Docs Ireland 2023: Engaging Audiences: Practices for Documentary Distribution
Docs Ireland 2023 presents a series of talks about documentary distribution and audience engagement
Hosted by audience designer Sile Culley, this event will focus on the importance of audience engagement for documentary, and the journey of non-fiction film through the film value chain in an ever-changing market.
Bringing together innovators in the realm of non-fiction filmmaking to present on the methods they have utilised in finding new ways to reach audiences, the event will feature the following sessions:
Share.Doc | Connecting Documentary Audiences with Real-life Subjects
Share.Doc is the first international platform that enables documentary audiences to take direct action to support your protagonist in need, giving them a tool to turn their empathy into action. Share.Doc Founder Anne Marie Borsboom will present on how this initiative is designed to empower and motivate doc-watchers, and how the platform supports non-fiction filmmakers and their work.
DAFilms | Platforming Arthouse Documentary Online
Powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of seven major European documentary festivals, DAFilms presents a continually-updated, curated selection of the finest auteur-driven documentary cinema from the world of film festivals. Curator Christopher Small will introduce the platform and their objectives, with a focus on how DAFilms connects with audiences online and how they assess the international appeal in documentary work.
Noise Film & TV | Festival PR for Feature Documentary
NOISE Film & TV is a full service PR agency with the ability to accompany a film from festival buzz to mainstream distribution, with a refreshingly hands-on and intuitive approach to promotion. Founding partner Mirjam Wiekenkamp will provide insight on the agency’s unique ability to connect to the heart of a film, and how they work strategically to help independent films find their audience, both amongst industry players and cinephiles.
North Circular | A Case Study in DIY Doc Distribution
A documentary musical, which takes a trip along Dublin's North Circular Road, North Circular has incrementally risen to become one of the most successful Irish documentary films of recent years, both at home and internationally. Luke McManus, director and producer of this breakout hit, joins Docs Ireland to discuss his very inventive methods of DIY distribution, how he packaged, promoted and found grassroots audiences for the film, with honest insights into the film’s journey so far.
Documentary Sales Agents | Reaching New Audiences
The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring leading international documentary sales agents focusing on current trends in non-fiction sales & distribution, and framing their own innovative techniques in reaching audiences.