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    Standing at the crossroads: assessing the documentary film market

    • Industry
    • November 18, 2018
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    Melanie Goodfellow talks to IDFA’s industry departments about the state of play in the documentary industry in these challenging but exciting times.

    Shamira Raphaëla wins the 2018 Karen de Bok Talent Award

    Filmmaker Shamira Raphaëla has won the 2018 Karen de Bok Talent Award with her film plan Downfall of a Superwoman. The prize was awarded for the second year to the winner of the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund workshop. A five-member jury assessed the film projects of the six documentary talents who participated in the workshop.

    IDFA launches collaboration with MIT Open Doc Lab

    Sunday, November 18 will see the start of a new collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Documentary Lab and IDFA. Together with partners and artists, both parties will conduct fundamental research for 5 years into immersive and interactive media - such as VR and artificial intelligence - using IDFA DocLab as a living laboratory. This collaboration is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science within the framework of its Topsector Creatieve Industrie and Topconsortium Kennis en Innovatie (TKI). William Uricchio of MIT, Jann de Waal of the Topsector Creatieve Industrie team, and Caspar Sonnen of IDFA DocLab will launch the R&D program on Sunday, November 18 at 10:00 am during the Immersive Network Summit in the Brakke Grond.

    New partnership with Lutfia Rabbani Foundation to bring Arab film talents to IDFAcademy

    IDFA and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation are proud to announce a new partnership that will enable a number of young Arab film talents from Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon to attend IDFAcademy during IDFA.

    IDFA Bertha Fund announces renewed partnership with the Bertha Foundation

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to announce that its partnership with the Bertha Foundation has been renewed for a period of three years, from 2019 through to 2021. The IDFA Bertha Fund and Bertha Foundation have collaborated on creating a more inclusive documentary industry since 2013. Together, these two organizations support the creation of documentary films and projects in regions where artistic freedom is at stake. To date, this partnership has resulted in numerous award-winning documentary films. The Bertha Foundation will be investing 1.2 million Euros into the fund over the next three years.

    IDFA presents IDFA Talks for professionals

    During the fast-approaching IDFA, we welcome both festival audiences and IDFA guests to join our newly expanded Talks program. For Industry professionals, IDFA offers an expansive program of 7 Industry Talks and 23 Industry Sessions on thematic issues central to the documentary filmmaking community. Additionally, five Filmmaker Talks will each offer an in-depth look at the body of work of a renowned filmmaker.

    51 projects selected to pitch at IDFA Forum 2018

    With IDFA 2018 around the corner, we are pleased to announce the selected projects for the upcoming IDFA Forum, one of the largest co-financing and co-production markets in documentary film. This year, 51 projects have been selected to pitch in Amsterdam from November 18th-21st, when the next edition of IDFA Forum takes place. View the complete selection online.Read the press release.

    IDFA Bertha Fund announces selections for 2018 IBF Europe - Distribution grant

    Three documentaries have been selected for the IBF Europe – Distribution grant, which supports the distribution of co-productions between European and non-European producers.

    International co-producing takes center stage at IDFA’s Producers Network

    On Saturday November 17th, IDFA’s Producers Network returns in full force, with producers from around the world convening for an intensive program of round table discussions and networking. This year, the spotlight is on international co-production, and all the possibilities for producers looking to collaborate with another country. Apply for accreditation by October 10 to be considered for the Producers Network.

    IDFA signs 5050x2020 Pledge

    Nine weeks before the opening of its 31st edition, IDFA is proud to announce it has signed the 5050x2020 Pledge for Gender Parity and Inclusion in Film Festivals. Launched at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and previously signed by the festivals of Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, Annecy, and Sarajevo, the 5050x2020 initiative requests that film festivals around the world promise greater gender equality by undertaking a strict series of measures on transparency and accountability. In signing the Pledge, IDFA commits to the 5050x2020 objectives and invites all festivals to join the collective effort. Together, we can work to end injustice in the film industry, promote practices of inclusion, and enable a new generation of under-represented filmmakers.

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