Ancestral Secret-IDFA Forum-2020
Ancestral Secret, a VR project by Francisca Silva

63 projects have been selected for the 2020 IDFA Forum, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam’s co-production and co-financing market.

Featuring established filmmakers and new voices, a new award (IDFA Forum Award for Best Pitch), an additional presentation category designed to support filmmakers through the pandemic, and the market’s most diverse lineup to date, the Forum will take place online from November 16 to 20. A complete rundown of the films selected is below.

IDFA Forum 2020 Selected Projects

  • African Space Makers (dir. Vincenzo Cavallo) – Kenya/Germany
  • Airborne (dir. Shaunak Sen) – India
  • Al Haya Helwa (Life Is Beautiful) (dir. Mohamed Jabaly) – Norway/Palestine
  • Alis  (dir. Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf) – Colombia/France/Germany/Denmark/Chile
  • Amalie’s Shadow (dir. Esther Niemeier – Germany
  • Ancestral Secret VR  (dir. Francisca Silva) – Chile
  • Anchor Baby  (dir. Ana Veselic, Jessica Chermayeff) – USA
  • Angel – Diary of a Planned Death  (dir. Fernando González) – Spain
  • Anhell69  (dir. Theo Montoya) – Colombia/Argentina/Romania
  • Apollonia, Apollonia (dir. Lea Glob) – Denmark/Poland
  • The Broom (dir. Nim Shapira) – Israel
  • Burn the Cuckoo’s Nest  (dir. Jo Sol) – Spain
  • Carving with Memories: Ihyangjeong (dir. Sunghwan Lee) – South Korea
  • Culture Archive (dir. Kidus Hailesilassie, Ainslee Robson) – USA/Ghana/Ethiopia
  • Daniel & Daniela  (dir. Sofia Pinto Coelho) – Portugal
  • Diktatura Dir. Sindi Breshani) – UK/Albania
  • Draw for Change! (dir. Laura Nix, >Kim Longinotto, Nada Riyadh, Karen Vazquez Guadarrama, Arya Rothe, Anna Moiseenko – Belgium/USA/Netherlands/Luxembourg/Denmark/France
  • The Driven Ones  (dir. Piet Baumgartner) – Switzerland
  • The First 54 Years  (dir. Avi Mograbi) – France/Israel/Finland
  • A Fugitive in Cannes (dir. Dimitri Kourtchine, Marie-Christine Malbert) – France
  • Future Rites (dir. Sandra Rodriguez, Alexander Whitley) – UK/Canada
  • Germano Black Society (dir. Everlane Moraes) – Brazil
  • F@ck This Job (dir. Vera Krichevskaya) – UK/Germany
  • The Garden of Ghost Flowers  (dir. Lundahl & Seitl) – Sweden/UK
  • The Golden Thread (dir. Nishtha Jain) – India/Netherlands/Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Good Neighbours (dir. Natalie Dixon, Klasien van de Zandschulp) – Netherlands/UK
  • Hide and Seek (Nascondino)  (dir. Victoria Fiore) – UK/Italy
  • A House Made of Splinters (dir. Simon Lereng Wilmont) – Denmark/Sweden/Finland/Ukraine
  • How to Build a Library (dir. Maia Lekow, Christopher King) – Kenya
  • INSIDE: A Journey Into the World of Outsider Artist Judith Scott  (dir. Sacha Wares) – UK/Canada
  • Just For One Day  (dir. Dale Herigstad, Johannes Brandrup) – Germany/UK
  • Justice Under Suspicion (dir. Maria Ramos) – Brazil/France
  • Kamay (dir. Shahrokh Bikaran, Ilyas Yourish) – Afghanistan/Denmark
  • Karuara, People of the River  (dir. Miguel Araoz Cartagena, Stephanie Boyd) – Peru
  • The Labudovic Reels (dir. Mila Turajlić) – Serbia/France/Montenegro/Croatia
  • Letters from Ms. Iran  (dir. Farahnaz Sharifi, Leyla Rouhi) – Iran
  • Lili (dir. Sylwia Rosak) – Poland
  • Loving Highsmith (dir. Eva Vitija) – Switzerland/Germany
  • Made in Ethiopia (dir. Max Duncan, Xinyan Yu) – USA/Canada
  • Mom of the Ring (dir. Yue Wu) – China/South Korea
  • Motherland (dir. Hanna Badziaka, Alexander Mihalkovich) – Belarus/Ukraine/Sweden
  • Obsessed with Light  (dir. Sabine Krayenbühl, Zeva Oelbaum) – USA/France
  • Of Boys and Men (dir. Anders S Jepsen) – Denmark
  • One in a Million (dir. Jack MacInnes, Itab Azzam) – UK
  • The Pulp (dir. Aubrey Heichemer) – Germany
  • Queen of Chess (dir. Bernadett Tuza-Ritter) – Hungary/Germany
  • Song of Summer and Winter (dir. Talal Derki) – Denmark/Germany
  • A South Asian Queer Pamphlet (dir. Soumya Mukhopadhyay) – India
  • Survival of the Richest (dir. Liz Mermin) – Netherlands/France
  • Sweeties (dir. Natalie Bruijns, Anneke De Lind van Wijngaarden) – Netherlands
  • Symbiosis  (dir. Marcel van Brakel) – Netherlands/Italy
  • A Symphony of Noise (dir. Enrique Sánchez Lansch) – Germany
  • Testament (dir. Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu) – USA/Kenya/Portugal
  • There Exists (dir. Anrick Bregman) – UK
  • Things We Said Today (dir. Andrei Ujica) – Romania/France
  • This Is My Moment (dir. Lieven Corthouts) – Belgium/France/Netherlands
  • Thunder and Drum (dir. François Blouin) – Canada/Denmark/Greenland
  • The Trans Syrian Express  (dir. Alina Rudnitskaya) – Finland/Poland/Russia
  • The True Film (dir. Christina Zimmermann) – Switzerland
  • We Are Inside  (dir. Farah Kassem) – Lebanon/Denmark
  • Witnesses from Shadows  (dir. Ousmane Samassekou) – France/Mali/South Africa
  • 32 Sounds (dir. Sam Green) – USA