A goodbye, an anniversary and a record. That sums up the thirtieth edition of IDFA. Leaving founder Ally Derks was awarded with a royal distinction, a party and a short film and the festival grew with 8000 visits against 2016.
319 documentaries from all parts of the world (70 countries) came to Amsterdam and IDFA this year, and a lot of visitors: around 285.000 visits against 280.000 in 2016. Many directors came to the festival, joining 55 official Doc Talks and hundreds more q&a's after the screenings, providing much appreciated context. Also the (international) press was present.
The Visual Voice
The top of the bunch in documentary was among the 3.300 (international) guests: 18 masters, like the living legends D.A. Pennebaker (92) and Frederick Wiseman (87) made their way for the special anniversary and farewell program The Visual Voice. They chose their favorite film, talked about the future of documentary and produced a relay film for Derks.
Under artist Barbara Vissers artistic flag, IDFA showed a divers and varied program. With a lot of room for multimedia documentary projects - with special guest Jonathan Harris as the first ever internet artist to compose the IDFA Top 10. The retrospective in the Brakke Grond and the live DocLab-events drew big crowds. As did the Focus-programs, that paid attention to content (Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World) and form (Camera in Focus) in special ways, through screenings as well as discussions and workshops.
No less than twenty awards were handed out at the festival. Apart from the usual awards for the IDFA-competitions, there were winners for the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund Documentary Stipendium, the first Amsterdam Human Rights Award and the first Karen de Bok Talent Prize.
The subjects of the winning documentaries strongly differed - remarkable was the similarity between the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (Mila Turajlic with The Other Side of Everything) and the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance (Simon Lereng Wilmont with The Distant Barking of Dogs) - both documenting a civil war from the very personal point of view of a family.
Several IDFA-documentaries can be seen in the theatres, like An Inconvenient Truth, The Red Soul, Human Flow en winner of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award Deaf Child. And four IDFA-award winning films will go on tour in The Best of IDFA on Tour program.
In the collection you will find all films that were screened during IDFA 2017.