Once again Danish documentaries impact on the international scene. This year the 23rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (17-28 November) has selected 10 Danish documentary films to appear in IDFA programmes, seven of the films are selected for the competition programmes, and no fewer than six for Reflecting Images:
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
Blood in the Mobile / Frank Piasecki Poulsen / Koncern TV- og Filmproduktion
- The Good Life / Eva Mulvad / Danish Documentary Production
IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
- The Home Front / Phie Ambo / Danish Documentary Production
- Masai on the Move / Morten Vest & Robin Schmidt / Filmselskabet.dk
- Panorama: My Avatar and me / Bente Milton, Mikkel Stolt / Milton Media, Fenris Film & Multimedia, R-Film
- Panorama: Pig Country /Andreas Koefoed / Barok Film
- Panorama: My Playground / Kaspar Astrup Schröder / KSPR
- Reflecting Masters: Erotic Man / Jørgen Leth / Zentropa
- Best of Fests: Armadillo / Janus Metz / Fridthjof Film
- Best of Fests: Into Eternity / Michael Madsen / Magic Hour Films
Three films from the Reflecting Images section are also selected for the competition programmes:
Doc U! competition
The award programme Doc U! is aimed at introducing a young audience to documentary cinema. The films are selected together with young people aged 15 to 18 years. This year both Kaspar Astrup Schröder's My Playground and Janus Metz Armadillo are selected.
Green Screen competition
IDFA has now turned its Green Screen doc section into a competition program for films focusing on sustainability and the interaction between man and his environment. Michael Madsen and Magic Hour's Into Eternity is selected. A three-strong international jury will assess the films and present the IDFA Award for Best Green Screen Documentary.
Also selected for this competition is the US produced 'Cool It', a portrait of Denmark's controversial scientist and writer Bjørn Lomborg.
Danish Jury member
Director Andreas Koefoed whose film Pig Country will screen in Reflecting Images will sit on the Student Competition Jury. This honour follows the success of his films 'Albert's Vinter', '12 Notes Down', and 'A Day in the Smoke', chosen for IDFA programmes in 2008 and 2009.
Forum—pitching at the co-financing market
Every year some 40-50 projects are pitched by their directors and producers to an audience of financers and TV-executives in order to raise capital for their film. This year Denmark is represented with four new projects at the international co-financing market Forum:
Pitching in the Round Table session:
- I Want to Cheer You Up Ltd. / Kaspar Astrup Schröder / Plus Pictures
- 300 Reasons to Smile / Brian McGinn / Plus Pictures
- Ballroom Dancer / Christian Bonke, Andreas Koefoed, / Danish Documentary
Pitching in the Central Pitch session:
- Democrats / Camilla Nielsson / Upfront Films