With IDFA 2018 around the corner, we are pleased to announce the selected projects for the upcoming IDFA Forum, one of the largest co-financing and co-production markets in documentary film. This year, 51 projects have been selected to pitch in Amsterdam from November 18th-21st, when the next edition of IDFA Forum takes place. View the complete selection online.
Read the press release.
The selection process was particularly competitive this year: with a record-breaking 768 projects submitted. Of the 51 projects selected to present at IDFA Forum, 24 different countries are represented, reflecting the inclusive emphasis of IDFA and its continuous word-wild support of documentary filmmakers.
This year's IDFA Forum selection casts a wide net, ranging from projects that examine pressing social issues to ones exploring the artistic boundaries of documentary filmmaking. Returning IDFA guests include Nanfu Wang (Untitled Cuba Project, United States), Camilla Nielsson (Democrats 2, Denmark), and Renzo Martens (A Gentrification Program, the Netherlands). Several selected projects demonstrate a clear interest in experimenting with documentary syntax, such as Lash by Yoonsuk Jung (South Korea) and The Way We Were by Marten Persiel (Germany).
The 2018 selection also features new projects by established filmmakers as well as emerging talents. Guy Davidi, co-director of the Academy Award-nominated 5 Broken Cameras, presents Senseless (Denmark/Israel). The renowned Mohamed Al-Daradji (Iraq’s Invisible Beauty, Belgium), and Hemal Trivedi (The Half Truths, India, United States), as well as up-and-coming talents Sun Hee Engelstoft (Forget Me Not, Denmark) and Ayse Toprak (The Other Half, Turkey) will also present their latest projects at IDFA Forum 2018.
In addition to the 3 pitch categories, IDFA Forum aims to expand the genre of documentary filmmaking via the Crossmedia Forum. A pillar of IDFA Forum since 2008, the Crossmedia section will include seven selected projects year, including Ali Eslami and Mamala Shafahi’s nerd_funk (the Netherlands, Iran).
IDFA Forum reflects support of IDFA Bertha Fund and IDFAcademy
This year, the IDFA Forum selection demonstrates the continued support of the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) and IDFAcademy, part in parcel of IDFA’s larger efforts to advance the field of international documentary film with its professional activities. Of the 2018 IDFA Forum selection, 4 films received support from the IBF, including new work by Marianela Maldonado (Children of Las Brisas, Venezuela), Nino Orjonikidze and Vano Arsenishvili (The Platform, Georgia), Mehrdad Oskouei (The Revisited, Iran) and Hemal Trivedi. Furthermore, 4 projects selected for IDFA Forum were developed at the IDFAcademy Summer School, and 1 at the IDFAcademy & NPO-fonds Workshop.
Networking before and after the IDFA Forum pitches
In addition to the pitches, IDFA Forum offers a full slate of social events where accredited Forum guests can network over food and drinks. The 2018 edition will kick off with the annual IDFA Forum Kickoff Drinks on Sunday, November 18th at the Groene Paleis, made possible by DPN.
Every morning, the Producers’ Breakfasts also take place at the Groene Paleis, hosted by KCA, RAPA, and DMZDocs. Daily lunches at the Zuiderkerk offer a break from the busy pitch schedule, and are hosted respectively by Chicken & Egg Pictures, Film Center Serbia, and Chile Doc. Evenings feature happy hour drinks at the Zuiderkerk, with Guests Meet Guests made possible by ARTE, the Czech Film Center, and Vimeo.
Finally, celebratory drinks wrap-up IDFA Forum on Wednesday, November 21st at the Compagnietheater, where the famed Dutch Clog Award for Best Central Pitch is given to the winning project. The closing drinks will be hosted by DocMontevideo and Uruguay Audiovisual – ICAU.
IDFA Forum is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science of the Netherlands, and Creative Europe Media.