IDFA Bertha Fund collection

    Since its inception in 1998, the IDFA Bertha Fund has supported over 500 documentary films, many of which have screened at IDFA over the years.

    Country of production
    Application Type
    Production status

    A Day Under The Sun

    • Vlado Zrnic
    • Croatia
    • 76 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary, Jan Vrijman Fund

    Addicted in Afghanistan

    • Jawed Taiman
    • Afghanistan, England
    • 75 min
    • Panorama

    An intimate and somber portrait of the teenagers Jabar and Zahir, two of the more than one million drug addicts in Afghanistan.

    Addicted to Freedom

    • Flávia Lins e Silva, Vinícius Reis
    • 52 min
    • Jan Vrijman Fund

    At 88 years of age, a courageous Brazilian lawyer returns to court. His granddaughter makes a film about him and their society.

    Adio kerida

    • Vesna Ljubic
    • Bosnia-Herzegovina
    • 60 min
    • Jan Vrijman Fund

    Adio Kerida is a cheerful and somewhat ironic story about an American seeking his roots in post-war Bosnia, at the time when everybody from Bosnia & Herzegovina is trying to leave for America.

    Ady Gasy, the Malagasy Way

    • Nantenaina Lova
    • Madagascar, France
    • 84 min
    • Panorama

    People in Madagascar tackle the financial crisis inventively and sustainably, never losing their unique identity and good humor.

    Afghanistan Night Stories

    • Alka Sadat
    • Afghanistan
    • 60 min
    • Panorama

    The everyday life of Afghan soldiers fighting against the Taliban in a special commando unit of the national army.

    Against the tide

    • Sarvnik Kaur
    • India
    • 75 min

    A tale of love, brotherhood and resentments against the backdrop of an adoring sea, which is turning adverse under the menacing effects of an all-pervading calamity called climate change.

    Algeria is Still Far Away

    • Omar Haffaf
    • Algeria, France
    • 80 min

    In the heart of Kabylia, Chinese workers build a city on farmlands. Right next to the new housing complex, Kabyle peasants, gathered since 1962 in their small kingdom made of family houses, refuse to leave. Madame Li, the chinese interpreter of the building site, navigate, in French, between these two worlds stuck beneath the sun of Oued Falli. She could finally retire in a few month. But, when the worksite threatens the Kabyle village, the tension rises suddenly. Portrait of a torn land, this single setting beneath the open sky confronts the forgotten voices of Algeria.

    Alice in the Land

    • Esteban Larrain
    • Chile
    • 86 min
    • Best of Fests

    A Bolivian teenager hikes all the way from her impoverished town to a city in Chile in search of a job.

    All Restrictions End

    • Reza Haeri
    • Iran
    • 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.


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