Mélanie de Vocht finished her MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam in 2005. After graduating she started working for the programme department of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). From 2006 until now she also started working for the IDFA Bertha Fund. As project manager of the fund Mélanie is part of the pre-selection committee, leads the selection rounds, guides the selected projects and takes care of the IDFA Bertha Fund selection and delegation at IDFA each year. In 20 years the IDFA Bertha Fund has developed into an internationally renowned institution with a broad network supporting over 600 documentaries projects and film organisations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle-East and Latin America.