Local journalists and filmmakers often find unique stories in their own communities which have the potential to become longer documentaries – some even with an international potential. For filmmakers, this means you may get the resources to work in-depth with one story for a long period of time and achieve a much bigger impact than what short term jobs can offer.

With issues of an investigative or controversial nature, this may be the only way to bring out the story.

To get there however is not that easy. Longer format documentaries require different thinking, the production-structure and channels are different and in cases of international co-production there might be cultural or language barriers.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the possible paths and strategies for taking local stories to the next level.

Joakim Demmer is based in Berlin, Germany¬†and has directed and produced several internationally-acclaimed documentaries. His most recent film “Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas” has won several prizes and. has been screened in around 40 countries.

Joakim Demmer’s presence at the festival is supported by the Goethe Institute and the workshop is organized in collaboration wit Malaysian Documentary Association (MyDocs).


  • Date: 1 October 2018
  • Time: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
  • Session: 12 Get Passes
  • Venue: The School

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