All Documentaries

    A list of all films and interactive documentaries selected for IDFA throughout the years.

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    IDFA Awards
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    IDFA Competition for Short Documentary (86)

    About Love; Mr. & Mrs. Chan

    • Ting Chan
    • 2008
    • 25 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    This observation of Ting Chan's parents, who emigrated from Hong Kong to the Netherlands after their arranged marriage is at the same time an indirect self-analysis by the filmmaker.

    Albert's Winter

    • Andreas Koefoed
    • 2009
    • 29 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    The world as seen through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy. Albert's parents want to send him to choir school, but he resists.

    All Restrictions End

    • Reza Haeri
    • 2009
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    With clothing as the leitmotif, this film essay provides the history of Iran in a fast montage of images and sound bites.

    As We're Told

    • Erik Holmström, Fredrik Wenzel
    • 2017
    • 28 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    A depiction of the most unpopular government agency in Sweden: the employment office, in which employees are reduced to cardboard cutouts.

    Bachelorette, 34

    • Kara Herold
    • 2007
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Director Kara Herold made an ironic collage of conversations with and phone messages from her mother, who is desperately looking for a husband for her 34-year-old daughter.

    Baghdad Twist

    • Joe Balass
    • 2007
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    The director interviews his Jewish mother, who fled from Iraq to Canada in 1970, illustrated by old photographs and footage.

    Calcutta Calling

    • Andre Hörmann
    • 2006
    • 16 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Under the alias Ethan Reed, Vikhee Uppal calls Americans, Brits and Australians from a call centre in Calcutta to try and sell them as many cell phones and subscriptions as possible.

    Child Soldier

    • Josh Rushing, Diana Ferrero
    • 2007
    • 9 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    A former child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo travels to the United States to tell her shocking story.

    Clandestine

    • Gideon Kennedy, Marcus Rosentrater
    • 2009
    • 30 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Fictional memories of an adulterous father and a documentary history of espionage are intertwined in this film that consists entirely of archive footage.

    Clarita

    • Thereza Jessouroun
    • 2007
    • 14 min
    • IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    The filmmaker tells the gripping story of her mother, who visibly deteriorated as a result of Alzheimer's disease.

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