Kristof Bilsen was at IDFA last year with his graduation film White Elephant. Now he's back for the IDFA Forum, the festival's co-production market, with a project that will extend the short documentary into a feature.
In this feature project, called White Elephants, Bilsen wants to continue the story of the Kinshasa central post office which he portrayed in his graduation short and explore the city's railway and fire stations.
'These three places give you a universal reflection on the working state,' he explains. 'The idea is that it also mirrors where we might be heading in times of global crisis.'
Bilsen thinks the project will benefit from IDFA's system of roundtable pitches. 'They are more informal and we are still at a stage where we can really welcome feedback and discuss where the project is at.'
He will be pitching, along with producers Mike Lerner of Roast Beef Productions in the UK and Bram Crols of Associate Directors in Belgium. The goal is to secure pre-acquisition deals and find possible broadcast co-production partners. IM