The IDFA Bertha Fund’s 2020 activity report is now online, detailing a year that broke a few records and paved new paths for the future. Read the IBF’s new interactive publication here.
“How do we look back at a year in which everything was different? A year in which the film industry changed irrevocably and the consequences of the global pandemic remained unclear. While coping with the changes, great and small, brought to everyday life by the pandemic, filmmakers are also having to learn to deal with this new reality,” the IBF team writes in the report’s opening pages.
Original interviews with IBF-supported filmmakers hammer home this point. Dotted throughout the report’s pages are conversations with Firouzeh Khosrovani (Radiograph of a Family), Dieudo Hamadi (Downstream to Kinshasa), Alina Gorlova and Maksym Nakonechnyi (This Rain Will Never Stop), Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu (Testament), and Anabel Rodríguez Ríos and Sepp Brudermann (Once Upon a Time in Venezuela).
The publication also covers the success story of Radiograph of a Family, which premiered in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, going on to win the award for best feature as well as the award for best creative use of archive. On the distribution side, the report explores the achievements of Aswang, including an online screening that went viral, a historic opening of the first ever Manila Documentary Film Festival, and wide-spread school screenings.
Finally, the details of the year’s record-breaking IBF Classic selection is not to be missed, with a whopping 28 projects supported by the IBF’s flagship grant program in 2020—the most in the IBF’s two-decade-plus history.
Film still: 5 Houses, dir. Bruno Gularte Barreto (Brazil).