What's pitching at IDFA 2016

IDFA FORUM. The pitching venue of the big doc fest in Amsterdam is the place to be for filmmakers and funders with a keen eye on creative documentary. Introducing the five Danish titles selected for this year's IDFA Forum 21-23 November.

Intimate Encounter

INTERVIEW. What creates our identity? Sine Skibsholt looks at that question in her documentary "Who We Were", closely following a married couple, Mette Line and Kristian, as they go through a major crisis after Kristian's near-fatal stroke.

Slow is Beautiful

INTERVIEW. The essence is right there on the surface of Sebastian Cordes's "A Place Called Lloyd," an unconventionally told, meditative documentary celebrating community and professional pride.

Do We Really Need More Fences like Melilla?
INTERVIEW. In "Those Who Jump," directors Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner address the complex theme of migration through one simple narrative concept: young men wanting to jump a fence.
Road Trip to Hell

INTERVIEW. Euphoria quickly turned to tragedy for Syrian radio host Obaidah Zytoon, who started filming the Syrian uprising in 2011 and continued during the personal journey she and her friends made through the war-torn country. "The War Show" co-director Andreas Dalsgaard talks about the work involved in turning their story into a film.

The Weird World of the Chinese Building Boom
INTERVIEW. David Borenstein’s Danish-produced documentary "Dream Empire" maps China's red-hot real estate market through a youthful entrepreneur, Yana, who helps developers market their vast ghost towns as buzzing metropolises. 
Women's Voices on Sexuality

INTERVIEW. What started as screen tests for a narrative film about female desire ended up as the essence of Lea Glob and Mette Carla Albrechtsen's "Venus," a documentary on young female sexuality today, braided together from touching, intimately personal statements by the women themselves.

Co-Produce with People You Like

BACKGROUND. Danish documentary filmmakers have greatly expanded their networks in recent years. International partners especially appreciate the Danish knack for making audiences think for themselves. Here's an outline of current co-production trends.

Lübeck jury moved by Heartstone
AWARDS. Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson received the NDR Film Prize at the 58th Nordic Film Days Lübeck for his film debut "Heartstone," and Jesper W. Nielsen was honoured with the Audience Prize for "The Day Will Come."
Trine Dyrholm nominated for European Film Award
NOMINATION. For her role in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Commune," Trine Dyrholm receives one of the five nominations for European Actress 2016. This year's "European Oscars" will be held on 10 December in Wroclaw in Poland.
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