Congratulations to Kenyan director Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar and South African producer Steven Markovitz on their feature documentary project, Logs Of War, being selected for the 2014 Hot Docs Forum, regarded as the most effective international documentary market in North America - a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion.
It's a two-day, focused on a slate of pre-selected international project presentations showcased in front of a round table of commissioning editors, programming executives and delegates from around the globe.
The South African/Kenyan production, Logs Of War, follows a hardened Liberian activist who goes up against Nobel Laureate President Sirleaf over corruption, and the war on resources. But when his wife gets cancer and brother runs for politics, his hardline stance blurs.
Steven Markovitz's Big World Cinema production company is producing the film, which has been the recipient of a few other similar accolades, like being selected for the 2013 Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund, as well as the IDFA Fund in 2012 to name a couple.
The full list of projects below will be pitched at this year’s Hot Docs Forum, which takes place on April 30 and May 1, during the 2014 Hot Docs Festival.
THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST, Hopscotch Films Ltd, Mentorn (UK)
AMINA – A GAY GIRL IN DAMASCUS, Esperamos, The National Film Board of Canada (Canada)
THE BABUSHKA’S OF CHERNOBYL, The Babushkas Of Chernobyl LLC (USA)
THE BLIND CINEMA CLUB, Big Red Barn Films, PBS ITVS (Independent Television Service) (USA)
A BLIND EYE, Sole Possession Productions, Big Mouth Productions (USA)
THE BLUE ID, ARTvoltage, MOXIE (Turkey)
A COLD WAR, Sling & Arrow, JOTZ Production Pty Ltd (Australia)
(DIS)HONESTY – THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES, SALTY Features, CNBC (USA)
IN THE SHADOW OF THE DREAM, Pumpernickel Films, Ran-Entertainment , Dream Shadow LLC (France, USA)
THE KOREAN DREAM, Morena Films S.L., Halley Productions, Met Film Production, Taskovski Films (Spain, France, UK, Germany)
LET THERE BE LIGHT, EyeSteelFilm (Canada)
LOGS OF WAR, Platypus Productions, Big World Cinema (Kenya, South Africa)
THE NIGHT DAD BROUGHT US HOME, Indie Film As (Norway)
THE PRICE WE PAY, InformAction Films Inc. (Canada)
PUTIN’S NUMBER ONE ENEMY, Double Bounce Films, Roast Beef Productions (UK)
THE SKYJACKER’S TALE, Cave 7 Productions Inc. (Canada)
TEMPEST STORM, Shot Glass Productions (Canada)
TWO MEN, A CAR, AND THE WALL, 212BERLIN FILMS, Alfeneeks Films (Mexico, Palestine)
WRESTLING ALLIGATORS, Wrestling Alligators, Inc. (USA