NFF Conference 2020: Life As We Know It

During the annual NFF Conference, we assess the state of affairs in the Dutch AV landscape with Dutch and international professionals from all disciplines and domains. In 2020 the world and our way of life as we know it is changing dramatically, from deepfakes, fake news and drone filming to working digitally, half-empty cinemas, diversity debates and melting ice caps. For the audiovisual sector this also brings radical change. This year’s NFF Conference is therefore dedicated to ‘Life As We Know It’: an exploration of the apparent reality of our time, and its underlying structures and mechanisms. What does this new world, this new life, mean for the way we create, tell and experience stories? Now, and in the immediate future?

A selection of the topics: artificial intelligence, sustainability, worldbuilding, new forms of distribution, making films for the mobile screen, film in the period of COVID-19 and diversity and inclusion. Leading international experts will also offer interesting insights from elsewhere in the world. To accompany the sessions during the NFF Conference, a selection of thinkers, visionaries, creators and writers will express the theme of Life As We Know It in various forms in NFF Professionals Online cloud environment.

 

Tracks

The online NFF Conference has three tracks: Architects of Story, Future of Story, and Policy of Story. Each session is part of one of the tracks and takes an interdisciplinary perspective: film, television and interactive constantly complement each other from different angles.

Architects of Story
The Architects of Story track features national and international presentations and panel discussions exploring the building blocks of storytelling and worldbuilding from various perspectives. The sessions deal with creatorship, innovative techniques, interdisciplinary collaboration, new tools and refreshing views in cross-disciplinary stories.

Future of Story
In the Future of Story track, tomorrow is the topic of today. The sessions examine how the outside world affects the audiovisual industry. This is changing perhaps faster than we ever thought possible: we live in a world of COVID-19, post-Me Too, fake news and climate change. This calls for new strategies for the future, in which mitigation of change and adaptation to the new situation go hand in hand. We look to the future and focus on this changing world.

Policy of Story
The Policy of Story track reflects on political, financial, administrative and business aspects of the audiovisual sector, and tackles topical issues and discussions openly, seeking connection. Issues such as copyright and new distribution models are on the agenda. We also look at the ways in which the Dutch AV industry can pick up the thread in the context of the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


NFF Conference online

The NFF Conference will take place on Tuesday 29 of september 2020. This year the NFF Conference will take place entirely online at filmfestival.nl/professionals. Throughout the day, three live online sessions will take place simultaneously with stimulating conversations and inspiring case studies. You can choose your session and switch around as you please! All sessions will also be available online for the rest of the festival, so you can watch them at your own pace.

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  • NFF Conference: Opening

    On Tuesday 29 September, the NFF’s interim director Doreen Boonekamp will welcome the Dutch and international professionals to the online NFF Conference 2020. Parallel online sessions will then take place throughout the day on three tracks, with stimulating discussions and inspiring case studies. You can choose your session and switch around as you please! All sessions will be available online for the rest of the festival.

    Start: 09:00 – 09:30 

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  • NFF Conference: Planet Internet

    The internet has become an indispensable part of our lives, helping us to tell stories, keep in contact, work and make money. However, the downsides of the internet, such as the consequences for our personal rights in terms of privacy, tracking and tracing, fake news and autonomy, can no longer be ignored. In this panel, we look for answers to these crises at the interface of the internet, ethics, creativity and activism.

    With: Ian Forrester (BBC Research), Marleen Stikker (Waag technology & society), Miriam Rasch (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) & Sarah Allen (MozFest).
    Moderator: Philo van Kemenade (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
    Start: 09:30 – 10:30
    Track: Policy of Story

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  • NFF Conference: Touch Me

    Can a computer make you cry? What is the difference between real and mediated touch? Jamie Paik and Ruairi Glynn discuss the relationship between human and machine, and between algorithm and emotion. How can art and science complement each other? How do their approaches differ and where do they meet?

    With: Jamie Paik (Reconfigurable Robotics Lab [RRL] of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology [EPFL]) & Ruari Glynn (Interactive Architecture Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London).
    Moderator: Dan Hassler-Forest
    Start: 09:30 – 10:30
    Track: Architects of Story  

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  • NFF Conference: Covid Creating

    In 2020, the audiovisual industry has taken a massive hit. But in dark times, there are also points of light. This programme highlights inspiring initiatives from the film and interactive sector that dealt with the COVID-19 restrictions in innovative and unique ways. Do the creators believe that the limitations that came with lockdown offered them new insights? And how do they view the sector now that society may be dealing with social distancing for the rest of the year?

    With: Cas Boland (Noord Nederlands Toneel), Simon Evans (director of the BBC series Staged) and Urszula Antoniak (director and screenwriter of Nothing Personal and Beyond Words).
    Moderator: Maurice Seleky (Amsterdam Museum)
    Start: 10:45 – 11:45
    Track: Future of Story 

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  • NFF Conference: The Parametric Truth

    Motion Capture & Becoming Other: In this panel the fascination of motion capture and it’s challenges and possibilities are discussed. Since it’s development in the 1980’s motion capture has been adapted in a wide range of applications from games to movies to forensics. Behind the technology lie questions of representation. Beyond becoming dragons and dino’s, motion capture is used to become other human beings. What layered visuals are thus constructed from behind the scenes to on screen? Who can embody who and with which consequences?

    Kamal Sinclair is Director of the the Guild of Future Architects and Senior Consultant of the Sundance Institute’s Future or Culture Initiative. Gareth Taylor is a motion capture actor, a branch of performance in which only body movements are recorded. Rob Löring is Business Director 3D Body Motion at Xsens. The sensor fusion technology developed by this company enables seamless interaction between the physical and digital world. Their motion capture system is used for animating characters in films and games as well as for biomechanical and sports research. The programme will be moderated by Simone Niquille, who investigates human movement and the recording of body mechanics using gait analysis, a biometric identification system.

    With: Kamal Sinclair (Guild of Future Architects and Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative), Gareth Taylor (motion capture actor/Mocap Vault London) & Rob Löring (Xsens).
    Moderator: Simone Niquille (designer and researcher)
    Start: 10:45 – 11:45
    Track: Architects of Story

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  • NFF Conference: de Futurotheek

    De Futurotheek is an interactive installation for one visitor at a time. Through conversations with scientists, educational workshops and a set of Instagram filters, it explores questions about control and agency in relation to the technologies we use every day, and which are therefore inextricably linked with our lives and the way we function. During this NFF Conference session, the artists and scientists will explain both the research process behind De Futurotheekand the next steps to be taken.

    De Futurotheek can be experienced at the NFF Interactive Expo at Post Utrecht from Friday 25 September to Friday 2 October.

    With: Sander Veenhof (artist), Ian Forrester (BBC Research developer) & Nanna Verhoeff (Professor of Screen Cultures & Society), Rinie van Est (het Rathenau Institute).
    Moderator: Leonieke Verhoog (developer)
    Start: 12:00 – 13:00
    Track: Future of Story 

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  • NFF Conference: Algorithmic Aesthetics

    AI often makes the news in a negative sense: robots are stealing our jobs and algorithms are taking over the world. But could AI also be creative? Does it inspire people or collaborate with them on artistic productions? And if so, how will it affect the role of the artist or filmmaker? In this panel, we examine the input of the algorithm in the creative process, in cooperation with media lab Telemagic, public broadcaster VPRO and the very first AI Song Contest.

    With: Cyanne van den Houten (Telemagic), Valentin Vogelman (University of Amsterdam), Annelies Termeer, (VPRO) & Chantalla Pleiter (Team Abbus)
    Moderator: Dan Hassler-Forest
    Start: 12:00 -13:00
    Track: Architects of Story  

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  • NFF Conference: Comedy in Green

    Many stories about climate change have one thing in common: they are cautionary, and present a dystopian vision of the future. Documentaries focus on ‘the point of no return’. The limited number of fiction films in which climate change drives the storyline consists of extreme disaster movies in which the world dramatically disintegrates within days. How can we as storytellers offer our audience a different narrative, in order to inspire people to make better choices? In this session we look at a variety of examples in which humour is used as a means to activate an audience and make them aware of their role in the climate debate.

    With: Caty Borum Chattoo (Center for Media & Social Impact), Franny Armstrong (director of The Age of Stupid and Pie Net Zero) and Sam Haygarth (screenwriter of the short film Extinction and former core member of Extinction Rebellion)
    Moderator: Margje de Koning (Movies that Matter)
    Start: 13:30 – 14:30
    Track: Future of Story 

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  • NFF Conference: The Art of Making Film

    KLEUR, Film Forward and NFF are holding a series of roundtable discussions with various filmmakers from all disciplines of the film industry in the week preceding the NFF. In these conversations we celebrate the art of filmmaking and exchange ideas about inclusivity and diversity in the Dutch sector. To what extent do the participants want their work to be a reflection of Dutch society? How can creators from different backgrounds get together and share their stories? Should art be uplifting? How would they describe their passion for their work? We ask the makers about their view of the creative process and the role these elements play in it. In the closing public roundtable session at the NFF Conference, representatives of the roundtables will present the conclusions of these discussions.

    With: to be confirmed
    Moderator: Hadassah de Boer (presenter)
    Start: 13:30 – 14:30
    Track: Future of Story 

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  • NFF Conference: Welcome Back

    The COVID-19 crisis is causing unprecedented difficulties for cinema operators. With the forced closure, many have had to overhaul their entire business model and look at forms of alternative distribution and financing. How do different operators look back on the past six months, and what prospects do they see for the approaching autumn and winter? We hear from two Dutch operators and one foreign speaker.

    With: Jan de Vries (KINO Rotterdam), Philip Mordecai (Curzon) and Ron Sterk (Vue).
    Moderator: Patrick von Sychowski (Celluloid Junkie)
    Start: 14:45 – 15:45
    Track: Policy of Story

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  • NFF Conference: Generous Interfaces

    In the Generous Interfaces panel we investigate alternative ways to search audiovisual collections, using De Open Beelden Browser (‘The Open Images Browser’). How can you enjoy exploring archives even if you’re not looking for anything in particular?

    With: Mitchell Whitelaw (Australian National University), Olivia Vane (British Library), David Haskiya (WikiMedia Sweden).
    Moderator: Philo van Kemenade (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
    Start: 14:45 – 15:45
    Track: Architects of Story  

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  • NFF Conference: Agents of Change

    We increasingly see mobile devices and technology as agents of change: they transform the world around us and the way we relate to it. Together with worldbuilder Liam Young and artist Stephanie Dinkins, we explore the narrative power of science fiction, and technologies such as artificial intelligence, drones and robots.

    With: Liam Young (architect, designer, storyteller) & Stephanie Dinkins (artist)
    Moderator: Dan Hassler-Forest
    Start: 16:00 – 17:00
    Track: Architects of Story 

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  • NFF Conference: Mobile Matters

    Television screens are getting bigger, cinemas are getting grander. Meanwhile, more and more makers are actually switching to small screens: those of mobile devices. How can creators and writers respond to the short attention span of the mobile consumer? What tools does a mobile device offer to experience a story? Is short, episodic content in a vertical aspect ratio the trend of 2020? And what role do social media platforms or the new mobile-only VOD platform Quibi play in this development?

    With: Rebecca Thomas (director of Stranger Things and Quibi’s When the Streetlights Go On), The Kissinger Twins, Dawid and Kasia (directors of the Instagram interactive film series @sufferosa and @theportaldiaries) and Nirit Peled (director of the WhatsApp documentary A Temporary Contact)
    Moderator: Lilian Stolk (The Hmm)
    Start: 16:00 – 17:00
    Track: Architects of Story 

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Header photo: Liam Young