IDFA Forum

From November 21 through 23, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA’s international co-finance and production market IDFA Forum will take place in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam. During this market, filmmakers and producers present their documentary projects to representatives of international television stations, online platforms, distributers and funds with the aim of finding financing and distribution for their documentary projects. For the upcoming edition of the IDFA Forum, a total of 60 projects have been selected, including new projects from Thomas Balmès, Sandrine Bonnaire, Pernille Rose Grønkjær, Eugene Jarecki and Alexander Nanau.

The IDFA 2016 program contains 14 documentaries presented as projects at previous editions of the IDFA Forum.

IDFA Forum 2016 Selection
This year, 534 projects were submitted, from which a committee of international experts has selected 60 projects, including observational, investigative, historical and socially urgent documentary projects. Alongside the huge range of styles and subjects, a great diversity of countries of origin is also represented. 25 different countries are represented at the IDFA Forum.

The majority of the projects are linear creative documentaries; ten cross-media documentary projects have been selected by the likes of Jessica Brillhart and Lucy Hawking. The selection also contains five projects previously selected by the IDFA Bertha Fund, two of which previously received finance from IBF Europe. The originality and visual expressiveness of the project and the material filmed were the leading criteria in the selection of the projects. Depending on the genre, the stage of development and the content, these projects are allocated to one of several categories: the Round Table pitches, the Central Pitches and online for rough-cut projects. In all cases, individual discussions take place subsequently.

For the third year, special attention is being devoted to youth documentary, including the Dutch cross-media project If You Are Not There, Where Are You? by Maartje Nevejan.

IDFA Forum films at IDFA 2016
Some 90% of the projects presented at the IDFA Forum are eventually produced. Once again this year, a number of films that were presented as projects at previous editions of the IDFA Forum are included in the IDFA selection.

Pitched at the IDFA Forum 2015
Ambulance by Mohamed Jabaly (Norway/Palestine)
Prison Sisters by Nima Sarvestani (Sweden)
Singing with Angry Bird by Hyewon Jee (South Korea)
Still Tomorrow by Jian Fan (China)

Pitched at the IDFA Forum 2014
The Borneo Case by Dylan Williams & Erik Pauser (Sweden/Germany/Wales)
China’s van Goghs by Haibo Yu, Kiki Tianqi Yu & KiKi Yu (China/the Netherlands/France)
The Grown-Ups by Maite Alberdi (Chile/the Netherlands/France)
Rodnye (Close Relations) by Vitaly Mansky (Germany/Ukraine/Estonia/Latvia)
Solitary by Kristi Jacobson (USA)

Pitched at the IDFA Forum 2013
Dream Empire by David Borenstein (Denmark)
The Promise by Marcus Vetter (Germany/USA)

Pitched at the IDFA Forum 2012
Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez (USA/Belgium)

Pitched at the IDFA Forum 2011
Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in His Own Words by Thorsten Schütte (Germany/France)
Whose Country? by Mohamed Siam (Egypt/France/Kuwait/USA)

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