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EDN congratulates! Two Docs in Thessaloniki projects in competition at IDFA


EDN congratulates! is a series of news stories where we congratulate documentary teams from EDN workshops when they have achieved great results. For this second edition of EDN congratulates! we are proud to recognise two pitch teams from this year’s edition of Docs in Thessaloniki. Both teams are selected for the competition programs at IDFA.

My Life My Lesson

It seems that the 2014 edition of Docs in Thessaloniki was particularly good if you were a Swedish pitch team with the intention of premiering at the IDFA festival. Both pitch teams we are congratulating are Swedish productions premiering at one of the IDFA competition programs.

First of the selected films is Those Who Said NO, which will screen at IDFA in the feature length competition. The film is directed by Nima Servestani and produced by Nima Film in Sweden.

The film follows the 2012 Iran Tribunal in The Hague, which was set to investigate the executions carried out by the Iranian regime after the 1979 revolution. This international people’s court has no executive power, but aims principally to identify and investigate what went on. For three days, survivors and members of victims’ families, including the filmmaker Nima Sarvestani, give their testimony. Survivors describe the horrors of their captivity in detail, but will justice ever prevail?

Those Who Said NO is done in collaboration with a number of EDN members including editor Jesper Osmund and co-produced with Heino Deckert. Involved broadcasters include SVT, DR and ZDF/ARTERead more about Those Who Said NO at the IDFA web site.

The other selected film is My Life My Lesson directed by Åsa Ekman and produced by Oscar Hedin, Film and Tell, Sweden. The film will screen at the IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary.

As a young girl, the seemingly calm but inwardly disturbed teenager Felicia experienced her stepfather’s systematic physical abuse of her mother. Both parents struggled with addiction. After a few years away from home, Felicia returns to her family. Felicia pushes her way through the chaotic household, while her stepfather attempts to make contact again after years of absence. The conflicting loyalties she then faces lead her to revert to self-destructive behaviour. A poignant but unsentimental portrait of a troubled family and a young girl’s immensely difficult inner struggle. Read more about My Life My Lesson at the IDFA web site.

Docs in Thessaloniki is a cost effective fast track to the European and international documentary market. In Thessaloniki you will develop your documentary project, network with colleagues and pitch to financiers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere. Submission deadline for projects participating in the 2015 edition of the pitching forum is on January 16, 2015. Here you can read more about Docs in Thessaloniki.