Impact Day 2020

Le FIFDH Impact Day réunit cinéastes, ONG et partenaires financiers dans un but commun : renforcer le rôle du cinéma documentaire comme moteur de changement social.

Le Impact Day se déroule intégralement en anglais.

The programme of the second edition of the Impact Day 2020 was strongly modified one week before the event, due to the health crisis which obliged the FIFDH to cancel most of its activities in mid March 2020. Even like this, the Impact Day did still take place in a reduced version and cancelling its public presentations.

Programme of the Impact Day 2020

110 projects from 57 countries (production and co-production) answered to the open call of the Impact Day 2020. The selection of projects took in consideration not only the quality of the proposals in terms of story, narration and production, but also the urgency of the topics and the potential for impact campaigns.

25 projects were selected. They came from 22 countries (considering production and co-production territories) from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. 52% have female directors. The topics covered a wide range of the most urgent issues of the moment : from gender equality, to peace and social justice, from climate action to LGBTI rights, from quality education to youth activism, just to mention a few.

After 4 projects had to cancel their participation, 21 documentary feature films, most of them in production and post-production stage, joined the second edition of the Impact Day on March 9th and 10th:

  • Awalatje - The Midwives – Directed by Sarah Noa Bozenhardt. Produced by Evolution Film (Germany).
  • Bigger Than Us – Directed by Flore Vasseur. Produced by Elzévir Films (France).
  • Blue Island – Directed by Tze Woon Chan. Produced by Peter Yan (Hong Kong SAR).
  • Camera Kids – Directed by Beth Murphy. Produced by GroundTruth Films (USA).
  • Climate Exodus – Directed by David Baute. Produced by Tinglado Film (Spain).
  • Do Good – Directed by Leo David Hyde and Nathalie Berger. Produced by Reportage (Switzerland).
  • Empire Of Silence – Directed by Thierry Michell. Produced by Les Films de la Passerelle (Belgium), Temps Noir (France) and Fruitmarket (Germany).
  • H is for Harry – Directed by Jamie Taylor et Ed Owls Produced by Mercurial Pictures (United Kingdom).
  • Holy Shit – Directed by Rubén Abruña. Produced by Thurn Film (Germany) and Peacock Film (Switzerland).
  • Isis Widows – Directed by Alba Sotorra. Produced by Alba Sotorra (Spain).
  • Lift Like A Girl – Directed by Mayye Zayed. Produced by Rufy’s Films (Egypt) and Jyoti Film (Germany).
  • Powerhouse – Directed by Juerg Neuenschwander and Razia Quadir. Produced by Container TV AG (Switzerland) and Dharitri Media & Communication (Bangladesh).
  • Reyna – Directed by Jean-Cosme Delaloye. Produced by Bord Cadre Films (Switzerland), JCDe Productions (USA) and La Mayor Films (Uruguay).
  • Sarura - The Future is an Unknown Place – Directed by Nicola Zambelli. Produced by SMK Videofactory (Italy).
  • Shadow GameDirected by Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel. Produced by Prospektor (The Netherlands) and Witfilm (The Netherlands).
  • SoftieDirected by Sam Soko. Produced by LBx Africa (Kenya), We Are Not The Machine (Kenya) and Eyesteelfilm (Canada).
  • Stayers – Directed by Julia Dahr and Julie Lunde Lillesæter. Produced by Differ Media (Norway).
  • The End Of Truth? – Directed by Alice Tommasini. Produced by Le Talee srl (Italy).
  • The Letter – Directed by Maia Lekow and Christopher King. Produced by Circle & Square Productions (Kenya).
  • The Radical – Directed by Richard Finn Gregory. Produced by Good Work Pictures (South Africa) and Witfilm (The Netherlands).
  • The Witnesses From The Shadows – Directed by Ousmane Samassekou. Produced by Les Films Du Balibari (France) and DS Production (Mali).
  • Tvaïan – Directed by Nastassja Martin and Mike Magidson. Produced by Point du Jour (France).


An international selection committee greatly contributed with their expertise to identify the projects that were part of the FIFDH Impact Day 2020:

  • Nicole Van Shaik, Director of Development at DOC Society (UK).
  • Lea Maria Strandbæk Sørensen, Forum & Impact Manager Nordisk Panorama (Sweden).
  • Khushbooh Ranka, Director, producer and impact producer (An Insignificant man) (India).
  • Almudena Carracedo (Spain) and Robert Bahar (USA), filmmakers and producers (The Silence Of Others).
  • Edgar Hagen, Filmmaker and Head of Documentary Area, FOCAL (Switzerland).