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Hot Docs Unveils 25 Projects Selected For Buyer Forum ("Merkato" - Doc On Ethiopian Open Air Markets Makes Cut)

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by Courtney
March 28, 2012 11:06 AM
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Hot Docs has announce the 25 projects that will be presented during this year’s Hot Docs Forum. Recognized as North America’s essential market for the international documentary community, the Hot Docs Forum will take place May 2 and 3 during the 2012 edition of Hot Docs, April 26 to May 6. This year’s projects represent 15 different countries and were selected from 150 submissions.

Participating buyers confirmed to date include ARTE, Autlook Filmsales, BBC, CBC/SRC, China Central Television, E1 Entertainment, Ford Foundation, HBO, High Fidelity HDTV, Impact Partners, NHK, Participant Productions, PBS, and others.

The list of projects that will be presented at this year’s Hot Docs Forum follow; of note past S&A profiled projects like Sosena Solomon's Ethiopia-set Merkato :

112 WEDDINGS, 112 Weddings, LLC (USA); AN HONEST LIAR, Left Turn Films (USA); THE AUDACITY OF LOUIS ORTIZ, Saving Daylight Productions/Trilogy Films (USA); THE BATTLE FOR RIO, Pumpernickel Films / FORTIES BB ltc (France, USA); CAUGHT IN THE NET, Know Productions (USA, Israel); ELEPHANT SOLDIERS, Bars Media (Armenia); HOLY GHETTO, OneWorld Group (Israel); HUMANIA, Momento Film/Adomeit Films (Sweden, Denmark); INDIAN SPACEMEN, Sequoia Films (UK); INSIDE JOKE: HOW HUMOUR INVENTED THE JEWS, Cave 7 Productions/Ventana Film-Und Fernsehproduktionsgesellschaft MBH (Canada, Germany); LEONE STARS, Mattru Media (Canada); LET THE FIRE BURN, The George Washington University (USA); MEN’S CHOICE, Ethnogeographic Research Foundation (Russia, Norway); MERKATO, A Dopest Ethiopian Productions (USA); THE PLEASURES OF THE SCENTS, Lowik Média Inc. (Canada); SAND WARS, La Compagnie des Taxi Brousse/Rappi Production (France); SANDS OF THE SKEI QUEEN, Marie-Vérité Films (South Africa); SECRET DAUGHTER, Lotus Films (USA); SHADOW GIRL, Storyline Entertainment Inc./Maremoto Productions (Chile, Canada); SHATTERED PIECES OF PEACE, Nonhlanhla Dlamini (Swaziland); SVALKA: YULA’S JOURNEY, Hanna Polak Films/Goats Hill (USA); THESE BIRDS WALK, Paperbag Rider Films (USA); TREND BEACONS, Markell Productions/Spier Films (Iceland, UK); VIDAL V. BUCKLEY, Tremolo Productions/Media Ranch Productions (USA); ZANTA, Tripod Media LLC (USA).

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