Meet the Delegations at IDFA 2021

    Traditionally, IDFA is visited by delegations of various countries, regions, and organisations. This year is no different, with 13 delegations coming to the festival with films, projects and institutions related to documentary cinema.

    Three of the delegations will present their projects and films in the formal set-up of the Tuinzaal at the Brakke Grond: South Korea, Poland, and Palestine.

    South Korea is led by Korea Communications Agency and Korea Radio Promotion Association, and will present nine new, fascinating projects on November 20 at 16:00. In addition, the Asian country has Missing Pictures Episode 2: Tsai-Ming Liang, the Seven-Story Building in the DocLab: Liminal Reality section, and Abhay Kumar's project Sector Quicksand in IDFA Forum.

    The Polish delegation, headed by Polish Docs PRO, will showcase four projects on November 22 at 16:00, and more info can be found here. Poland also has four films in IDFA programs: Kacper Lisowski's Judges Under Pressure will world-premiere in Frontlight, Joanne Popinska's The Choice will bow in IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Storytelling, while Pawel Lozinski's The Balcony Movie screens in Masters section, and Tomasz Wolski's 1970 in Best of Fests.

    Inspired by IDFA's focus program The Future Tense, The Palestine Documentary Meetup (pictured on top), attending IDFA for the third time, explores the struggle in looking forward when the past remains unresolved. The session on November 24 at 16:00 will open with a curated conversation between four directors with films that received support from the Palestine Film Institute: Mohammed Abugaith (The Devil's Drivers), Dina Nasser (Tiny Souls), Rami Nihawi (Ibrahim: A Fate to Define), and Mohammed Jabaly (Ambulance).

    Wild Animal by Maria Besora

    Catalan Films is leading the Catalan Delegation, which is coming with Sine Die by Camila Moreiras in IDFA Competition for Short Documentary and the short Wild Animal by Maria Besora in IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary, while the Catalan co-production On the Other Side by Iván Guarnizo will screen in Best of Fests.

    Chilean Delegation arrives to Amsterdam led by Chiledoc and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, arts and heritage and CCDOC. They have prepared a detailed dossier of their presence at IDFA that you can find here, and at the festival the Latin American country has Nicolas Videla's Travesti Odyssey screening in the Luminous section. In addition, Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff's La Casa is taking part in IDFA Forum, and Nicolas van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf's Alis, a majority Colombian co-production, in Rough Cut Presentations.

    France is represented by the regional delegation led by Région Grand Est. Two documentaries supported by the Région Grand Est are in the official selection:Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang by Robin Hunzinger world-premieres in Luminous section, and The Velvet Queen by Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier screens in Best of Fests. A cinema powerhouse, France has no less than 51 productions or co-productions at IDFA 2021, and seven projects in IDFA Forum.

    Taamaden  by Seydou Cissé

    IDFA's old friends Generation Africa are back in Amsterdam, led by STEPS with the support of the Deutsche Welle Akademie. They are bringing a collection of 25 films from 16 African countries, which are produced for distribution through AfriDocs and are slated for a global broadcasting event with international public broadcasters led by Arte in 2022. Three of these are screening at IDFA: Seydou Cissé's Taamaden in the International Competition, and Ousmane Samassekou's The Last Shelter and Aicha Macky's Zinder in Best of Fests.

    For the tenth year running, Italy attends with an official Delegation of professionals organized by ITA - Italian Trade Agency,  in collaboration with Doc/it, the official association of Italian documentary producers and filmmakers. Italy has eight films in IDFA programs, including Giovanni Buccomino's After a Revolution in International Competition and new films by Yuri Ancarani, Giuseppe Tornatore, Marco Bellochio, and Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi and Alice Rohrwacher in Masters.

    The Japanese Delegation, taking part online, is made up of six directors and producers from Japan and the rest of Asia, filmmakers who pitched outstanding projects at Tokyo Docs 2021. Japan has two films in the programme, Maya Watanabe's short Bullet in Paradocs and Now Is the Past – My Father, Java & the Phantom Films by Shin-ichi Ise in Luminous. And of course, let's not forget IDFA Guest of Honor Hito Steyerl who included Mitsuo Sato and Kyoichi Yamaoka's 1985 film Yama: Attack to Attack in her Top 10.

    The Netherlands strengthens its own presence on home turf this year with a delegation organized by SEE NL in collaboration with the Netherlands Audiovisual Producers Alliance (NAPA) and Dutch CORE. More details on them can be found on this link, and they invite all accredited professionals to watch the Showreels of Dutch Docs selected for IDFA 2021 here.

    Museum of the Revolution by Srdjan Keča

    The Scottish Delegation of producers, filmmakers, and financiers are coming to Amsterdam to connect with audiences and the industry, and to promote their films and Scotland as a first-class place for documentary filmmaking and co-production, led by Scottish Documentary Institute and supported by Screen Scotland.

    Serbia returns to Amsterdam led by the Association of Documentary Filmmakers of Serbia, DOKSERBIA, and supported by Film Center Serbia. The Balkan country has three films at IDFA: Srdjan Keča's Museum of the Revolution world-premieres in Luminous, Dejan Petrović's Adjusting takes part in IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, and majority Slovenian co-production Reconciliation by Marija Zidar screens in Best of Fests.

    Finally, the US delegation is once again headed by Chicken & Egg Pictures, a media organization that supports international women and gender nonconforming documentary filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyses social change. This year they are bringing to IDFA the recipients of the 2021 Chicken & Egg Award, a program that recognizes and elevates six talented and experienced directors internationally with a $50,000 unrestricted grant and a year-long mentorship program.


    Meet the Delegations

    • November 1, 2019

    Delegations at IDFA 2021

    • Get acquainted with the delegations who are coming to IDFA 2021. Coming from all over the world, these professional filmmaker associations attend the festival to network, offer insight into local documentary industries and resources, and discuss possibilities for co-production.

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