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IDFA reveals selected projects for 2020 forum

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has revealed the 63 projects selected to pitch at the festival’s 2020 coproduction and co-financing market, IDFA Forum. Across this year’s selection, women make up ...
October 13, 2020

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has revealed the 63 projects selected to pitch at the festival’s 2020 coproduction and co-financing market, IDFA Forum.

Across this year’s selection, women make up 64% of the producers and directors; in the DocLab Forum, 46% are women. The entire forum selection includes projects from 45 different production and coproduction countries.

IDFA Forum’s 28th edition will be held online from Nov. 16 to 20.

Notable filmmakers in the selection include Maria Ramos (The Trial), pitching the investigative doc Justice Under Suspicion, about state rule in present-day Brazil; and Mohamed Jabaly (Ambulance), pitching Al Haya Helwa (Life is Beautiful; pictured), about the filmmaker’s cultural-exchange-turned-exile in the Norwegian arctic.

Other highlights include Things We Said Today, the found-footage project from Andrei Ujica, which offers a glimpse into New York during the summer of 1965, when the Beatles first came to town.

A slate of emerging directors and producers also join the pitch lineup, with Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu’s Testament, which traces the colonial atrocities of Kenya; and Everlane Moraes and Felipe Tomazelli’s Germano Black Society, about a social columnist raising the visibility of Black culture in Brazil.

Rough cuts in the selection include Mila Turajlić’s The Labudovic Reels, which dives into the vaults of the official cameraman of Josip Broz Tito, former President of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Up-and-coming directors include Victoria Fiore with the rough cut Hide and Seek (Nascondino), a first-hand look at Naples’ often-glorified criminal underworld and its impact on one local family.

In addition to the Forum’s regular presentation categories, 14 projects have been selected for a new category intended to support filmmakers through the pandemic.

The temporary section includes pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with financiers, commissioning editors and other decision makers.

Notable projects in the category include How to Build a Library by Maia Lekow and Christopher King; Anhell69 by Theo Montoya; and Draw for Change!, a docuseries from Laura Nix, Kim Longinotto, Nada Riyadh, Karen Vazquez Guadarrama, Arya Rothe and Anna Moiseenko.

This year’s IDFA Forum will also feature a new juried award for Best Pitch. The award winner, selected from the market’s film and new media sections, will be presented €2,500 (US$2,936) at the forum’s closing event Nov. 20.

IDFA’s hybrid 33rd edition will take place in Amsterdam and online. For the full list of projects heading to this year’s IDFA Forum, click here.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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