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    Results for IBF Europe Distribution Support 2017

    The IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded the distribution scheme of 2017 and selected one documentary to receive a distribution grant: The Next Guardian from Dorottya Zurbó and Arun Bhattarai (Hungary/Bhutan). The film had its World Premiere at IDFA this year in the IDFA Competition for First Appearance.

    SVOD Market Gaining Pace Says Bernfeld

    • Industry
    • November 24, 2017
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    Digital rights market guru Wendy Bernfeld told filmmakers and producers they need to start looking beyond the big players of Netflix and Amazon when trying to secure SVOD deals for their work at an IDFA industry session on the digital rights market and VR this week.

    Wide House signs first European deal for Montessori doc

    • Industry
    • November 24, 2017
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    French sales company Wide House has signed its first European deal on Alexandre Mourot’s Let the Child Be the Guide, exploring the merits of the Montessori education system in the 21st century through a portrait of young children attending France's oldest school using the method.

    Eye on Film

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2017
    • Nick Cunningham

    As the packed South Africa industry programme came to an end on Wednesday, board member of the Documentary Filmmakers Association of South Africa, Sylvia Vollenhoven, spoke about ongoing collaboration with the festival.

    Theatrical Flourish: The Netherlands Film Fund

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    We are in a very robust period for theatrical documentary in the Netherlands. This was the message from Frank Peijnenburg, head of Screen NL at the Netherlands Film Fund, speaking at IDFA this week.

    Arab Filmmakers Debate Their Place in the World

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2017
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    Top Arab filmmakers Diana El Jeiroudi, Raed Andoni and Mohanad Yaqubi joined an IDFA industry discussion this week to discuss the place of Arab documentaries in the wider film world, both in terms of finding finance and producing partners as well as audiences.

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    HBO Europe: Taking the Long View

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    To understand the painstaking approach HBO Europe takes to documentary development, you need look no further than Mila Turajlić’s IDFA entry The Other Side of Everything. The film was hatched by its Belgrade-based director many years ago — and HBO was there almost from the outset.

    Kaspar's Kids: The Danish Director's New Projects

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    Prolific Danish director Kaspar Astrup Schröder is hatching a new Larry Clark-style documentary about female skateboarders in Copenhagen.

    Ineke Smits Asks: What is a Country?

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2017
    • Nick Cunningham

    Dutch director Ineke Smits wrestles with the question in her new project How Sosruko Stole Fire From The Giant. The film, set in the largely unknown region/country of Abkhazia, will shoot in April and June/July 2018, with a three-week edit break in-between, before post-production and a late 2018/early 2019 delivery.

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