Arnold van Bruggen, Anoek Steketee: Long-term Documentary Projects

In cooperation with SSE Riga Centre for Media Studies
Workshop for Baltic photojournalists and documentary makers 
Long-term Documentary Projects: how to make an impact, find an audience and get the best results

With Arnold van Bruggen, Anoek Steketee and a virtual participation of Rob Hornsta (NL)
Riga || 3 days || May 6-8 2016

Long Term Documentary Projects

We are experienced documentary makers and journalists, specialized in the field of longterm documentary projects, self-publishing and finding new solutions for reaching audiences both online and offline. During the workshop we want to inspire the Baltic makers by taking them from A to Z from the project idea to aspects of fundraising, production and finding best ways of presentation and spreading the work. Our case-study projects are The Sochi Project (a multimedia production telling the story of the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Sochi and in the conflict area Caucasus), Hidden Wounds (a musical documentary of post-traumatic stress disorder) and Love Radio Rwanda (a transmedia documentary about reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda) among the few. 

During the workshop we'll mentor the participants through their work, looking for the answers to the basic but ever-important why question: Why do you wish to do this? and Who do you want your project to reach? We'll share our insights into the current media market and the world of production grants and crowd funding.


Envisaged number of participants – 12. Most suitable candidates will be selected on the basis of an open call - the applicants submit an application including a small portfolio.
Participation is open to photojournalists, photographers and journalists working on longterm documentary-based projects, especially social documentaries. The participants must be currently working on a project that combines both visual material (photography/film) and text or performing a research into specific topic. They must be interested in working with new technologies to tell stories and spread them in a different way. Please bring your work-in-progress material. 

The workshop will be led by Arnold van Bruggen and Anoek Steketee with virtual participation of Rob Hornsta

Arnold van Bruggen – documentary maker, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the journalist production agency Prospektor, and cofounder, along with with photographer Rob Hornstra, of The Sochi Project. Van Bruggen explores new ways of storytelling by letting the story decide which medium to choose and who to collaborate on it, whether a traditional documentary like The Russian War, an interactive music documentary such as Hidden Wounds (about PTSD), or an innovative newspaper/exhibition like On The Other Side of The Mountains. 

Anouk Steketee – photographer, her work has been featured at national and international festivals and exhibitions in Amsterdam, Madrid, Boston, Prague, Berlin, Basel, Lagos, Cape Town, China and New Zealand among many others, solo exhibitions in the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Tropenmuseum and FOAM. Her work has appeared in publications including The Guardian, Internazionale, La Repubblica, Ojodepez, Zoom Magazine, Exit and a number of other platforms. Steketee is represented by Flatland Gallery, The Netherlands.

Rob Hornstra is a photographer and self-publisher of slow-form documentary work. He is also the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK―Space for Documentary Photography. He’s currently head of photography at the Royal Academy of the Arts in The Hague, NL. Hornstra is represented by Flatland Gallery, The Netherlands.

Participation costs:
The programme is supported by SEE Riga Center for Media Studies, so participation is free of charge. The organisers will take care of hotel costs for participants coming from outside Riga, lunches and coffee breaks.

To apply:
Most qualified participants from three Baltic countries will be selected based on applications.
Please register filling in APPLICATION FORM
Applications are already closed (11 April 2016)

The programme is organized by ISSP in cooperation with SEE Riga Center for Media Studies and is a part of Riga Photomonth 2016 events programme.