Selection for IDFA Forum 2012 announced
Publication date: October 16, 2012
A total of 58 projects have been selected for this year's edition of the IDFA Forum, IDFA's international co-finance market. The selection includes new projects by Renzo Martens, Anders Østergaard and Seung-JunYi.
A new feature this year is the Work in Progress screenings, in which a rough edit of a number of projects will be screened, two of which have previously received support from the IDFA Fund.
View the Selection IDFA Forum 2012
The IDFA Forum will take place in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam from 19 through 21 November. During this market, filmmakers and producers will present their documentary projects to commissioning editors from broadcasters and other financiers from around the world, with the aim of completing the finance for their documentary projects. This year’s IDFA program includes 25 documentaries that have beenpresented as Forum projects at previous IDFAs. Panel discussions for theindustry are planned from Thursday 15 through Wednesday 21 November inde Engelenbak.
Selection Forum 2012
The 58 projects selected for the IDFA Forum 2012 will be pitched in a range of different settings: the central pitches in the main auditorium of the Compagnietheater; the round table pitches in the small auditorium, as well as one-on-one discussions with potential financiers.
The majority of the projects are linear, creative documentaries. In addition, this year attention is also being devoted to the increasingly important area of the cross-media documentary.
A new feature this year is the Work in Progress screenings, which allow a number of makers to present a rough, twenty minute version of their projects. Two of the projects selected for this new category have previously received support from the IDFA Fund
: Powerless by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar, and François Verster’s The Dream of Shahrazad.
Two projects selected for the IDFAcademy Summer School
2012 have also been included in the IDFA Forum selection. These are The Devil’s Lair by Riaan Hendricks, which is also supported by the IDFA Fund, and Eszter Hajdú’s The Trial.
Most of the projects are from Europe, although non-European countries including China, Egypt, South Korea, India and the USA are also represented at the IDFA Forum.
Projects pitching in the central pitches include the new projects by Renzo Martens (Episode 3 –Enjoy Poverty
, opening film of IDFA 2008); Seung-Jun Yi (Planet of Snail
, winner of the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary 2011) and Johan Grimonprez (Double Take
Represented at the round table pitches will be, among others, new projects by Anders Østergaard (Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country
, winner of the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary 2008); Ben Lewis (Poor Us, IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary 2012); Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint
, winner of the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary 2003) and Laura Israel (Windfall
, IDFA Competition for Green Screen Documentary 2010).
Other industry activities
From Thursday 15 through Wednesday 21 November, a range of panel discussions for the industry will be organized in de Engelenbak. These discussions, which will cover issues such as distribution and outreach, are open to all IDFA guests. Information on the exact content of the panel discussions is to be announced.