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IDFA industry updates on the Forum, Docs for Sale and the IDFA Bertha fund


IDFA, the world’s biggest documentary film festival, has announced updates on their industry initiatives connected to the festival. It includes the deadline for their pitching forum, submission dates for their market and new grants from their fund.

Pitching to financiers at The IDFA Forum

Deadline for the IDFA Forum
IDFA Forum is the main documentary financing forum offering producers the opportunity to pitch their selected projects to commissioning editors, funds, financiers and distributors. This year, in addition to the Central and Round Table pitches, the IDFA Forum is introducing two new pitch categories being The Docs4Cinema Meetings and The Work in Progress Screenings.

The Docs4Cinema Meetings are designed for documentary projects suitable for theatrical release. Producers looking for co-producers and distributors are invited to submit their projects. The selected projects will benefit from one-on-one meetings with producers interested in co-production, distributors and even funds. The Work in Progress Screenings offer selected filmmakers the opportunity to receive professional feedback from Forum delegates in the audience. They offer TV buyers, sales agents, distributors and/or festival programmers the opportunity to preview new and exciting projects that are potentially interesting for acquisition.

The deadline to submit your documentary project to IDFA Forum is September 1, 2013. For more information on regulations and how to submit your project, please visit the IDFA Forum web site.     

Submission dates for Docs for Sale
Docs for Sale is a marketplace for creative documentaries, offering streaming video all year round and excellent networking opportunities to buyers and sellers of quality documentaries. The next deadlines for submitting films are:

August 1: your documentary will be online on September 1, 2013 and will be placed in the Docs for Sale catalogue during IDFA.

September 15: your documentary will be online on November 4, 2013 and will be placed in the Docs for Sale catalogue during IDFA.

For more information on regulations and how to apply, please visit the Docs for Sale web site. 

IDFA Bertha Fund concludes May selection
For the May selection round of 2013, the IDFA Bertha Fund considered 330 projects from more than 40 different countries. In total, an amount of €209.000 was granted to thirteen documentary projects and five documentary festivals. The granted projects are:

Script and Project Development

  • *   Tempest by Tatiana Huezo, Mexico
  • *   An Endless Revolution by Jewelyn Maranan, Philippines
  • *   The Road to Nowhere by Shin Daewe, Myanmar
  • *   Stolen Images by Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay
  • *   Grandma, Is There a Man at the Door? by Loubna Fahmi, Morocco
  • *   Anonymous project

Production and Postproduction

  • *   Proposition for a Revolution by Vinay Shukla and Khushboo Ranka, India
  • *   Day After Tomorrow by Kamar Ahmad Simon, Bangladesh
  • *   Weaving by Yang Wang, China
  • *   Lesbians United by Pete Murimi, Kenya
  • *   The Betel Begins the Conversation by Xuan Duong and Bao Nguyen, Vietnam
  • *   Plastic China by Jiuliang Wang, China 
  • *   The Siren of Faso Fani by Michel Zongo, Burkina Faso

Documentary Festivals

  • *   Wathann Film Festival, Myanmar
  • *   Human Rights Human Dignity, Myanmar
  • *   RDOC International Documentary Film Festival, Dominican Republic
  • *   Cine-DOC Tbilisi, Georgia
  • *   Yxine Film Festival, Vietnam

Read more about the funding criteria at the IDFA Bertha Fund web site.

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