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Australian projects announced for No Borders Co-Pro Market in New York

IFP has announced three Australian projects as part of its 2013 slate of new films in development for the prestigious No Borders International Co-Production Market at Independent Film Week, in New York.

From producers Trish Lake and Dan Lake, director Pia Marais and writer Roger Monk is Dance for Me, a film set in the Afrikaans society of South Africa, where a woman finds the lines between revenge, justice and love blurred after she entraps her mother’s attacker.

The Detective, directed by Peter Andrikidis, produced by Sarah Boote and Michael Robertson, and written by Roger Joyce, is a story about an Australian cop who arrives in Afghanistan to investigate the death of a former colleague, his only ally an Afghani policewoman. Together they find that his friend was caught up in the intrigue involving a village massacre.

Based on a true story, Ivan Lendl Never Learnt to Volley is directed by Justin Kurzel and Jed Kurzel, produced by Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, and written by Jed Kurzel. When the fatal accident of an opponent rocks the Moscow junior tennis circuit, 13-year-old Alexander and his father, Dimitri, begin a desperate journey across Europe to keep their dreams alive.

These three films are among 42 new narrative feature projects in late development that will be presented at No Borders to buyers, sales agents and financiers.

Independent Film Week takes place 15–19 September 2013, as part of an overall multi-strand event called Project Forum. Project Forum brings the international film and media community to New York City to advance new projects and support the future of storytelling by nurturing the work of both emerging and established independent artists and filmmakers.

A total of 163 US and international projects have been selected for the 2013 Project Forum, evenly split between documentary and narrative features. These projects hail from throughout the US, Europe and Canada, as well Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East.

Screen Australia has partnered with IFP for three years in the No Borders program to provide opportunities for Australian feature projects to be presented to the international market.