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Are you dreaming of making your own documentary film and would you like to take it a step further? Looking for an inspiring environment where you can talk to peers about your film plans and ideas? Then this workshop is for you!

Workshop Praktische info Deelname en selectie Bio's Programma

Workshop

Seven-day workshop
In this workshop you will work under expert guidance on your documentary film plan. You will participate in a varied program in which you will be immersed in all the many facets of the documentary profession, together with a small group of passionate participants. The focus is on concept development and writing and honing a completed film plan. A plan that can then find its way to producers or a broadcaster. And: there will be great food and great fun! The workshop takes place at the Moulin du Merle, an old water mill in the middle of nature in Saint-Germain-des-Bois (Bourgogne-Nièvre), a 2.5 hour drive from Paris.

Tutors
Two experienced documentary makers are at your disposal: Carin Goeijers and Walter Stokman. Both makers have dozens of (music) documentaries, international festival screenings and film awards to their name. They know the Dutch and international documentary and television world well and have experience as guest lecturers at IDFA workshops and film courses, among others. They also regularly serve as committee members of funds and as jury members for film festivals such as IDFA and the Netherlands Film Festival. 

Programme
The workshop programme includes both individual and group discussions and social activities. We watch films, discuss styles and approaches. Of course, there is plenty of room to discuss your film plan and together you will test it for feasibility and visual-content eloquence. You will also work independently on your film plan, formulating themes and questioning a plan.
You will work on subjects such as 'How do you make a research plan and which elements do you need to cover?' and 'How do you already visualize your film with a few sample scenes?'

This documentary workshop consists of:

-A preparatory talk (by phone or online)
-2 workshop days in Amsterdam incl. coffee, tea and lunch (online participation is possible)
-5 workshop days at the Moulin du Merle
-4 nights in a private room with daily a fantastic breakfast, lunch and dinner (served in the dining room or in the garden)
-Guidance by Carin and Walter during the workshop
-An individual wrap-up talk (possibly online)
-A number of social activities and nature walks 

Ofcourse, you have complete freedom to plan your own activities outside of the programme.

Praktische info

Final application date: 1 March 2024 (Extended deadline: 15 March)
Announcement of participation: 15 March 2024
First individual interview: week 25-29 MarchWorkshop
Wednesday 3 and Wednesday 10 April - Netherlands (Amsterdam) 
Friday 26 (arrival) to Tuesday 30 April (departure) - France 

The Netherlands - Address:
To be announced.

France - Address:
Moulin du Merle
58210 Saint-Germain-des-Bois
Burgundy, France

Dietary requirements and allergies
We cook mostly animal-friendly and with local produce and our own vegetable garden. Do you eat vegan, gluten-free or have another wish? We can gladly accommodate those!

Rooms
Each participant will stay in their own private room. They are big, sunny and comfortable. You can bring your dog, as long as it doesn't chase the ducks or cats.

Contact 
nienke@bureauvanbeers.nl 

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Deelname en selectie

There is room for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 6 participants. For international participants, the working language is English.

For this workshop, we select a group of participants who complement each other well. Age, professional background or previous education do not play a role. Level of ambition and choice of subject are all the more important: we want to put together a group of enthusiastic makers who are a match for each other and who are open to inspiration and new insights. 

Send your concise documentary plan (max 3 A4 sheets) and a motivation for wanting to participate in the workshop before 1 March 2024.
'What do you want to achieve and what would you like to learn from us and each other?'. Also please don't forget to mention your name, email address, telefphone number, date of birth and other relevant info.

Send your application to nienke@bureauvanbeers.nl 
We will let you know no later than 15 March whether you have been selected for the workshop.

Participation fee
The participation fee is €1,795 ex VAT. You will receivce an invoice. Further details will be communication upon the selection of participants.

Travel costs to and from the workshop locations are at your own expense. You can be picked up from Clamecy train station (via Paris Bercy train station).
 

Bio's

Carin Goeijers

Carin Goeijers (Breda,1967) studied at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten and works as a documentary filmmaker. She won a Golden Calf at the Dutch Film Festival in 2000 with 'The New World', about a peasant family on the border of two eras. With 'But Now Is Perfect', a film about the hopes and fears of residents and migrants in the Italian mountain village of Riace, she won the 2018 IDFA Special Jury Award for best Dutch documentary and also prizes at several foreign festivals.

Carin made short and long documentaries on various themes, including dance ('God Is My DJ'), the Limburg band DeWolff ('DeWolff') and honour killings ('Bahar'). She gained fame abroad with I Soeni (2003) about Sinti singer Rein Mercha. She also made the film 'Football Millionaire from East' about young professional footballer Mbark Boussoufa and the sudden fame and wealth that can overwhelm young footballers. Carin immersed herself in the Moluccan community with the docu 'Island of my father', and in this documentary she exposes the pain, anger and grief of three generations of Moluccan freedom fighters. In 2023, her film 'Candy' ran in Dutch cinemas, dubbed 'a musical feel-good movie' in the press, about bandleader and world famous saxophonist Candy Dulfer. In the film, we see Candy's struggle as a bandleader and daughter of vulnerable parents when the pandemic breaks out and she has to fight to keep her head above water. 

Read more about Carin and her films.

Walter Stokman

Walter Stokman (Bodegraven, 1966) studied film at the Kunstacademie in Breda. He has made several documentaries, including 'Let me have it all', about funk musician Sly Stone and 'Can't you hear me singin' about American musicians, from Ike Turner to 'Zydeco Sweetheart' Rosie Ledet. Since 1997, he has also worked as a freelance director for VPRO. For VPRO's music series Loladamusica, he made specials on Keith Caputo (Life of Agony), Kevin Coyne, Super Furry Animals, Motorpsycho and jazz legend Hank Jones, among others. 
His work gained international recognition when he was awarded Best Documentary at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in 2003 and when he won the Golden Calf for his documentary 'ASH WORLDWIDE SUICIDE' (2002).  
In his documentary 'Based on a true story' (2005), he goes back to the real story behind Sidney Lumet's film Dog Day Afternoon. It won a Grand Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2005 and was also nominated and officially selected at the Berlinale and Tribeca, New York.
In 'Beautiful in Beaufort-Wes' (2006), he shows a portrait of this South African village with the music and poems of Gert Vlok Nel. The film was nominated for best camera and director at the Netherlands Film Festival (Golden Calf) and won as best documentary at the Dutch TV awards (Golden Picture) 2006.
'Scena del crimine' (2011) is about life in the city of Naples. It is a frame narrative in seven 'scenes'. The film was selected for the 67th Labiennale di Venezia and awarded the Art Competition Jury Prize at the Docu Days film festival, Ukraine. Most recently, Walter Lazu made Duck, a teledoc about the prosecution of a man suspected of murdering his wife during a sailing holiday in Colombia. His latest film The Kyiv Files, about a former KGB archive opened to the public, premiered at IDFA in 2023.

Read more about Walter and his films.

Programma

PROGRAMME DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOP

Day 1 - 10 April - Amsterdam

10.00 - 12.00  

Theme: Introduction

- Participants introduce themselves and talk about their film plan

- We watch some scenes from various documentary genres

- Walter and Carin explain and discuss applicable genres for the film plans within the group

12.30 - Joint lunch

13.30 - 15.30

- Individual discussions with Carin and Walter

- Determine the direction of your documentary plan, will you make a research plan or start working on idea development? Or do you have other ideas you want to develop?


Day 2 - 10 April - Amsterdam

10:00 - 12:00

Theme: production

- Update on film plans

- Walter and Carin explain production aspects of their own documentaries

12.30 - Joint lunch

13.30 - 15.30 hrs.

Introduction to producer/employee broadcaster and/or distribution company

- What does a producer or broadcaster expect from a documentary plan?

- Information on financing and production

- Distribution and afterlife/impact

-> Homework assignment. 'What do you want to work on in France? What do you want to have achieved by the end of the workshop?'


Day 3 to 7 - (26 to 30 April) - Moulin du Merle, France

EXAMPLE daily programme*:

Theme: Research & Idea Development (You will make important choices that will determine how the rest of your production will proceed).

9.00 -10.00 - Breakfast in dining room or garden

10.00 - 12.00 hrs.

Research:

- How do I look for the stories within my topic?

- What do I already do and especially what don't I do yet during research?

- How do I build a relationship with my characters?

12.30 - 13.30 - Joint lunch in the dining room or garden

13.30 - 15.00

Idea development:

- How do I tell my story?

- Do I interview people or observe?

- Do I reconstruct or am I with something?

- Am I part of the story or not? What is at stake?

- 'Do I interview or not' may include interview techniques. 

15:00 - 19:00 - Free time! Walking, writing, visiting a nearby village.

19.00 - Joint dinner in dining room or garden. Followed by a film or drinks. Or long walk. Or houseparty.

OTHER THEMES

- Writing a plan for a fund or broadcaster
Using their film plans, Carin and Walter show how to write a 'script'. Something fundamentally different from idea development, because you write a film plan mainly for others (How do I word my plan? What questions should I answer? How do I describe my dream film?)

- How do you write a scene (What form do you choose, how detailed do you write the scene, what do you want to say?)

- Interview techniques (How do you get the characters to trust you? What do you do when a scene needs to be over? How much interview material do you need so you can edit properly)?

*The final design of the programme depends on the plans and wishes of the participants. The programme includes plenty of time to work on your plan.

Free time
Leisure time is good at the Moulin du Merle. There is a large garden with a river and a pond, you can work in the vegetable garden if you like or retreat to your spacious private room. In the surroundings of the Moulin du Merle, you can make beautiful walks. You will find small-scale agriculture, medieval villages and towns, winemakers and food producers. In Clamecy, for instance, there is Le Boule d'Or, an artist residency for musicians cum (natural) wine bar. During the workshop, we will organise a number of activities. Of course, these are not compulsory.

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