Film Selection 2012 online
Publication date: October 15, 2012
The selection for the upcoming IDFA (14-25 November 2012) is now online. The program consists of 317 titles (selected from more than 3,300 submissions), of which 97 documentaries will have their world premiere at the festival. The program includes a total of 64 Dutch productions, spread across the various program sections.
To mark its 25th anniversary, IDFA is putting Dutch documentary in the spotlight with the themed program ‘25 Years Highlights of the Lowlands’. In addition, IDFA will present a program entitled ‘RE: Constructing History’, in which a quarter of a century of global history will be shown through the lenses of big international documentary makers.
This year’s Top 10 is provided by Russian director Victor Kossakovsky, and a retrospective of his work will also be screening.
A new element this year is IDFA’s cooperation with Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum – two themed cluster blocks of video art will be shown as part of IDFA’s Paradocs program.
View the list of selected films for 2012
. Or view the films per program section:
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
16 films will compete in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, including Wrong Time Wrong Place by John Appel, the film that will open the festival on 14 November.
The jury, made up this year of Susan Froemke (USA), Michael Glawogger (Austria), Maria Goos (the Netherlands), Jørgen Leth (Denmark) and Kenneth Turan (USA), will present the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (€ 12,500).
IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
15 documentaries will compete for the NTR IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary in the IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, for films 30 to 60 minutes long. The winner will receive € 10,000.
IDFA Competition for First Appearance
In the IDFA Competition for First Appearance, 16 debut films compete for the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance. The best debut filmmaker will receive € 5,000.
IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
The IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary is the prize on offer in the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary. 15 student films from international film academies compete for this prize, worth € 2,500.
IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
The Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary, worth € 5,000, is presented to the best Dutch documentary. 16 films are in competition for this award.
IDFA Melkweg Competition for Music Documentary
The best music documentary from the programme compiled in cooperation with Amsterdam venue de Melkweg will receive the IDFA Melkweg Award for Best Music Documentary (€ 2,500). 15 music documentaries compete for this award.
IDFA DOC U Award
A special selection from the IDFA film programme for young people from 15 years of age is judged by a youth jury which will present the IDFA DOC U Award, worth € 1,500.
BankGiroLoterij IDFA Audience Award
All films in the competition, as well as films from other programme sections made this year are eligible for the BankGiroLoterij IDFA Audience Award, worth € 5,000.
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
The DocLab project that uses digital technology in the most creative and effective way to tell a documentary story will be eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling (€ 2,500).
Reflecting Images: Best of Fests
Documentaries that have kicked up a storm at international festivals during the past year.
Reflecting Images: Masters
The latest films by documentary greats such as Phie Ambo, Michael Apted, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Nishtha Jain, Morgan Spurlock and Julien Temple.
Reflecting Images: Panorama
Documentaries about urgent current social issues.
Experimental documentary and video art take centre stage in this programme. A new feature this year is the cooperation with the Stedelijk Museum, which is showing two themed cluster blocks of video art at IDFA. This selection, Stedelijk@IDFA
, includes work by Erik van Lieshout and Rineke Dijkstra.
Alongside the film program in the IDFA cinemas, Paradocs will present in cooperation with Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond and IDFA Doclab the 3rd edition of ‘Expanding Documentary’. Paradocs’ contribution consists of an installation by Jørgen Leth and the Empire project.
This year compiled by Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky.
Victor Kossakovsky Retrospective
An overview of the work of Victor Kossakovsky.
25 Years Highlights of the Lowlands
As part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of IDFA, 15 Dutch documentaries that have previously screened at the festival have been selected. This programme gives an overview of what has been produced by the big-name documentary makers in the Netherlands.
RE: Constructing History
In RE: Constructing History, a quarter of a century of world history is presented, as seen through the lenses of great documentary filmmakers. The programme consists of 15 films – all of which have previously screened at IDFA – and that examine momentous events and developments, such as the end of Apartheid, the digital revolution, 11 September and its aftermath.
Kids & Docs
and IDFA Junior
The 20 best documentaries for children aged 9 to 12 years.
On Sunday, 25 November, the first IDFA Junior will take place in EYE: the best stories for and about children during a festive daytime programme full of young people’s documentaries, special guests and fun activities.
On Thursday, 22 November all the documentaries to be broadcast worldwide the following week during the Why Poverty? theme week will be shown in cooperation with broadcaster VPRO in three blocks at festival location De Brakke Grond.
In addition, four Why Poverty? documentaries are included in the regular IDFA festival programme and eight short documentaries on this theme are screening ahead of features.
Latasters in Focus
The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision asked Peter Lataster and Petra Lataster-Czisch to be Documentary Makers in Focus 2012.
During IDFA, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision will be issuing a DVD boxed set containing a selection from their oeuvre. In addition, the archive film WE
will be screened, along with three other highlights from the Latasters’ oeuvre, in the programme section Latasters in Focus.
Ten three-minute documentaries on innovation, by the likes of Victor Kossakovsky, Jessica Yu, Steve James and Alex Gibney, screening ahead of features.
Doc Next @ IDFA is a programme made up of short documentaries by young European DIY media-makers. Their films are small stories with a big impact: from local heroes to political remix videos.
A selection of the Doc Next films will also be shown on the big screen, ahead of IDFA documentaries. More Doc Next can also be seen daily in the Mini Cinema on Rembrandtplein square.
The One Minutes
In cooperation with The One Minutes Foundation and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, a call was sent out for people to send in One Minute films with the theme IDFA’s anniversary number, ‘25’. The best of these will screen ahead of features during IDFA.
The festival opens on 14 November and runs until 25 November. On Wednesday, 21 November, the nominations will be announced for the various competitions. On Friday, 23 November, the awards will be presented in the Compagnietheater.