What you need to know about IDFA at Berlin: Sessions at EFM, films in selection

    With the 71st edition of the Berlinale around the corner, IDFA is ramping up for a full slate of professional activities at the European Film Market (EFM). From March 1 to 5, our programmers and industry staff will be connecting and sharing insights at the DocSalon Round Table Sessions and Meet the (Doc) Festivals.

    Alongside our staff are, of course, the films. The fast-approaching industry event comes hot on the heels of the festival program announcement in February, which named four IDFA-supported titles in the selection, including one in competition.

    So, with a busy week ahead, we’re here to walk you through everywhere IDFA will be (digitally) present in Berlin.

    Meet IDFA staff at EFM

    Isabel Arrate Fernandez (IDFA Deputy Director, IDFA Bertha Fund Managing Director) will take part in a Round Table Session on Financing & Funding alongside representatives from Badel Media, Global Flix TV, and Media Deals. The session takes place on Tuesday, March 2 at 18:00.

    Additionally, IDFA staff will be present for one-on-ones in the Meet the (Doc) Festivals program, where they’ll be available to connect, discuss projects, and offer insights into IDFA’s focuses.

    Monday, March 1, 10:00-11:00
    Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, Head of Industry
    Monday, March 1, 11:00-12:00
    Laurien ten Houten, IDFA Industry & Docs for Sale Manager
    Wednesday, March 3, 17:00-19:00
    Jasper Hokken, Programmer
    Thursday, March 4, 13:00-14:00
    Laura van Halsema, Senior Programmer
    Friday, March 5, 10:00-11:00
    Sarah Dawson, Programmer
    Friday, March 5, 11:00-12:00
    Joost Daamen, Senior Programmer

    Four IDFA-supported films in the Berlinale selection

    Though Berlin audience screenings are not scheduled until June, the festival’s two-pronged approach means the March industry segment coincides with another important moment this year: the International Jury announcing the prize-winners.

    Among the titles in the running for a Golden Bear are As I Want, the debut feature by director Samaher Alqadi in the Encounters competition. The hard-hitting essay film, which journeys from the frontlines of a Cairo protest to the filmmaker’s own childhood memories in Palestine, was supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) in 2017, in addition to participating in IDFAcademy Summer School 2018.

    In the Forum section, IDFA-supported films include Avi Mograbi’s The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation, a so-called how-to guide that lives up to its title, taking the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as its case studies. The film pitched at IDFA Forum in 2019 and 2020.

    Known from the IBF and the Summer School in 2018, Salomé Jashi joins Mograbi in the Forum lineup with Taming the Garden, a visual reflection on the opulent hobby of transplanting ancient trees to a private garden.

    Finally, Last Days at Sea by Venice Atienza is selected for the Generation Kplus section. This IBF-supported filmmaker also participated in the inaugural edition of IDFA Project Space last year, while in the final stages of completing this lyrical portrait of an adolescent boy on the Philippine coast.

    Explore these four IDFA-supported titles below, and read more about the Berlin Industry events here.

    Still: As I Want, dir. Samaher Alqadi.

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is supported by Bertha Foundation, Creative Europe Media, JustFilms / Ford Foundation, and Special Friends+. IDFA's talent development program is made possible by Creative Europe Media, Dioraphte, VEVAM, Videoland, and NPO Fund. IDFA Forum is made possible by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands and Creative Europe Media.

    As I Want

    • Samaher Alqadi

      Motivated by the public rape of her best friend in the streets of Cairo, the Director uses her camera as her weapon against sexual harassment and embarks on a journey of self-awakening as she confronts her own haunting past.

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      The First 54 Years

      • Avi Mograbi
      • 2020

        How to succeed in an occupation for at least 54 years? Mograbi, director and narrator, builds the handbook of the perfect occupier based on testimonies from Israeli soldiers and archive footage.  

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        Taming the Garden

        • Salomé Jashi
        • 2021
        • 90 min

          Giant ancient trees are traded for much desired cash and sent to an adventurous journey through land and sea.

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          Last Days at Sea

          • Venice Atienza
          • 2020
          • 35 min

            The film is an impossible pause of life. It is an attempt to keep the last moments of a boy's childhood — to celebrate this beauty before it is left behind in search for a better future.

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