As Western festivals and funding entities attempt to be more equitable and supportive of indigenous and non-Western filmmakers, they continue to exert pressure on filmmakers’ expectations of the commercial viability and artistic merit of their films, even if the filmmakers are tackling local topics. Furthermore, the labyrinthine systems of talent development, granting bodies, broadcast and streaming commissioners, and international co-production can be especially confusing for emerging filmmakers looking to access Western sources of funding and film festivals. How can you navigate the many markets and festivals? How can you remain true to your artistic vision, while strategizing about support? What are the challenges of various talent development and artist support programs in the name of “underrepresented” communities? What could be the responsibility of festivals and funding bodies in this dynamic?
This 90-minute event is developed through IDA’s Getting Real Fellowship and will bring together filmmakers from Bangladesh and Taiwan who have experience negotiating the international film circuit. Facilitated by programmer Pei-hua Chung (Taiwan International Documentary Festival), filmmakers Huang Yin-yu (Green Jail) and Farid Ahmad (Waiting for Winter) will share a film with event registrants ahead of their conversation around shared concerns. They will discuss this complicated landscape, touching on topics from international co-productions, the assumptions behind ideas of universality in narrative structures, and the unsaid challenges of being platformed. This event is presented in partnership with Dhaka DocLab, TFAI and Taiwan Docs.
The following questions will be addressed:
What impact do Western festivals and audience receptions have on documentary filmmaking in South/East Asian (or other non-Western) countries in terms of narrative and visual style, especially for the ones tackling local topics?
What makes a story universal or global? What are the global/international components of storytelling? Who recognizes it?
What are the challenges of various talent development and artist support programs from Western Europe or the U.S. in the name of the underrepresented community?
How does the application process, such as the industry-specific terms in the applications itself, affect filmmakers from South Asia while applying for talent development and artist support programs from Western Europe and U.S.?
Does programming at larger-scale festivals really help promote documentaries from these countries? Are there chances that programming helps create stereotypes?
This panel will be free and open to the public. Films will be available to registrants via a password-protected link beginning April 27th.
This event will be conducted in English. ASL interpretation, simultaneous Chinese interpretation, and live CART captioning will be provided.
About the Getting Real Fellowship
The Getting Real Fellowship seeks to spotlight emerging and mid-career documentary professionals who have inspired visions that will benefit their communities and the field at large.
After attending Getting Real, the fellows spend the next year programming workshops and discussions inspired by their time at the conference.
This event is developed and facilitated by Getting Real ‘22 Fellows Pei-hua Chung and Farid Ahmad.
本場論壇由美國國際紀錄片協會（IDA, International Documentary Association）的「Getting Real Fellowship」推動，同時與達卡紀錄片提案大會（Dhaka DocLab）、國家電影及視聽文化中心Taiwan Docs合作。邀請孟加拉導演法里．哈瓦德（Farid AHMAD）、旅居日本的導演兼製片黃胤毓，他們將以自身參與的國際合製作品為例，分享與影展和資助者交涉斡旋的經驗，揭開埋藏在敘事結構背後的普世原則，拆解影片踏上國際舞台可能面對的難題。
由美國國際紀錄片協會（IDA, International Documentary Association）所舉辦的兩年一度研討會，1982年成立於美國洛杉磯。旨在透過匯聚紀錄片創作者、影評人、北美電視台委製編審等產業專業人士，藉由專題講座、大師講堂、產業交流，與世界各地的紀錄片社群展開對話，共同探討面臨的困難與挑戰，是全球最大的紀錄片業界交流盛事之一。參加Getting Real的學員將在未來一年，根據在研討會獲得的啟發，策劃一系列講座與論壇。
About Our Partner Organizations
Taiwan Docs is a platform based under Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute. The mission is to promote Taiwanese documentaries abroad and to assist local filmmakers in reaching a wider audience. We think of ourselves as a window between international festival curators, media, institutes, or anyone who is interested in Taiwanese documentary films and filmmakers. We hope to provide promotional resources for local filmmakers and reliable information for professionals overseas.
Dhaka DocLab is a documentary co-production project market for Asian filmmakers in Bangladesh, organized by the Dhaka Independent Film Network.
Pei-hua Chung, Moderator | 鍾佩樺 影視聽中心 TIDF節目策劃
Pei-hua is one of the programmers at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF), mainly in charge of the non-competition section. She has more than ten years of experience working at film festivals and has developed a passion for documentary cinema along the way. She has been on the TIDF programming team since 2019.
2022年「Getting Real Fellowship」學員，從事影展工作逾十年，2019年加入TIDF台灣國際紀錄片影展節目組，參與觀摩單元的專題研究策劃，並負責影片版權聯繫。
Farid Ahmad, Speaker | 法里．哈瓦德
Farid Ahmad is an independent filmmaker from Bangladesh. He also spent 10 years working at local television stations. His films are focused on freedom and memory. His latest short film 'Antara' (2020) was awarded at the Tokyo Docs (2020), UNICEF Innocenti (2021) & published in the New Yorker Documentary Section. He is currently working on his first feature 'Waiting For Winter' which received support from Doc Station, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Open Doors Locarno, Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and Brouillon d'un rêve (Scam).
He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents and has been awarded a fellowship by the International Documentary Association (IDA). He co-founded Noyakar Productions, which produces indie documentaries. He has an academic background in Media Studies & Communication. He is actively involved in building communities through organizing, training and writing documentaries.
2022年「Getting Real Fellowship」學員，孟加拉獨立紀錄片工作者。曾在電視台工作十年，作品主題聚焦在自由與記憶。短片《Antara》（2020）在Tokyo Docs、聯合國兒童基金會（UNICEF）Innocenti獲獎，並刊登於《紐約客》紀錄片專欄。曾獲選柏林影展新銳營（Berlinale Talents），並獲得IDA獎學金。
目前正在製作他的首部長片《Waiting For Winter》，已獲得許多影展支持，包括柏林Doc Station、日舞影展協會紀錄片項目、盧卡諾Open Doors、香港亞洲電影投資會（HAF）。創立Noyakar Productions製作獨立紀錄片，積極參與規劃、培訓及撰寫評論，建立紀錄片社群。
Huang Yin-Yu, Speaker | 黃胤毓
HUANG Yin-Yu is a director and producer based in Okinawa. He began documentary filmmaking in 2010 and founded Moolin Films, Ltd. (Taiwan) in 2015, and later Moolin Production Co., Ltd. (Japan) in 2019. His films include “After Spring, the Tamaki Family...” (2016) and “Green Jail” (2021) which were theatrically released in Japan and Taiwan, and his films were selected in Visions du Réel, DOK.fest München, Taipei Film Festival, Kinema Junpo Best 10 Documentaries, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival and many others. He is the only alumni representing Taiwan at the Emerging Producers at Jihlava IDFF, and one of the mentors at ASIADOC 2021. As a producer, he focuses on international projects with Asian perspectives and aesthetics. Besides film production, he’s the executive director of Cinema at Sea International Film Festival.
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