IDFA ’15: Projects from Brettkelly, Hill head to Forum

Projects from Pietra Brettkelly, Brian Hill and Leonard Retel Helmrich are among the documentaries selected for next month's IDFA Forum in Amsterdam.
October 13, 2015

Projects from Pietra Brettkelly, Brian Hill and Leonard Retel Helmrich are among the documentaries selected for the IDFA Forum in the Netherlands next month.

The festival’s annual co-finance and production market will again take place in central Amsterdam’s Compagnietheater from November 23 to 25, and will see a total of 59 documentary projects being pitched, including 16 Central Pitch projects.

The IDFA Forum sees teams of filmmakers and producers presenting their projects to representatives from international broadcasters, online platforms, distributors and granting bodies in the hopes of securing financing and distribution.

While round table pitches are meant for projects in early stages of development and financing, the Central Pitch is aimed at docs in more advanced stages.

This year’s round table projects include Jeff Unay’s Greywater (working title), about an American cage fighter trying to leave the sport, which was last month pitched at the Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Pitch; Pietra Brettkelly’s Yellow is Forbidden, that focuses on Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei; and Brian Hill’s The Hippie Trail: How Paradise was Found – and Lost, which documents the overland ‘Hippie Trail’ from Europe to South Asia in the mid-1960s to late-1970s.

Meanwhile, Central Pitch projects include Kaspar Astrup Schroder’s Big Time; Leonard Retel Helmrich’s The Camp; Barbara Miller’s The Female Touch; Shirly Berkovitz’s Holes; Lorena Luciano’s In the Middle; and Pekka Lehto’s Jailhouse Socrates.

For a complete list of projects selected for the IDFA Forum, please click here.

This year’s festival – which runs from November 18 to 29 - includes 23 documentaries and one interactive project that were pitched as projects at previous editions of the IDFA Forum. The feature doc line-up was announced last week.

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