16th IYMS


Champions For Our Earth:

Utilizing Media To Establish A Sustainable World

July 22 – August 1, 2021

Watch Opening Ceremony! Watch Closing Ceremony!

About the Summit

A year has passed since the world went into quarantine. A year has passed since IYMS 2020 in Croatia had to become an online Summit. Despite the challenges we were facing all over the globe, only able to communicate virtually and isolated in our homes, we were able to create seven impactful films that told our stories and experiences during this pandemic. We continued creating across borders again, showing the importance of film and storytelling, especially when the world is suffering.

Soon we can start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, the situation has not yet improved enough for all of us to meet in Croatia for this year’s Summit. However, we still believe in the importance to keep learning, to keep creating and to keep inspiring change through film and media as the world makes its way out of this crisis and starts to heal.

This year’s Summit will again be organized by the Croatian Film Association and will be different from our usual event (and from last year’s virtual event). We will be focusing on community, on education, on filmmaking and sharing our stories, experiences and achievements. We hope that you will join us for this special edition, these 11 days of inspiring talks, unique and creative workshops, enlightening meetings and independent filmmaking. IYMS 2021 will be divided into four main elements:

1. Social Gatherings and Events

During these events you will have a chance to meet the delegates, meet IYMS alumni and the hosting team in Croatia. You will get a chance to meet some of the IYMS members from around the world and hear about their work and achieve- ments. At the Closing Ceremony, we will screen the finished films by the filmmaking teams. These events will be open to the public and streamed on YouTube.

2. Seminars and Workshops

Delegates will choose one of the 7 Issues that interests them the most. On the first day, local Croatian NGOs will host the sessions. One for each issue. On the second day, international NGOs will host the sessions. One for each issue. These events are organized exclusively for IYMS 2021 delegates.

3. Independent Filmmaking

Seven teams will be creating films this year on each of the issues, but they will have to apply, get their own crew together, develop an idea for the film and give some info on the filmmaking resources available to them in order to qualify. To begin with, there will only be one filmmaking team for each issue.

4. IYMS Talks

This is a platform for delegates and alumni to share their work and projects outside of the Summit, e.g. film projects they worked on, spear-heading initiatives in their local community etc. It is an open space where we can’t wait to hear about all of their work and achievements so far.

Tentative Schedule

Full list of activities and times is available here.

More information

We will be publishing more information about our partners and event details soon. Keep following us here, on social media and keep checking your e-mails for signups!