The Prix Italia 2014 Poster – Torino, 20-25 September

Manifesto2014ist70x100b.eps Head of Rai’s Production Centre in Naples Francesco Pinto explained:

“The idea at the heart of this poster is freedom.
Technology is in fact free to move about in space, to find its path, driven by the wind of change and innovation.
It “joyfully” moves between play and the boundless possibility offered by work, like balloons moving about in the sky, watched by someone who has intentionally let them go so as to seek out their own destiny”.


‘A warm thank you’, by: Kari Hesthamar (NRK)


“Lovely people.

I am writing to let you know that I am leaving NRK after 17 years in the company, 14 of them in the Radio Documentary department.

I have had a wonderful time and feel enormously privileged, but it was  time for me to make a new step – so simple and so complicated.
I will continue to tell stories, but on TV, and in a different company – TV2.
They have a small department that make very interesting things right now, and where there is a possibility to tell stories, much like I have done at the radio.

I just wanted to say a big thank you, for everything that I have learned from you, for the pieces that have inspired me, the discussions, the laughter and the hugs.
I will really miss being a part of these international meeting points.
But it is a small world, and hopefully our roads will cross again.

Kjetil Saugestad, whom you all know, has for the time being taken over as head of the radio feature department, and the vacant position will be announced within a couple of weeks.
Berit is there, Hege, Kjetil Hansen and Sindre as well – so I am certain that everything will be taken good care of.

Warm regards and all good things.

IFC 2014: A word from René Farabet

René Farabet

“Walter Benjamin said : “An artist makes a work (of art) ; a primative man simply quotes documents.
Do you agree ?
Is a documentary maker “primitive”?
I think not !

A documentary is not just a collection of documents.
Its function is not just to present facts and events … nor to reproduce the world around, like a “ready-made“.

It has no pedagogical function, is not a teaching aid. ..
In 1944 at the Rueil Palace cinema (near Paris) a group of school children (among them the future author Raymond Queneau) were always obliged to sit through a documentary (generally about sardine fishing or something of that ilk) before they got to see the real film.
Queneau’s conclusion: Les gosses, ça les emmerde, le docucu… et comment !  (Documentaries piss kids off.)

Making a documentary is an act of creation.
A documentary reflects, re-presents reality…
But, even more important : a documentary scans reality… questions reality… interrogates reality,..

One last quotation.
The french philosopher, Gilles Deleuze: “Art is not intended to inform… it is way of combatting death.”

A documentary is an opportunity for the author to stay alive… and for the listener to keep breathing.

Long life to you all “

‘RadioDoc Review’ (RDR) – by: Siobhan McHugh

Siobhan McHugh

“Fellow-Feature Makers and Audio Connoisseurs, please visit RadioDoc Review, a new open access online journal which offers in-depth critiques and expert analysis of excellent audio documentaries and features from around the world, chosen by our international editorial board, made up of eminent producers, scholars and broadcast industry folk.

Some reviewers and/or authors will be familiar to IFC members: Pejk Malinovski, Jens Jarisch, Sharon Davis, Alan Hall, Kari Hesthamar, Virginia Madsen, Sean Street, Michelle Rayner and more…

check us out at the link below and do join the conversation.

Best wishes, “

Siobhan McHugh,
Founding Editor, RadioDoc Review, Australia
(and IFC presenter 2014 – I greatly enjoyed meeting kindred spirits old and new!)