The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has made its selections for the 2018 IDFA Forum, including new and returning faces.
A committee of international experts chose 51 projects from a record-breaking 768 submissions, to be pitched to producers, distributors and other stakeholders during the Forum.
Selections are meant to reflect the festival’s commitment to inclusivity and support for international documentary filmmaking, with numerous titles experimenting with documentary form itself, including Yoonsuk Jung’s Lash (pictured) and Marten Persiel’s The Way We Were.
Established filmmakers selected include Academy Award-nominated Guy Davidi, who presents his new film Senseless, along with Mohamed Al-Daradj and Hemal Trivedi. Up-and-coming talents include Sun Hee Engelstoft and Ayse Toprak.
Returning IDFA guests include Nanfu Wang (Untitled Cuba Project) from the U.S., Camilla Nielsson (Democrats 2) from Denmark and Renzo Martens (A Gentrification Program) from the Netherlands.
Since 2008, the IDFA Forum has also included a Crossmedia section, which this year is comprised of seven titles, including Ali Eslami and Mamala Shafahi’s nerd_funk.
Marianela Maldonado, Nino Orjonikidze and Vano Arsenishvili, Mehrdad Oskouei, and Hemal Trivedi will present projects supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, which seeks to stimulate and empower the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe.
See the full list of selected projects here.
The IDFA Forum will take place in Amsterdam from Nov. 18 to 21.