The IDFA team attended the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum and the DMZ Docs Pitch in South Korea, and gave out IDFA Project Awards to Driving into the Storm by the Japanese filmmaker Tenji Takakura and Chronicle of a Year by the Kazakh director Katerina Suvorova, respectively.
In its 11th edition, which took place online September 19 to 22, the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) presented 18 projects.
CCDF was attended by IDFA's Head of Industry Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen who gave out the IDFA Project Award to the project Driving into the Storm by Tenji Takakura, about one of 30 million truckers who are transporting billions of online orders in China.
"The Japanese-Chinese team of the film takes the viewer into the life of novice truck driver Xiao who is struggling to make a living by carrying goods of the online economy. Director Tanji Takakura observes the protagonist on his lonely and dangerous ride on the 'Road of Death' to Mongolia. The film will also offer an insight into the harsh world of the logistics economy, heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," says van Nieuwenhuijzen.
Driving into the Storm is produced by Liu Shan-Shan and Kang Shi Wei for Tokyo-based Temjin TV Production.
South Korean DMZ International Documentary Film Festival's industry platform held its 2020 event from September 21 to 24, and presented 21 projects from all over Asia in two sections.
The IDFA Project Award at DMZ, decided upon by IDFA Bertha Fund Managing Director & Deputy Director of IDFA Isabel Arrate Fernandez, went to Chronicle of a Year (pictured on top) by the Kazakh director Katerina Suvorova.
The tragic death of a young Olympic champion instigates the rise of a civil movement in the Kazakh capital of Almaty. The film follows a group of activists that decide to stand up against the totalitarian rule and we witness their fears, hopes, and challenges.
"Through her attentive approach to the topic that she is personally involved in, the director shows us an intimate picture of a generation that is unwilling to comply with the unacceptable," says Arrate Fernandez.
Produced by Viktoriya Kalashnikova for the Kazakh company Tihiy Svet, Chronicle of a Year has also received the DMZ Excellent Award worth €11,000.
The teams of Driving into the Storm and Chronicle of a Year will have access to several online industry activities at IDFA 2020 including IDFAcademy and observing the Forum pitches, in addition to group consultancy sessions prior to the festival.