All Documentaries

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

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    IDFA Awards
    167 Results
    IDFA Competition for Student Documentary (167)

    Aida

    • Maysoon El-Massry
    • 2015
    • 20 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Every day, the frail 86-year-old Aida pushes her wheelchair full of roses and unwanted knickknacks through the busy traffic of Alexandria, Egypt.

    All My Fathers

    • Jan Raiber
    • 2010
    • 89 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    A self-confident personal documentary in which the truth about filmmaker Jan Raiber's biological father turns out differently than expected.

    The Ambassador & Me

    • Jan Czarlewski
    • 2011
    • 16 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Jan Czarlewski films his father, a national hero and diplomat, in order to recoup some of the attention he missed out on due to the man's busy life.

    Apollo Javakheti

    • Bakar Cherkezishvili
    • 2017
    • 16 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

    In a remote region of Georgia, a teenager plants potatoes, herds sheep and fantasizes about his future trip to the moon.

    Arlette - Courage Is a Muscle

    • Florian Hoffmann
    • 2015
    • 84 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, IDFA DOC U Competition

    Fifteen-year-old Arlette from the Central African Republic travels to Germany for medical treatment; culture shock and the advent of adulthood coincide.

    Baghdad Days

    • Heba Bassem
    • 2005
    • 35 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    This film diary is the documentary debut of a film student from the Baghdad Art Academy, who tries to graduate in tough post-war conditions.

    The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist

    • Mark Columbus
    • 2012
    • 7 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    The filmmaker's inner monologue brings new meaning to this homage to his father's painful musical struggle.

    The Betrayal

    • Karen Winther
    • 2011
    • 64 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    As a teenage member of the Norwegian squatting community, Karen made a terrible mistake. Now she is looking for an explanation and hoping for forgiveness.

    Beyond Wriezen

    • Daniel Abma
    • 2012
    • 87 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Three young Germans recently released from prison return to society. Cool, restrained camerawork, but not without the warmth of human feelings.

    The Birds Are Silent in the Forest

    • Tim De Keersmaecker
    • 2007
    • 18 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    Subdued circular narration about a warehouseman escaping everyday life by taking his hunting rifle and going to the woods.

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