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FIFDH Impact Day announces its 2021 selection


- Half of the 16 selected projects are directed by women, over 30% by male directors, and the rest by teams of male and female directors

FIFDH Impact Day announces its 2021 selection
An image from a previous edition of Impact Day

The third edition of FIFDH Impact Day, the special programme on impact strategy for documentaries at any stage of production, will take place in a hybrid format. Focusing on the possibilities of filmmakers, producers, NGOs, organisations and foundations to create potential alliances and strategies, the programme is inviting 16 projects. The Impact Day is a part of the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) whose 19th edition runs from 5 to 14 March.

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A total of 131 documentary projects coming from 70 countries (considering both production and co-production territories) were submitted and 16 of them have been picked for the Impact Day 2021. The topics are spread around a vast array of current issues and include, among others, human rights abuses in Libya’s detention centres, children trafficking in India, the death penalty in Belarus, indigenous activism in the Amazon and the Philippines, or corporate responsibility in countries as Guatemala and Switzerland. The projects represent 19 countries from all the continents and half of them are directed by female filmmakers, over 30% are by male directors and the rest are co-directed by teams of male and female directors.

Laura Longobardi, head of Impact Day, mentioned: ”In this difficult year, in which the film industry has been hit like never before and the global pandemic has shown growing social inequalities and an uncertain future ahead, we’re glad to be able to create a space where filmmakers and change makers can act together to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time, using films as effective tools for social change.”

The activities for the selected filmmakers and producers are divided into two sessions. They begin with the first part of the Impact Lab, an online workshop running 27-28 January, that will also be accessible to a large number of observers. Afterwards, from 8-9 March, the hybrid event will take place both in Geneva and online and include both training and networking activities for all participants, whether they can travel or not. More precisely, on March 8, the second part of Impact Lab will focus on preparing the participants with a project for meeting with attending partners, while the Impact Day is on 9 March and will include both pre-arranged one-to-one meetings between filmmakers and organisations, as well as a session for NGOs and international organisations' representatives in order to provide them with tools for understanding how they can use films effectively in their activities.

Here is the list of selected projects for the 3rd FIFDH Impact Day:

72 Hours - Anna Savchenko
Producers: Playtime Films (Belgium), SaNoSi Productions (France), Volia Films (Estonia)

Forbidden - Anelise Salan
Producers: The L Studio Film, Eastmovies (Romania)

From The Shadows - Miriam Chandy
Producers: Filament Pictures Pvt Ltd (India), ¡Bricolagista! (Mexico/USA), Film Independent (USA)

Holding Up the Sky [+see also:
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(working title) - Pieter Van Eecke
Producers: Clin d’Oeil Films (Belgium), Een van de jongens (Netherlands)

Kamay - Ilyash Yourish and Shahrokh Bikaran
Producers: Ilyash Yourish, Shahrokh Bikaran (Afghanistan)

The Last Nomads - Biljana Tutorov and Petar Glomacić
Producers: Wake Up Films (Serbia), Cut-Up Production (Montenegro), Kinematograf (Slovenia), Les Films de l’Oeil Sauvage (France), Svinger Film (Slovenia)

Big Little Women - Nadia Fares
Producer: Framevox (Switzerland)

Lybia, No Escape From Hell - Sara Creta
Producer: Magneto (France)

Mala Aria - Sandrina Koppitz
Producer: Elemag Pictures (Germany)

The Mine - Nadine Pequeneza and Carla Molina
Producer: HitPlay Productions (Canada)

Paradise - Karl Malakunas
Producers: Thoughtful Robot Productions (USA), Storytellers International (Philippines)

Testament - Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu
Producers: AfroFilms International (Kenya), Twende Pictures (USA), Muiraquitã Films (Brazil)

To See You Again - Carolina Corral Paredes
Producer: Amate Films (Mexico)

Urban Genesis - Dodo Hunziker
Producer: Doklab (Switzerland)

Who’s Complaining - Roland Chauville and Tay Blyth-Kubota
Producer: Les Productions du Noyer (Switzerland)

Why Plastic - Louise Kjeldsen, Carsten Stomer, and Kate Godfrey
Producers: Plus Pictures and The Why Foundation (Denmark), a&o Buero (Germany), Renegade Pictures (UK)

The Impact Day is organised in collaboration with Doc Society and a wide range of international film industry organisations and supported by the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), MEDIA Desk Switzerland, the Fonds Culturels Sud, and the FOCAL Foundation.

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