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IDFA Forum unveils 2011 projects

Dutch festival IDFA has unveiled the 57 projects chosen to pitch for funding at this year's IDFA Forum in Amsterdam, with filmmakers Janus Metz (Armadillo) and Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B) among those selected to offer new projects.
October 21, 2011

Dutch festival IDFA has unveiled the 57 projects chosen to pitch for funding at this year’s IDFA Forum in Amsterdam, with filmmakers Janus Metz (Armadillo) and Alexander Nanau (The World According to Ion B) among those selected to offer new projects.

The Forum will take place in Amsterdam from November 21-23, with filmmakers pitching to a host of international commissioning editors and funders in a variety of settings, including main hall pitches, round-table pitches and one-on-one meetings.

This year’s IDFA festival line-up includes 17 documentaries which were initially presented as prospective projects at past IDFA Forums, and the festival says some 90% of projects presented at the Forum eventually get produced.

Most of this year’s projects are from Europe, although Chile, Egypt, South Korea, the U.S. and Canada are also represented. The projects taking part in the central pitches include the latest projects by Joonas Berghäll (Steam of Life, 2009), Jos de Putter (Solo, the Law of the Favela, 1994) and Nanau (The World According to Ion B., 2010).

The new project by Metz (Armadillo, 2010) has been selected for the round-table pitches, along with two Dutch projects, by René Roelofs (Sons of Surinam, 2001) and Tommy Pallotta (Collapsus, 2010).

Flemish director Eva Küpper, who won last year’s IDFA Award for Student Documentary for What’s in a Name, will be presenting her new project; as will the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Green Screen Documentary 2010, Michael Madsen (Into Eternity, 2010).

Two projects that have received financial support from the Jan Vrijman Fund have also been selected to pitch, namely Mohamed Siam’s Whose Country? (Egypt/France) and Maite Alberdi’s Tea Time (Chile). Alberdi’s debut film, The Lifeguard, also screens this year in the IDFA Competition for First Appearance.

The full list of projects, along with synopses, can be found here.

Among the Forum’s most notable past success stories, Michael Collins’s Give Up Tomorrow was pitched at the event in 2009; Liz Garbus’s Bobby Fischer Against the World and Steve James’s The Interrupters were pitched at the Forum in 2008; and Victor Kossakovsky’s ¡Vivan las Antipodas! was pitched in 2007.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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