Impact Roundup Jan – Feb 2022 : New Adventures

With a new year comes new opportunities for impact …

FESTIVALS, WORKSHOPS, ROUNDTABLES, JURIES AND MORE!

Think Film’s Directors kickstarted the year by leading workshops and labs in person and virtually in rapid succession across Europe, continuing our mission to mentor and support aspiring impact filmmakers:

Danielle and Amy led an interactive workshop on impactful press, PR and publicity strategies for selected CPH:LAB projects.

Danielle gave an in-person keynote on the value of impact at FIPADOC in Biarritz, and she and Amy contributed expert insight to the festival’s impact lab.

Danielle gave a further virtual keynote at When East Meets West; she and Amy also led a ‘teaser’ impact lab there with ESODOC and met with filmmakers as ‘business angels’.

Amy joined the European Space Agency ‘New Worlds’ Competition Jury, contemplating how film can inspire future space exploration, while Danielle participated in a virtual roundtable on mental health and the future of the film industry at the European Film Market Berlinale.

We’ve been continuing to share our views and ideas on the future of the film industry with blog posts so far this year on Producers vs Impact Producers and How To Make Film & TV Content That Succeeds.

Danielle also recently shared more of her personal background in founding Think-Film and her vision for the company in an interview with Larry Jordan.

KEY PROJECT UPDATES

Our impact journey with “The Scars of Ali Boulala” continues. Last October, Frederique Ries MEP followed our impact screening event in Brussels by submitting a Written Question to the European Commission on their plans for promoting arts therapy as a step to address the growing mental health crisis in Europe. The Commission responded in January, not entirely encouragingly. We’re taking impact to the US this year, and will let you know more soon.

We were proud to see Augmented Reality App “Seven Grams” premiere as part of Sundance’s 2022 New Frontiers selection alongside other innovative XR storytelling experiences. The project from Karim Ben Khelifa and Lucid Realities was also honoured with FIPADOC’s Digital Storytelling award. Download the app and join our impact campaign for fair and ethical tech now!

We’re thrilled that “Devi” has been selected for the FIFDH Impact Lab and look forward to joining them in Geneva next week – let us know if you’ll be there and would like to meet.

We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with “Too Close”, an intensely emotional documentary on sexual violence committed against children by those in their circles of trust. The film will be released later this year, and we know it will make waves and influence how leaders and communities prevent and respond to child sexual abuse across Europe and globally.

As the political situation with Russia has dramatically escalated to the invasion of Ukraine we’ve been having difficult conversations with some of our filmmakers about how to most safely continue their films and protect themselves and their protagonists. These will continue as we try and find ways to help and support our partners, and more broadly play our part to help all civilians and particularly children caught up in this conflict.

ESODOC & BEYOND

Continuing Think-Film’s support of some amazing ESODOC projects, we recently brought three film teams together with issue-relevant NGOs, sharing ideas and avenues for collaboration. This has been a joy to curate, we love seeing art and policy coming passionately together to drive social change 🙂

Looking forward, we are SO excited about some major events on the horizon, including CPH:DOX, and BIG plans for impact at Cannes that have begun in earnest … we’ll reveal all soon, we promise!

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