Submissions were from 40 countries.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced the 20 projects that received a total of €212,000 in the latest funding round from the Jan Vrijman Fund.

There had been 401 projects from 40 countries submitted.

The selection committee included Ally Derks (director of IDFA and JVF); Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen (head of Industry IDFA); Barbara Truyen (commissioning editor VPRO); Carmen Cobos (producer Cobosfilms); Denis Vaslin (producer Volya Films); Isabel Arrate Fernandez (manager Jan Vrijman Fund); Martijn te Pas (Programme Coordinator IDFA); Nick Ware (documentary consultant) and Steven Markovitz (producer Big World Cinema).

The projects backed are:

Script and Project Development

  • The Cleaner by Sarah Lamrini [pictured] (Morocco)
  • GITI – The Paradise in the Hell by Yves Niyongabo (Rwanda)
  • Buddha of Africa by Nicole Schafer (South Africa)
  • Kashmir: Beyond the Line of Control by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan)
  • The Marble Cow by Enrique Colina (Cuba)
  • anonymous project

Production and Postproduction

  • Logs of War by Hawa Essuman and Anjali Nayar (Kenya)
  • The Devil’s Lair by Riaan Hendricks (South Africa)
  • Zaineb Hates the Snow by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)
  • United Red Army by Naeem Mohaiemen (Bangladesh)
  • Char.. The Island Within by Sourav Sarangi (India)
  • Shall I Adopt or Confront by Siti Ariani Muflikhah (Indonesia)
  • Selection: Who will be a Gurkha by Kesang Tseten Lama (Nepal)
  • Whose Country by Mohamed Siam (Egypt)

Other Activities

  • K-DOX Workshop, Rutagungira Didier (Rwanda)
  • Trigger Pitch, Indian Documentary Foundation (India)
  • International Documentary Film Festival ‘Santiago Alvarez in Memoriam’, ICAIC (Cuba)
  • Baghdad International Film Festival, BIFF (Iraq)
  • 2 anonymous projects