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First Book On Web Docs

Written by: FFT Webmaster | November 17th, 2011

The very first book on web-documentaries is being launched this weekend at IDFA, the International Documentary Film Festival, the most comprehensive film event devoted to non-fiction (on television, in cinemas or on the web). The 160-page WEBDOCS – A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ONLINE FILMMAKERS features contributions by 30 cross-media experts and 14 international documentary associations, covering  topics as diverse as digital storytelling, audience, funding, social media, connected TV, crowd funding, interaction design, and many others. This “survival guide” is the very first book to give advice to filmmakers on how to finance, develop, produce and market their cross-media projects. Documentaries produced for the web are offered as case studies, including the feature length titles PRISON VALLEY, OUT MY WINDOW, COLLAPSUS, FROM ZERO, MONTREAL  EN 12 LIEUX and GAZA SDEROT.

Industry experts who offers vital information and insights include: Alexandre Brachet (Upian) ; Alexander Knetig (ARTE); Alexis Sarini & Louis Villers (Webdocu) ; Andrew Devigal (The New-York Times); Anne Vierhout (ex-IDFA) ; Arik Bernstein (Alma-Films) ; Brian Storm (Mediastorm) ; Caitlin Burns (Starlight Runner) ; Danae Ringelmann (IndieGoGo); Elizabeth Radshaw (Hotdocs) ; Femke Wolting (Submarine) ; Heather Croall (Sheffield Doc Fest); Hugues Sweeney  (ONF/NFB) ; James McQuivey (Forrester Research) ; Jon Reiss (Think Outside the Box Office); Katerina Cizek (NFB) ; Laurence Bagot (narrative) ; Marc Meurisse (Belle); Mark Atkin (Doc-Campus/Crossover) ; Mathieu Détaint & Nicolas Sauret (Inflammable); Nicolas Saint-Cyr (Nikosanto) ; Paul Pauwels (ETMA) ; Peter Wintonick (DocAgora/Eyesteelfilm) ; Rob Ford (FWA);  Sheri Candler (Social media consultant) ; Stefano Strocchi (Move production) ; Tamara Krinsky (IDA) ; and Tom Koch (PBS). Official institutional partners include IDFA DocLab; Sunny Side of the Doc; BritDoc, European Documentary Network, Power to the Pixel, Reelisor, Documentary Campus, European Television & Media Management Academy; Dok Leipzig, Sheffield Doc Fest; MediaStorm, ESoDoc; Zelig; and Webdocu.

The book is edited by Belgium-based filmmaker and researcher Matthieu Lietaert. His feature documentary THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS, co-produced with ARTE, RTBF and ORF, is out this coming winter; and his online project WE R DEMOCRACY won the BIPS at Sunny Side of the Doc in 2010. For more information on the book, visit: and


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