Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s leading event for the non-fiction film and television industry. Supporting Doc/Fest has been an essential part of WorldView’s work since 2008. WorldView has been a principal supporter of the festival in the past three years and a key decision-maker.
These roles have allowed us to offer a variety of pitching opportunities over the past five years, such as Your WorldView’s Open Pitch at 2013’s festival. WorldView has also hosted panel discussions with industry professionals and, in 2012, hosted WorldView Presents: World Storytellers, which offered a valuable insight into the world of filmmaking from a panel of inspirational filmmakers.
Heather Croall, the festival’s director says: “We have been delighted to work with WorldView — we have seen them grow to become one of the most important international funders on the global circuit. The work they do in supporting filmmakers, nurturing new talent and helping projects reach mass audiences is exceptional.”
Durban FilmMart is a joint programme between the Durban Film Office and the Durban International Film Festival. It aims to develop the production of film in Africa through raising the visibility of projects, creating networking opportunities, facilitating funding, promoting collaboration between African filmmakers and supporting international co-production.
WorldView’s partnership with Durban FilmMart aims to enhance and facilitate the production of homegrown African films. This has led to the awarding of development grants to two film projects at the 2013 Durban International Film Festival. Last year the partnership allowed us to award grants to The Devil’s Lair and Log Wars.
Games for Change
Games for Change is an organisation developing the use of digital games for social change. WorldView is supporting Games for Change’s programme development work as it aims to catalyse social impact. WorldView produced a behind-the-scenes film in Kenya, following Games for Change as it tested the social impact of mobile phone games created in collaboration with British games designers. The film followed progress of the games in a local community; visiting schools, medical and community centres in Nairobi.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the pre-eminent festival showcasing documentaries that are relevant to society at large and stimulating viewers to reflect, discuss and ask questions. IDFA gives importance to documentaries which reflect artistic qualities such as innovation, professional skill, expressiveness and cultural and historic value.
WorldView’s partnership with IDFA is multifaceted, offering both training and grants to young filmmakers. This year the IDFA Worldview Summer School offered one week full of discussions, lectures and workshops to help participants take their documentary projects to the next level. These tutorials were guided by eight internationally renowned tutors from fourteen different countries.
Meike Statema from IDFA said: “Working with Worldview has been very rewarding in many ways. Not only is their support fundamental to create training opportunities for young filmmakers, it is also very satisfying to have a partner that shares the same ambition to support a new generation of filmmakers from all over the world.”
The partnership has also fostered the creation of the WorldView Award – a development grant which will be awarded to one of the participants of the 2013 summer school. In 2012 the award was split between two films: Red Wedding (Cambodia) and Camera/Woman (Morocco).
The Sundance Institute is an internationally recognised non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing the work of daring storytellers from across the world. Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program (DFP) supports filmmakers in the production of non fiction documentaries based on social issues. The films focus on themes which have been critical issues of our time – human rights issues, freedom of expression to social justice and civil liberties.
The DFP aims to encourage a dialogue of ideas between artists which is critical to developing a more open society. WorldView’s involvement with the institute began in 2012 when it helped to fund four films with grants of up to £10,000 at the Sundance London Festival. The film Street Girls also won the Documentary Development Award, which offered an opportunity for the film’s directors to receive mentorship from award-winning director of the Town of Runners, Jerry Rothwell.
The Tribeca Film Institute is a non-profit arts organisation which empowers filmmakers through grants and other professional development opportunities. The organisation was set up in 2001 with the belief that well-told stories have the potential to overcome cultural, religious and socio-economic divides and bring communities together. Grants are provided for narrative and documentary films as well as new media projects.
Through its various funds, the TFI provides opportunities for filmmakers to connect with industry professionals and with each other. Worldview’s partnership with the TFI has seen three development grants awarded to support projects from innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. The awardees were announced at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2013, each receiving grants of up to US$10,000.
Why Poverty? is a documentary project consisting of eight one-hour and 33 short films, tackling various issues that concern poverty, including the effectiveness of global aid, education, and gender equality. The films are distributed via broadcasters, web and mobile platforms. WorldView is an institutional partner of Why Poverty?
In 2012 WorldView provided development funding support to three of the long-form films as part of the project. The films premiered at IDFA 2012 and were broadcast around the world. Furthermore, the films – as part of the Why Poverty? project – have gone on to be nominated for the prestigious Grierson British Documentary Awards for 2013.
Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 23rd annual edition from April 28–May 8, 2016. Outstanding selections of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs also mounts a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.