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IDFA reveals selections for 2019 Forum

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has revealed the 60 projects selected to pitch at IDFA Forum, the event’s co-production and co-financing market. This year’s forum will be adapted to ...
October 22, 2019

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has revealed the 60 projects selected to pitch at IDFA Forum, the event’s co-production and co-financing market.

This year’s forum will be adapted to allow for “tailor-made” pitches, which places new emphasis on hand-picked groups to ensure “every pitch team gets exactly the audience they need,” the festival stated in a release.

The IDFA Forum’s final selection was whittled down from 730 submitted projects by the festival’s committee.

The Round Table Pitch will include 27 projects; the Arts & Culture Round Table Pitch comprises seven; and the Children’s Documentary Round Table Pitch includes three. Six projects will screen in the Rough Cuts category.

Projects from established documentary directors, such as Erik Gandini’s After Work, My Father’s Silence from Aliona van der Horst (pictured), and Avi Mograbi’s The First 53 Years, will be part of the mix.

The forum also welcomes up-and-coming filmmakers, such as Srđan Keča’s Museum of the Revolution.

Production companies pitching for the first time include Gusano Films with Robin Bank and Curatorial with Nam June Paik: Man on the Electronic Superhighway.

Companies returning include Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion with Eternal Me, Les Films d’Ici with Pandora’s Box and Final Cut for Real with Art of Repression and I See for You.

The festival’s newly introduced cross-media market, IDFA DocLab Forum, selected 17 projects, which include web-based docs, virtual reality and multimedia journalism, among others.

This year’s selection features projects by producers and co-producers from 44 different countries. According to IDFA, well over half of the members of all pitching teams – consisting of both directors and producers – are women.

For a full list of projects headed to the IDFA Forum, visit the festival’s website.

The Forum will be held in Amsterdam from Nov. 24 to 27, 2019.

(Photo: Carla Van de Puttelaar)

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