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IDF Pitching Section

IDF Pitching Section is the IDF's way of supporting to documentary filmmakers, providing a chance for international documentaries to go through an incubation process, encouraging them to create quality films as a form of art, telling the stories of Chinese society and documenting the lives of Chinese people. Here we have more films in line with the annual theme of Something-Somewhere. IDF Pitching looks to support documentaries in the production or post-production stage, including feature-length documentary (60 minutes and above) and documentary series (two or more related films).

The organizing committee shall pre-evaluate the collected proposals. Afterwards, the academic committee will review and vote, selecting 10 of the most promising projects for IDF Pitching. During the pitching session, every nominee will have 20 minutes to pitch and answer questions. The judging panel of the IDF Pitching Session is made up of international and local scholars, directors and producers, all invited by the academic committee. The panel votes for IDF Most Potential Development Plan (one plan) and IDF Outstanding Proposal (two proposals). Winners will be provided with prizes. IDF will track the progress of the productions, granting them the priority of entering the IDF“Glory of Documentary” Screening Section.

* for more details please refer to the announcement of open call for entries of IDF Pitching Section of 2019 the 3rd West Lake International Documentary Festival

Submission
Jury Commitee
  • 2018

Haibo HUANG

Hong Kong, China

Media professional and producer, committed to promoting the international development of China's television and film, engaged in film and television planning, production and administrative work. Current vice director of Phoenix Satellite TV Chinese station, director of the chief editor office, director of the film station.

Graduated from International journalism, Department of Foreign Languages, Beijing Broadcasting University (now the School of International Communication, Communication University of China); graduate school of Waseda University, Japan, Hong Kong University of science and technology. He once worked in the News Commentary Department of China Central TV, and joined Phoenix Satellite TV in 2002. He served as the planner and producer of many programs, such as special features, talk shows and documentaries; participated in the planning and production of programs and documentaries, won many international and domestic awards, and served as the judge and decision-maker of many domestic and foreign documentary festivals.

Shui-Bo WANG

Canada

Documentary director committed to promoting the international creation of Chinese documentaries and animation, and engaged in documentary, animation director and teaching work. Currently, he is a foreign professor and postgraduate tutor in the department of film and video art, Central Academy of Fine Arts, China; co-director of Canada National Film Bureau.

He is the first Chinese director shortlisted for the Academy Awards, Guggenheim scholar. He has been nominated for best short documentary at the Academy Awards, media arts documentary award of the national arts foundation of Canada, best director at the North American Asian film festival, best short film at the Toronto international documentary film festival and the Houston international film festival. Representative works include Carefree Beijing, The Sun Rises on Tiananmen Square, They Chose China and so on.

Zhen ZHANG

Sweden

Zhen ZHANG is a poet, scholar and curator, an Associate Professor in Cinema Studies and History at New York University.

She is the founder and co-organizer of Reel China Documentary Biennia and founding director of the Asian Film and Media Initiative. Her curatorial work includes film programs for the Film Society at Lincoln Center of Performing Arts, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taipei. Her books include: An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema 1896-1937, The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema and Society at the Turn of the 21st Century and a poetry collection, Dream Loft.

Bing LI

China

Documentary producer, dedicated to the creation and promotion of Chinese documentaries, engaged in documentary planning, directing, production and other work. Currently serves as general manager of the documentary center of Da Youku business group of Alibaba culture and entertainment group.

Engaged in documentary content creation and management for nearly 20 years, he has won numerous professional awards at home and abroad, including the golden prize of New York TV festival, Chinese Magnolia Award and Star Award. He used to be the producer and director of the CCT V documentary channel special program. Representative works: 《super engineering series》, 《vertical and horizontal China》, 《power of life》, etc.

Hailong ZHANG

China

Associate producer of documentary and poet (founder of We Read Poetry), committed to the creation and development of Chinese documentaries and Chinese media; engaged in documentary planning, writing, writing and other work; current director of Hangzhou Daily Film and Television Studio.

Once served as the chief editor of the CCTV documentary The Power of Nature, the literature coordinator of the CCTV documentary Kung Fu Shaolin; chief editor of the documentary Xinjiang is a Good Place on the 60th anniversary of Xinjiang construction district; contributor of CCTV international channel documentary Inheritance and Remembering Nostalgia. He wrote a column of film criticism on FT Chinese website, sina.com, China photography daily, people's photography newspaper and other media. His representative works include Seeing Is Changing, Photography Vision of the Third World and Others, Mountain Requiem of Luguang or Violence Aesthetics, etc.

2018
  • 2018 the Most Potential Development Plan

    A Second Child

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
    3. Runtime:90 min
    4. Director:FAN Jian
    5. Type of Work:Feature-Length Documentary
    6. Producer:LIANG Weichao、JIANG Songchao

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  • 2018 IDF Excellent Proposals

    Baseball Boys

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinnese
    3. Runtime:90 min
    4. Director:XU Huijing
    5. Type of Work:Feature-Length Documentary
    6. Producer:XU Huijing

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  • 2018 IDF Excellent Proposals

    Harden Love

    1. Country/Area of Production:China
    2. Language of Dialogue:Chinese
    3. Runtime:58 min
    4. Director:DONG Xueying
    5. Type of Work:Short Documentary
    6. Producer:Ruby Chen

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2018