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European Symposium

Documentaries for young audiences

11th - 13th September 2014, Filmforum NRW, Cologne


Children love films. How they perceive documentary film alongside fictional and animated material and whether professional documentary films can find a place in the media mix between exciting games and youtube videos, remain the responsibility of the film and television industry and the culture of cinema in general. Everyone wants to preserve a wide range of documentary film forms and as such viewing possibilities. But how?

These are the questions that will be discussed by children’s film and documentary film experts from various countries across Europe at this year’s dfi autumn symposium “Documentary films for children and young people” at Cologne. The aim is to come up with suggestions and ideas on the creation of structures that are beneficial to the long-term presence of documentary films for young target audiences.
Whether the Internet - in combination with television, festivals and the cinema - opens up possibilities to broaden the reach of documentary films? - is a theme of the European Symposium. Further questions are posed on the participation of young audiences, who are accustomed to express and represent themselves via the Internet.  And: Is film education - for which infrastructure is currently being created in many European countries - a new market and can it be understood as a way for introducing documentary films to young audiences?
The examples at the symposium present models of production, distribution and reception which are favourable to the visibility of documentary film.

Discussions will take place in German and English with a simultaneous interpretation from German into English for the benefit of European guests.

Dfi will organise screenings of European documentary films for children and young people for schools in Cologne on September 11 and 12.

Filmforum NRW im Museum Ludwig
Bischofsgarten 1
50667 Köln

Getting there
Cologne central station for all nationwide trains and Cologne underground as well as the airport shuttle

times and dates
Thursday 11th September, 1:30-10:00 p.m.
Friday 12th September, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday 13th September, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

attendance fee
Thurs., Fri., Sat. € 30 / reduced* € 20
Thurs. or Sat. € 15 / reduced* € 10
Fri. € 20 / reduced* € 15
reduced fee for students and members of Filmbüro NW and AG DOK

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Organised by dfi - Dokumentarfilminitiative in Filmbüro NW, in cooperation with ECFA, Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart, doxs!, FDK, KJF, WDR Television and Goethe Institut, funded by the Ministry for family, children, youth, culture and sport NRW, the city of Cologne, MedienStiftung Kultur and BKM, supported from AG  DOK. Medienpartner: filmdienst und Kinder- und Jugendfilmkorrespondenz.