The Stranger picks up Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC
IDFA Industry chief Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen charts the steady growth of the festival’s professional events.
Czechs and Balances
The Czech documentary industry is soundly represented at IDFA 30 with two films in competition and a third in Masters. Nothing Like Before, about four teenagers in a Czech border town, screens in First Appearance while The Russian Job about a Swedish manager who tries to salvage Soviet car manufacturer Lada, plays in the Mid-length Competition. The Masters selection is the controversial The White World According to Daliborek. The film, which follows a small-town neo-Nazi, premiered earlier this year at Karlovy Vary.
When Film Centre Serbia chief Boban Jevtic took over in 2015, documentary production funding was in the doldrums, with a mere six feature docs going into production that year. Two years later, the figure has quadrupled to 20 per year, both for 2016 and 2017, with an increase in operational budget from €300,000 to €700,000.
On November 17 the IDFAcademy program is hosting a two-hour workshop for emerging filmmakers who are interested in making a short web documentary. In the workshop, in which all IDFA guests can participate upon registration, renowned filmmaker and producer Jos de Putter and rising star of documentary filmmaking Reber Dosky will discuss proposals entered by the attendees.
Award winners heading to IDFA
Among the IDFAcademy selection are several participants who earned their place in the workshop by winning an IDFA Award with their documentary projects at industry events all over the world. Several other IDFA Award winners will attend IDFA Forum in November.
Up-and-coming doc stars at IDFA 2017
IDFA’s two talent development programs IDFAcademy and DocLab Academy have both announced their participants and programs for this year. Both the four-day IDFAcademy program for emerging producers and directors, and the five-day DocLab Academy for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media will be held during IDFA.
Bringing it Home: Sara Božanic about the innovative distribution of Ukrainian Sheriffs
As entry for distribution support through the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe scheme draws to a close, transmedia director Sara Božanic tells us about the innovative distribution strategy for Ukrainian Sheriffs which was supported during the scheme's first selection round.
Sergei Loznitsa presents his IDFA Top 10 at Metrograph, New York
The Top 10 program compiled by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa for IDFA 2016 is travelling to New York. The Metrograph theatre will be screening Loznitsa's selection on July 27-31.