60 projects selected to pitch at IDFA Forum 2019

    Today, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) announces the selected projects for this year’s IDFA Forum, the festival's renowned co-production and co-financing market. The selection reflects the broad range of what documentary film and new media has to offer. IDFA Forum takes place in Amsterdam from November 24 to 27, 2019.

    This year's IDFA Forum selection features a broad array of projects from around the globe. It showcases many different formats (theatrical features; TV series; digital projects), and fascinating stories about the major themes of our time, such as migration, environmental issues, identity, and technology in relation to people and income inequality. The selection also incorporates projects at various stages of production (from very early development to already having a rough cut to show). Most importantly, the upcoming Forum showcases the wide range of artistic approaches filmmakers take to bring their films to the screen.

    The IDFA Forum 2019 selection, including information on all selected projects, is now available online.

    See the Forum selection

    Key figures

    IDFA Forum received 730 submitted projects this year. Of these, a committee of international experts made a final selection of 60 projects to be presented during the upcoming edition of the Forum.

    27 projects are selected for the Round Table Pitch, and 6 projects will screen in the Rough Cuts category. 17 projects are selected for the IDFA DocLab Forum. Finally, 7 projects are selected for the Arts & Culture Round Table Pitch, and 3 for the Children's Documentary Round Table Pitch.

    The selection features projects by producers and co-producers from a total of 44 different countries. Taken together, well over half of the members of all pitching teams (consisting of both directors and producers) are female.

    New setup

    Since its inception, IDFA Forum has offered tailor-made guidance to every selected project, making sure participants are given the best chance possible to find relevant collaborators. As it has grown to become one of the largest co-financing and co-production markets in documentary film, this individual approach has remained its focus. This year, the Forum takes its mission one step further by adapting the pitch setup to allow for tailor-made pitches. Evolving from earlier models and placing new emphasis on hand-picked groups will ensure that every pitch team gets exactly the audience they need.

    IDFA DocLab Forum

    Since 2007, the Forum has given space to documentary projects in the field of new media, in close collaboration with the festival's successful new media strand IDFA DocLab. This year's Forum will introduce a new, complete cross-media market called the IDFA DocLab Forum, where the projects presented can find their way to new partnerships, receive in-depth feedback, and explore new ways to move forward. These projects range from web-based docs, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence projects to installations, multimedia journalism, and everything else that tells a documentary story or explores unknown realities.

    Selection highlights

    IDFA Forum 2019 will feature projects by established documentary directors (such as Erik Gandini's After Work, Aliona van der Horst’s My Father's Silence, and Avi Mograbi’s The First 53 Years) as well as those by up-and-coming filmmakers such as Museum of the Revolution by Srđan Keča.

    Producers include both newcomers and familiar faces. Production companies pitching for the first time include GusanoFilms with Robin Bank and Curatorial with Nam June Paik: Man on the Electronic Superhighway. Among those returning to the Forum are Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion with Eternal Me, Les Films d’Ici with Pandora’s Box, and Final Cut for Real with Art of Repression and I See for You.

    From the DocLab Forum selection, highlights include One Gram by Karim Ben Khelifa, known from IDFA DocLab 2015, and They call me Asylum Seeker by DocLab Academy alumnus Tamara Shogaolu.

    The selection also includes new projects by several directors whose earlier films had strong showings at previous editions of IDFA, such as Nishta Jain (The Golden Thread) and Zhao Liang (Pandora's Box), among others.

    The IDFA Forum program will again include dedicated sessions for arts projects and children's documentaries.

    IDFA Industry links

    IDFA is committed to supporting the development of documentary on a global scale and nourishing documentary projects in every stage of their inception. IDFA Forum is one of many links in that chain. In line with this, the IDFA Forum 2019 selection includes five projects that were previously supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund (which supports filmmakers in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe), as well as two projects previously developed during one of the IDFAcademy workshops (which offers training programs for up-and-coming documentary talents).

    IDFA Forum is made possible by The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Creative Europe Media.


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    IDFA Forum

    • IDFA Forum is one of the most influential meeting places for filmmakers, creators, and producers working on ground-breaking creative documentaries and new media projects.

    IDFA Forum activities

    • IDFA Forum offers producers, directors, and creators of artistic, innovative projects with international potential the opportunity to present their projects to leading professionals in the documentary and new media industries.

    IDFA DocLab Forum

    • For over 15 years, the Forum has given space to documentary projects in the field of new media. Building on this momentum in 2019, IDFA together with IDFA DocLab introduced a new, complete cross-media market called IDFA DocLab Forum, where the projects presented can find their way to new partnerships, receive in-depth feedback, and explore new ways to move forward. The DocLab Forum is open to all sorts of non-fiction artworks in all production and financing stages that use emerging media to represent reality, including web experiences, multimedia journalism, digital art, games, audio experiences, immersive experiences (such as VR/AR/MR, social VR and full-dome films), physical installations, live performances, and immersive theater.

    Key industry venues & getting around in Amsterdam

    • As the festival approaches, keep an eye on this page for a complete overview of the main industry venues at IDFA 2021 and tips on how to get around in Amsterdam.

    Attending IDFA Forum 2021

    • The following page presents all key information about attending the past edition of IDFA Forum in 2021. Details about the upcoming edition will follow in spring of 2022.

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