IDFA Forum selection 2012

The projects selected for the Forum at IDFA are available online for interested co-production and co-financing partners. The online platform offers producers the opportunity to keep potential partners up to speed on the most recent changes or developments in their projects. These partners can then subscribe to the projects and receive updates by e-mail.

The details of these Forum projects will first be offered exclusively to commissioning editors at IDFA in Amsterdam. Then, starting in early December, the projects will also be made available for interested producers and other film professionals who attended the Forum.
Anders Østergaard
24 Hour Jerusalem Online
Exploring the multiscreen creative potential (computer, tablet, phone) of the TV documentary 24 hours Jerusalem through nonlinear contents and interactive tools for communication amongst viewers or...
Back to the Square
Claudia Lisboa
Beauty and Ruin
In the centre of a dying city, surrounded by jaw-dropping poverty, sits the Detroit Institute of Art, struggling to survive and prove that art matters.
Beyond the Bolex
1920’s Geneva, prolific inventor Jacques Bolsey put motion-picture cameras into amateur filmmakers hands with the Bolex camera. Decades later, the life of the mysterious Renaissance man is...
Bikes vs Cars - War Time
The Bicycle, an amazing tool to change the world. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it?
Borsalino City
The story of the most popular hat in the world; from the factory where it was conceived in a small Italian town, to the glamorous world of Hollywood.
Through a fatal train crash and its aftermath, Brakeless considers fundamental aspects of Japanese society - punctuality and punishment.
Mika Mattila
Commodity Traders
A groundbreaking documentary investigating those behind the high stakes global commodity markets: commodity traders, from the Chicago Board of Trade to Brazilian sugarcane fields, Geneva’s...
Cooper's Challenge
Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
The Crash Reel
Lucy Walker
After an accident that left him with a brain injury, snowboarding champion Kevin Pearce can't wait to return to the slopes, and his family can't believe what they're...
Crossing the Bering Strait
An unlikely American duo join forces with Russian and Korean visionaries in their quest to link the United States and Russia via the Bering Strait.
Da Tong
Zhou Hao, Hao Zhou
A Chinese mayor's mission to save his city uncovers the secrets workings of China's Communist Party.
The Devil's Lair
Riaan Hendricks
A confronting and intimate cinema verité portrait of the aging South African drug dealer Braaim, who must face a turf dispute with rival gangs and a marital crisis.
The Dream of Shahrazad
François Verster
The Dream of Sharazad is a feature-length documentary film that explores recent political events in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon through the lens of the famous story...
Elephant's Dream
Kristof Bilsen
ELEPHANT’S DREAM is a portrait of three state-owned institutions and their workers in the third largest city of Africa, Kinshasa, DR Congo.
Embracing the Dead
Nanna Frank Møller, Nanna Frank Møller
A forensic drama and a psychological thriller about a democratic state's ability to examine its own role in a complicated war
Katy Chevigny, Ross Kauffman
The Eurocalypse - Why Are We Poor Now?
Eurocalypse will find, identify and describe both the causes and the culprits of the European economic crisis, in a gripping, wide-ranging investigate thriller of a film
Kiki Allgeier
Game Plan
Game Plan is a film about the fast growing digital game business. Filmmakers decide to establish a game company of their own and develop a game in hope of success.
A Gentrification Program
The film documents Renzo Martens efforts to launch a process in Congo, whereby the production of art will lead to gentrification. Plantationworkers-turned-artists will be guided producing critical...
The Hunted
Amanda Nyholm Jacobsen is found guilty of a $22 million fraud and forgery. Everybody condemns her but filmmaker Rebecka Rasmusson is fascinated. Who is Amanda and what made her cross the line?
In the Footsteps of Corto Maltese
An interactive journey through Venice today and the places of Corto Maltese’s adventures around the world. A venetian tale in six chapters, an initiatory route into Pratt’s world.
In the Wake of Stalin
Thomas Johnson
A well-researched film that shows how Russians are suffering from a form of collective amnesia that makes them susceptible to Stalin’s ideologies.
J Street
Ben Avishai, Ken Winikur
Judgment in Hungary
Eszter Hajdú
Proceedings of the trial against Hungarian right-wing extremists who murdered six Roma, including a five-year old. Claustrophobic, confusing and unsettling.
The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka
A chilling account of the bloody end of the Sri Lankan civil war, the war crimes committed and the death of up to 40,000 people.
Nina Maria Paschalidou
What makes Turkish soap operas so incredibly popular? Kismet gets answers from the people who make them, as well as sociologists and loyal fans from all over the...
The Love Hotel
Phil Cox
The Man Who Made Angels Fly
Wiktoria Szymanska
Film about Michael Meschke - one of the greatest living marionette masters in the world, man with all his memories, creations an of the past, secrets and forgotten...
The Messiah is the remarkable story of how one man, known simply as “The Rebbe”, became in his lifetime and now after his death, the most iconic Jewish figure since Moses.
Michael H. Profession: Director
Michael Haneke, theorist of the image, reveals like no other the dregs of our society, with their existential fears, emotional outbursts and meltdowns – A portrait.
Mr Cool in the Cold War
Mr Cool in the Cold War – Jazz legend Dave Brubeck tells how America used music to fight Communism
My Friend, the Terrorist
My Friend, the Terrorist is about a legendary Chechen commander, a national hero known as one of the most dangerous terrorists by rest of the world. Where is the truth?
Nada's Revolution
Claudia Lisboa
The New Black
Yoruba Richen
Once I Dreamt of Life
Jukka Kärkkäinen, Sini Liimatainen
The Philip K. Dick Experience
The Philip K. Dick Experience is a transmedia project around the life and work of the American writer, built in two main components : a documentary film and an online game.
The Pleasures of the Scents
A cuisine based on aroma launches a playful rollercoaster ride into the mysteries that link food and sex to the even more mysterious science of smell.
Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa
The struggle between power thief Loha Singh and an ambitious official from the electricity company offers us a peek into the socioeconomic and political...
Prior to Farewell
Life lessons on sex, marriage and women's empowerment & psychological thriller in homophobic Uganda. Religious leaders attend to sexual health workshop and main characters face challenges like never...
The Road to Fame
Hao Wu
Students at China's top drama academy struggle with the complexities of modern China to stage the American musical Fame.
Robert Frank: You Got Eyes
Robert Frank revolutionized photography and independent film. He documented the Stones, the Beats and the Americans. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist...
The Shadow World
Johan Grimonprez
A Shtetl in the Caribbean
Sherman de Jesus, Sherman de Jesus
A SHTETL IN THE CARIBBEAN tells the compelling story of two childhood friends who grew up on Curaçao, in search for their family history in Eastern...
James Spione
Three National Security whistleblowers fight to reveal the darkest corners of America's war on terror, challenging a government that is increasingly determined to maintain...
Song from the Forest
Michael Obert
An American named Louis Sarno has been living in the jungle for 25 years, among the pygmies of central Africa. Now he's taking his pygmy son to see the States for the first...
Sound of Torture
Keren Shayo
Radio host Meron Estefanos uses her program Voices of Eritreans to offer help to hundreds of Eritrean hostages in the Egyptian Sinai desert.
Street Girls
Street Girls follows 3 prostitutes in Nigeria taken to the first "women's rehabilitation centre," where they must complete a 3-month course or face jail.
Strong Island
Haunted by the murder of her brother Strong Island is the director’s meditation on guilt, the impact of grief over time and the illusive meaning of “justice.”
Unwanted explores the secret genocide of girls, the lives of the women expected to produce boys and the social impact of a world without women.
The Visual Crash
Previously unseen visual documentation of the deadly raid on the 2010 Gaza Flotilla will uncover the dramatic gap between the chaotic real-time event and the virtual media event.
War of Lies
Matthias Bittner
The Whiteness Project
The Whiteness Project is a cross-platform investigation into how white Americans experience their ethnicity. It will live primarily on the internet, but will also have film and installation...
Wind on the Moon
Seung-Jun Yi
Having been blind and deaf her entire life, Yeji’s world seems inexplicable. The film invites us to a mother and daughter’s journey into finding words of their own.
Zero Waste
Raffaele Brunetti
After decades of waste crisis, Naples seems to have a new hope thanks to a Utopian madman. Will Naples be able to turn into the best example of waste management?
Wanted: Youth Jury! September 30, 2014 | Every year, a selection of films from the IDFA program compete for the IDFA DOC U Award, given out by a youth jury. Do you want to have a say about the winner, and are you between 15 and 18 years old? Then apply now!
IDFA 2014 presents theme program Of Media and Men September 23, 2014 | A theme program investigating the mediated interaction between the people and their governments will be presented at IDFA 2014. Of Media and Men encompasses a film program, several new media projects in IDFA DocLab and a Paradocs program curated by visual artist Aernout Mik.
In Memory of George Sluizer September 22, 2014 | With great sadness IDFA has learned of the death of Dutch cineast George Sluizer at the age of 82. Sluizer was a prominent voice in Dutch and international film culture, working both in documentary and in fiction.
IDFA relocates festival heart to Amstel September 16, 2014 | This year’s IDFA will for the first time be focused around the Amstel river. The main festival locations Pathé Tuschinski, Pathé de Munt, EYE and De Brakke Grond remain, but the festival buzz will move to Café de Jaren and Café Swych on Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Doelenstraat.
IDFA Bertha Fund introduces European program September 1, 2014 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is launching a new program: IDFA Bertha Fund – Europe. The new program will support the production and distribution of documentaries realized through co-productions between European producers and producers from developing countries.


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