FIFDH Impact Day

LIFT LIKE A GIRL by Mayye Zayed / FIFDH Impact Day 2020

LIFT LIKE A GIRL by Mayye Zayed / FIFDH Impact Day 2020

REYNA by Jean-Cosme Delaloye / FIFDH Impact Day 2020

REYNA by Jean-Cosme Delaloye / FIFDH Impact Day 2020

Date and venue

The Impact Day will take place online on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January 2021, and in Geneva on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 March 2021 in the framework of the 19th edition of the FIFDH.

Registration/Application deadline
Laura Longobardi, Head of Impact Day, FIFDH
Edgar Hagen, Head of Documentary Films programme, FOCAL

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Are you producing or directing a documentary about pressing social or environmental issues? Would you like to strengthen its potential by connecting with changemakers, NGOs, foundations and activists to build synergies and create new alliances?

In cooperation with the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, FOCAL offers to 3 Swiss documentary film projects the opportunity to take part in the FIFDH Impact Day.

We are looking for bold documentary projects from around the world, at any stage of production or late development, driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach, and with a clear vision of the impact they want to make. They need to have strong potential to create real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The selected film teams will be able to attend the Impact Lab to develop their impact campaign, connect with strategic partners to effectively put it in place, and possibly be awarded a cash prize for the best Impact project.

Submit your project for the 2021 Impact Day now

Submission rules & regulations

  • Any Swiss filmmaker and/or producer can apply
  • Only non-fiction films of 52+ minutes in length are eligible
  • Projects in production and post-production are preferable, but projects in a late development stage which demonstrate access, strong storytelling in the treatment and work sample, and an urgency to the story will also be considered
  • One project per company or filmmaker can be selected
  • Submission is free. The selected teams will need to pay an accreditation fee of CHF 100 for each member attending the event. Accreditation will give access not only to both sessions of the Impact Lab and all Impact Day activities (including lunches and the closing cocktail), but also to all screenings and debates for the entire duration of the FIFDH (5-14 March 2021).
  • The deadline for the submission of projects is 31 October 2020. Selected team members will be notified no later than 30 November 2020.

 For further information, please see the FIFDH website

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