IDFA 2012 Line Up Announced; Four TFI Alums with World Premieres

The line up for this year's International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) were announced late last week and we are happy to announce the handful of projects on hand that are TFI program alumni.

Heading to IDFA include films that have already found success on the festival circuit like Petra Costa's Elena (Latin America Media Arts Fund), which won multiple awards at the Brasilia Film Festival; Kief Davidson's Open Heart (GTDF), which has screened at Docuweeks and recently made the Oscar short documentary shortlist; Nisha Pahuja's Tribeca Film Festival award winner The World Before Her (GTDF); and recent Toronto International Film Festival entries Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief's Rafea: Solar Mama and Daniel Gordon's 9.79* (TFI Documentary Fund), which aired last week as part of ESPN's 30 For 30 series.

There are also world premieres:

Smash & Grab - The Story of the Pink Panthers (TFI Documentary Fund)
Directed by Havana Marking, it's about the world's most wanted diamond robbers, told from the point of view of the culprits themselves, the police, and the press. We've seen this classic cat-and-mouse game in many movies, but this time it's real.


Alias Ruby Blade (GTDF)
Director Alex Meillier follows one courageous woman who risks everything for the love of the imprisoned leader of a nation struggling for freedom. Together they nurture the tumultuous birth of the world’s newest nation – Timor-Leste.    


Mercy Mercy (GTDF)
International adoption seems like the perfect solution to a heartbreaking imbalance: Poor countries have babies in need of homes, and rich countries have homes in need of babies. Unfortunately, as director Katrine Kjaer learns, a lot of the orphans are not orphans at all.


Alma's Tears - A Tale of Violence (TFI New Media Fund)
In a moving confession of a former member of one of Guatemala’s most violent gangs, Alma tells her story in a unique interactive web/tablet concept in which the viewer moves between two screen levels, a face-to-face experience and a visual evocation of Alma’s recollections. (Key Participants: Miquel Dewever-Plana, Isabelle Fougère, Hugues Micol, Sebastien Brothier)


Learn more about IDFA go here, the festival runs November 14-25.

[Photo: Smash & Grab]