Magazine article Screen International

Doc Festival IDFA Kicks off as Deals for 'The Deminer', 'Time Trial' Announced

Magazine article Screen International

Doc Festival IDFA Kicks off as Deals for 'The Deminer', 'Time Trial' Announced

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Projects screening in Amsterdam this week include American Valhalla and Murder In Mansfiield.

‘Time Trial’

The 30th International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), one of the world’s biggest documentary events, opened last night in the presence of Dutch vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kajsa Ollongren.

This year’s event, running 15-26 November, is hosting some illustrious figures from the documentary world, among then Fred Wiseman, Jorgen Leth, D.A. Pennebaker, Heddy Honigmann, Steve James and Nick Broomfield.

Many are expected to participate in Saturday’s The Visual Voice: 30 years of IDFA, at which they take part in a six-hour marathon discussion on the state of documentary. The event is being staged in tribute to festival founder, Ally Derks.

Over the next few days, there will also be a huge influx of industry delegates, among them unprecedented numbers of sales agents.

“Documentaries have never had it so good,” commented Ana Vicente. Dogwoof Head of Sales. of the heightened interest in the form.


Dogwoof itself has just taken international rights for The Deminer, a film by Hogir Hirori, co-directed by Shinwar Kamal. The film will have its World Premiere in IDFA on Sunday.

With just a pair of wire cutters, “deminer” (bomb disposal expert) Fakhir disarms thousands of explosive mines across Mosul (Iraq) a task that could cost him his life but save the lives of thousands.

The deal was signed between Oli Harbottle of Dogwoof and producer Antonio Russo Merenda for Lolav Media, Dogwoof will present the film to international buyers at IDFA’s Docs for Sale market, while Cinetic Media hold North American rights.

Dogwoof is also pre-selling john + bjorn, its archive-based film looking at the intense rivalry between tennis stars, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. …

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