New Amsterdam Human Rights Award to be presented at IDFA

    The inaugural Amsterdam Human Rights Award will be presented for the best human rights documentary at the upcoming 30th edition of IDFA. An international jury will choose a film from the IDFA program with strong cinematography that best presents the theme of human rights. The award has been created by the City of Amsterdam and consists of a cash prize of €25,000.

    The creative documentary lies at the heart of IDFA; quality in artistic and cinematographic terms is key. Selected documentaries often deal with socially relevant and urgent themes, in which human rights play a central role. IDFA will select six to ten films from this year's program (of over 300 titles) to be submitted to an three-strong international jury of film and human rights experts. The jury will then nominate three films for their cinematographic qualities. All three nominated films will be screened on MOnday, November 20 - International Children's Rights Daty - and the winner of the Amsterdam Human Rights Award will be announced during the festival.

    On Monday, 20 November – International Children’s Rights Day – IDFA will be focussing especially on human rights. The three nominated films will be screened, with an introduction by one of the members of the jury and post-screening discussions with the director or main characters from the film in Tuschinski 1. During the morning, a special interactive film program for pupils from Amsterdam schools will take place, with screenings of brand new documentaries from the ‘Mensjesrechten’ (‘Just Kids’) series (EO/IKONdocs).