The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam has selected 60 project’s for the IDFA Forum market this year, including new projects from Thomas Balmès, Sandrine Bonnaire, Pernille Rose Grønkær, Eugene Jarecki and Alexander Nanau. The IDFA 2016 program also contains 14 documentaries that were presented as projects at previous editions of the IDFA Forum.
Five hundred and thirty-four projects were submitted for the 2016 market. The 60 projects ultimately chosen by a committee of international experts include observational, investigative, historical and socially urgent documentary projects. The selections also represent a 25 different countries. The majority of projects are linear creative documentaries, with 10 cross-media documentary projects being selected by a panel including Jessica Brillhart, the principal filmmaker for VR at Google, and journalist and author Lucy Hawking (also the daughter of famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking).
The selection also includes five projects previously picked by the IDFA Bertha Fund, two of which previously received financing from IBF Europe, with the originality and the visual expressiveness of the project and the material filmed being the leading criteria for the selection of the projects. Depending on the genre, stage of development and content, the projects will be allocated to one of several categories: the Round Table pitches; the Central Pitches; and only for rough-cut projects.
The IDFA Forum is devoting special attention to youth documentary for the third year in a row, including the Dutch cross-media project If You Are Not There, Where Are You? by Maartje Nevejan.
Approximately 90% of the projects presented at the forum are eventually produced. The 2016 edition of the forum will again include in its selection films that were presented as projects at previous editions of the IDFA Forum:
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 Netgerlands/France)
- Rodnye (Close Relations) by Vitaly Mansky (Gernmany/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)