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IDFA celebrates 25th anniversary | Focus Forward Challenge Extended | FORUM Online presents new projects | New FORUM films at Docs for Sale Online

IDFA celebrates its 25th anniversary this November
IDFA will be celebrating its 25th anniversary from November 14-25. This will be an opportunity for reflection, but also a time to look ahead toward the future of the documentary genre. Alongside the regular programs, the festival will look back at 25 years of IDFA, presenting programs such as RE: Constructing History, and 25 Years of Highlights of the Lowlands, which focuses on Dutch documentary. IDFA will also organize a conference on the position of Dutch documentaries on the world stage, as well as offer a special IDFA Junior program.
Read more about the programs and view the list of films.

FOCUS FORWARD Challenge extended to October 7
GE and CINELAN announced the extension of the August 23 submission deadline for their FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Challenge competition. If you have an idea for a 3-minute nonfiction film about an innovation that would make for a better world, you have until October 7 to submit it. The top prize is $100,000 in cash. Read more.

FORUM Online presents four new projects
IDFA has selected four exciting IDFA Fund (formerly Jan Vrijman Fund) projects to be presented at the FORUM Online, the online platform where promising documentary projects can be presented to international financiers and producers. The four projects are The Marble Cow, Camera/Woman, SELECTION: Who Will Be a Gurkha?, and Zaineb Hates the Snow. Read more.

New FORUM films at Docs for Sale Online
As of September 1, we have another 40 new films at Docs for Sale Online, including works that were pitched at the FORUM in previous years. To name a few, there is the award-winning The World Before Her, and the gripping films The Ridge and Bravehearts.
See all the Latest Additions of Docs for Sale Online.

Upcoming deadline
The next Docs for Sale deadline is 15 September. Your documentary will be online at the beginning of November 2012 and placed in the Docs for Sale Catalogue during IDFA.

From now on, films that were pitched at the FORUM are welcome to be added to the Docs for Sale catalogue for free. So please send us any FORUM projects from past years, and we will be sure to include them.

For more information on regulations and how to apply, please visit

Bron: IDFA