New tasks from filmmakers Tatiana Huezo (“Prayers for the Stolen”), Mads Brügger (“Cold Case Hammarskjöld”), and Nishtha Jain (“Gulabi Gang”) will mark this yr’s IDFA pitch discussion board, which can return as an in-person occasion, working concurrent to the bigger competition from Nov. 20-26.
The doc competition’s business centered co-financing and co-production market, IDFA Forum will host 62 titles throughout its 5 completely different sections, permitting filmmakers and producers to current their tasks – all at numerous phases of manufacturing and improvement – earlier than consumers, curators and numerous choice makers from the worlds of private and non-private broadcasting, streaming and worldwide movie festivals.
Heading into its twenty ninth version, the market’s flagship pitch session will host 23 titles. Among them, Huezo’s “The Echo” follows a bunch of youngsters cast by the tough local weather of a distant mountain village; Brügger’s “Who Killed Thomas Sankara?” tracks the 1987 assassination of the Burkinabé president; and Jain’s “Farming the Revolution” (pictured) captures India’s ongoing agricultural protests via a poetic lens.
Reflecting latest geopolitical information, Nahid Persson’s “Son of the Mullah” will highlight the December 2020 execution of Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam, whereas Christopher King and Maia Lekow’s (“The Letter”) nonetheless untitled Kenyan political undertaking will supply a character-based examine of the women-led grassroots motion reshaping Kenya’s conservative Lamu area.
Other titles embody thinker Paul B. Preciado’s essay movie “Orlando: My Political Biography,” Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s lockdown exploration “La Casa,” and Tea Vidović Dalipi’s culture-clash self-portrait “Bride in Search of Happiness,” amongst a number of extra.
Joseph Paris’ “The Flag,” Asmae El Moudir’s “The Mother of All Lies,” and Hanka Nobis’s “Brotherhood” will probably be among the many seven titles showcased as a part of IDFA Forum’s rough-cut part, the market slot for tasks nearing completion, whereas the IDFA DocLab Forum will characteristic 13 titles – from all phases of improvement – created for XR, VR and different new media codecs. Launched in collaboration with MIT, the DocLab R&D program will characteristic one other 4 tasks.
“I’m incredibly excited about the film and new media projects we’ve selected for IDFA Forum,” says business head Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen. “The ingenuity of filmmaker teams developing unique and cinematic projects, despite an ongoing pandemic, is truly a hopeful sign for the future of creative documentary.”
“Within the selection, we found promising and inspiring collaborations between directors and producers that cut across cultures and borders,” van Nieuwenhuijzen continues, previewing IDFA Forum’s latest addition.
“In light of such collaboration, I feel there is no better time to launch the Producers Connection at the Forum, an intimate breeding ground for projects in the right stage to forge strong international partnerships and enter into fair co-productions.”
For its inaugural yr, the Producers Connection will characteristic 15 co-pros in early phases, and can host two days of quick displays and one-on-one conferences open to business fixtures and newcomers alike. Of this yr’s first batch, notable international collaborations embody the Franco-Russian “New Life,” the Indian-South Korean “Sector Quicksand” and the Afghan-Filipino “Dream of Grape Gardens.”