During five days, we explore the intersections of film, art, science, technology & social change in an intensive programme of case studies, keynotes, workshops and discussions on the most trending topics of our industry. Each one of the five days of the conference is dedicated to a different overall theme and is carefully orchestrated by internationally renowned curators.
The conference is open to all accredited guests as well as the public. Accreditations can be purchased here.
As part of our CPH:SCIENCE programme, the conference kicks off with a day exploring new ways, and asking fundamental questions about the communication of science through cinema. How do we attract people who are not necessarily science-interested? And how do we present scientific issues in a way that unites us around our shared cultural values, instead of dividing us? We will look for answers in social science research, hear from groundbreaking scientists finding new ways to communicate their research, and learn from visionary filmmakers who are thinking of science as culture, instead of science as purely fact.
What if you are not the centre of all things? Most of the problems we are facing today stem from Man putting himself at the centre of nature and society. A new way of viewing our place in the world could maybe save both ourselves and the environment. During the day, we will challenge you to reevaluate your place in the universe and consider what the next steps in our evolution might be. We will explore toxic masculinity, discover how patriarchy is ruining the planet and consider gender-fluidity as a more positive alternative. Also, we will learn how the concept of an individual self is an illusion, and how we are more interconnected with other people, creatures and things than we think. We will ask how effective the creative community can be in addressing the empathy deficit that our collective self-absorption, fuelled by social media, has led to, and end by asking, what is the role of the human in the Age of the Machine?
Documentary film is more relevant than ever to help audiences embrace and understand the radical changes in our lives. If only the content would reach the right viewers at the right time, through the right format and new business models, mastering platforms and data, while also embracing converging forms of storytelling. Join curator and industry innovator Sten-Kristian Saluveer and international visionaries at the forefront of streaming platforms, talent development, cutting edge curation, and technology from Artificial Intelligence and gaming to tackle the disruption and successfully master the changing landscapes of the documentary industry.
While the climate crisis rages and political divisions turn violent, how do we ensure that our movies matter, and who will fund them? For artists and storytellers, the dynamic tension between impact – the marketplace of ideas – and the commercial marketplace is ever-present and always changing. Hear from global leaders in impact entertainment and a new crop of funders investing in real stories for change.
How can documentary practice not only capture what has happened, but what could happen? We will hear from artists, filmmakers, and thinkers who find truth through fiction or the fictional in everyday truths using the language and tools of nonfiction filmmaking, storytelling, sociological research, startups, and other common modalities to reconfigure failed narratives and build alternative futures. While imagining new possibilities doesn’t guarantee making them come true, it sets the stage for a multiplicity of new potentialities. These films access deeper truths by highlighting the fictions that construct our reality, and document new speculative futures that haven’t happened yet, but are halfway to making a new world.