Creative Dialogue: Case Study of A New Shift (October 20)

12. 10. 2021

Author: Veronika Zýková

The upcoming IDF Industry Session will be a Creative Dialogue between director Jindřich Andrš and documentary expert Mikael Opstrup. Join us live on October 20 at 6 pm (CET) and find out about the award-winning documentary A New Shift.

A New Shift - American story from Ostrava? How can a specific local topic succeed internationally/abroad?

This is the first from a series of IDF Industry Sessions where we present directors and producers of successful documentary projects and tutors or lecturers who met during the Ex Oriente Film workshop organized by the Institute of Documentary Film. Tutors, film professionals who had the greatest influence on the project, are selected by the director-producer team.

We hope this Creative Dialogue will be an inspiring example for other filmmakers who have projects in development or are in the middle of production. We will cover the whole creative process and focus on the issues around cooperation (although sometimes thorny) that can add a lot to the final result of the documentary project.

A New Shift
Tomas has been working underground as a coal miner for 25 years. When the mine has to close due to the general decline of coal mining, he is offered a new career as a computer programmer. He enrolls in a state-funded re-education programme, preparing him for one of the most in-demand jobs. Tomas takes up the challenge and gets ready to transform his life radically. But will a forty-something long-haired, subterranean punk rocker who has spent his whole life performing hard physical labour ever fit in with the young and trendy digital crowd?

Watch A New Shift:

The film was developed within Ex Oriente Film workshop and now is part of East Silver Caravan.

Awards & nominations:
European Films Awards - Documentary selection 2021 (top 15 European documentaries of the year)
FIPADOC Biarritz 2021 - Grand Prix Impact Award
Doker Moscow 2021 - Best Director Award
Nisse Film Festival 2021 - Audience Award
DOK Leipzig 2020 - Golden Dove Audience Award + MDR Television Award
Ji.hlava IDFF 2020 - Best Czech Documentary + Audience Award + Silver Eye Award for the best documentary in East Silver Market
Czech Film Critics Awards 2020 - "Discovery of The Year" Award

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