Off-The-Record seminars are informal sessions hosted by industry experts just for DAE members!

We’ll be covering topics to help you better prepare your industry presence and gain insights and access to behind-the-scenes information.

Off-The-Record 2023 #3

Reading Contracts: or how I learned to stop worrying and read the small print.

We all struggle with some of the more mundane parts of documentary filmmaking: I am a creative person! Let me make my art! Or sometimes we make the mistake to think we are all making films for the same reasons. And oftentimes, by making our films, we create obligations that need to be fulfilled to creative, financing, distribution and other partners. After all, filmmaking is a team sport!

There is a not-so-secret place where all intransparency can be resolved: via contracts! But many of us have a hard time to read them, fear legal jargon, don’t know what is negotiable, or trust the best interest or expertise of the contract writer. We’ve asked two DAE members, Maksym Nakonechnyi (Tabor, Ukraine) and Selin Murat (IDFA, Netherlands), to share their strategies on reading contracts.

This is the first of three sessions dedicating to reading contracts, covering contracting between directors and producers. This Off-the-Record Seminar is kindly hosted by IEFTA – International Emerging Film Talent Agency.

Selin Murat
Maksym Nakonechnyi

Don’t miss this interactive free Off-the-Record Seminar with Maksym Nakonechnyi and Selin Murat! 

When: September 1, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT+2 (Berlin/Paris/Amsterdam time)
Where: RSVP to receive the zoom link here.

About Maksym:

Maksym Nakonechnyi is a Ukrainian filmmaker and a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy.

He graduated from the Ivan Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theater, Film and Television and is co-founder of the production company, Tabor, which produces documentaries and feature films, theater plays and social videos. He produced This Rain Will Never Stop directed by Alina Gorlova, which won many prizes including IDFA first appearance competition. Maxim Nakonechnyi’s Butterfly Vision (2022) premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” section, screened at many international film festivals and was theatrically distributed across Europe.

About Selin:

Co-founder of Canadian Parabola films, Selin Murat started her career as a creative producer. For over a decade she produced author-driven documentaries for festivals, theatre and broadcast and became a solid member of the Canadian documentary landscape. Moving on to the world of Film Festivals and Industry events, in 2017, Selin became film programmer and head of Industry at the Montreal Documentary Film Festival RIDM where she managed to create strong relationships with European festivals and markets. In this role she co-created the If! Doc Lab in Istanbul (2016-2018), has lead co-production workshops for Quebec at CPH:DOX, Sunny Side of the Doc, Hot Docs, and the Marché du film de Cannes Docs in Progress, and consulted for several international film markets including EFM-Berlinale. Since summer 2021, she joined the Forum team as Markets Manager at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA.