further. IDF Workshop conducts master classes, tutorials and one-on-one sessions, broadening the horizons of the participants while sharing the experience on documentary by the international filmmakers, inspiring Chinese directors and the local talents from Zhejiang, enhancing the quality and professionalism of Chinese documentaries through the founding of a viable incubator for career development and talent training.
IDF Workshop of the 2018 West Lake International Documentary Festival will collaborate with Chinese documentary arts cultural groups, developing resources, cultivating creative talents and promoting harmonious advancement for the Chinese society and the sustainable development of Chinese culture. The IDF Incubation Program is partnered with CNEX, helping to make bridges between international producers and Chinese professionals, and to forge links in education and academia. In this way the Incubation program will discover Chinese stories, showcase China’s landscape and allow Chinese documentaries to bloom on a global stage.
The IDF Incubation Program is honored to have an Oscar Award-winning judge, CNEX co-founder Ruby CHEN, to host the workshop, with other mentors including LIAO Ching-song (of New Taiwanese Movies fame), Carol Dysinger (Consultant of The Sundance Institute Documentar y Lab), Douglas Blush(2014 Academy Award Best Feature Documentary Winner) and Hsiao-ming HSU(New Generation Taiwanese Director from the 90s). In the four day event, this team of international mentors will conduct training and advice for the 4 nominated projects. From the approach of narration and editing, with rough editing for the works in progress, group interactions, one-on-one advisory sessions, consulting lectures and project presentation and discussion, the program aims to provide full-package support.