(pictured: Indian project When Hari Got Married)
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has selected five projects to pitch for funding at part of a ‘Forum Online’ initiative, which will build upon the annual industry pitching event that takes place in Amsterdam.
The projects are all from countries that are typically less represented at the IDFA Forum and other pitching events in Europe, and all five have support from IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund, which aims “to give a voice” to non-western filmmakers.
“Just like the onsite Forum in Amsterdam, the presentation and conversation will be mediated by an international film professional whose goal is to seek out partners for coproduction and funding that fit each project in particular,” said IDFA Forum head Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen. “For this round documentary consultant Karolina Lidin [Nordisk Film & TV Fond] will be moderating.”
The five projects, with links and synopses provided by IDFA, are:
A South African project which explores through music the legacy of The Thousand And One Nights, in the context of huge political changes currently sweeping the Maghreb and the Middle East.
A doc produced by Rithy Pahn in Rough Cut Stage, which looks at forced marriages at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.
A beautifully shot film dealing with a young mine worker who is struggling with family traditions in contemporary ex-Yugoslavia.
A project from Peru which is about painting the summit of a mountain, in a bid to save the Peruvian climate.
A humorous project from India dealing with an online arranged marriage.