IDFA 2018: What you should know!
Earlier this week in Amsterdam, IDFA’s Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia and the Program team held a special event at which they announced several elements of IDFA’s new program structure. Fewer films in total, with only 12 films in each competition category make it clear that IDFA plans to be even more selective in its programming, raising the profile of each film premiering at the festival. The 31st edition of IDFA, the world's leading documentary festival, takes place from November 14 to 25.
A plan to boost the profile of the festival’s launchpad competition for new talent, First Appearance, was also announced. Whereas this competition previously welcomed first and second films, it will now be open to first films only, and these will be assessed by a jury of renowned professionals. Issues of gender and geography lie at the heart of the plan presented: both younger and more experienced advisors and selectors from around the world are being added to IDFA’s proven programming team. The Artistic Director pledged that IDFA will publish an annual diversity report and will ensure that its efforts – or shortcomings – in terms of inclusivity are transparent, accountable and useful to the global documentary film community.