IDFAcademy collection

    Discover the projects that have participated in our talent development programs since 2017. Use the program filter to find titles selected for IDFA Project Space, as well as former workshops IDFAcademy Summer School, the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop, and Kids & Docs.

    Country of Production

    A Girl and a Gun

    • Arya Amber Lalloo
    • South Africa
    • 85 min
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      A Modern Gypsy Fairytale

      • Raluca Lupascu
      • 55 min
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        Abo Zabaal prison 1989

        • Bassam Mortada
        • Egypt, Germany
        • 80 min

          Bassam, a filmmaker, reaches out to his estranged father. He reconstructs traumatic memories of events in 1989, which were devastating for his father and had a huge impact on him and his mother. Can an artistic recreation of the past help them confront their traumas?

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          • Alex Pitstra
          • Netherlands

            In Aeolus, we follow the crew members of the eponymous installation vessel, from the bottom to the top of the ship’s hierarchy, as they construct one windmill in a new wind farm at sea. The aim: to propel humankind forward.

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            All That Breathes

            • Shaunak Sen
            • India, United Kingdom, United States
            • 94 min
            • Best of Fests

              Two Muslim brothers living in Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities, try their best to run a sanctuary for birds of prey. In a film that swings between hope and despair, the two central figures remain determined to never give up.

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              Apolonia, Apolonia

              • Lea Glob
              • Denmark, Poland, France
              • 116 min
              • International Competition

                A portrait of the artist as a young woman. Apolonia is talented, but is that enough to break into the art world? An impressive film that covers 13 years in an anything-but-average life.

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                As I Want

                • Samaher Alqadi
                • Egypt, Norway, France, Palestine, Germany
                • 88 min
                • Best of Fests

                  In January 2013, two years after the popular revolt on Tahrir Square, an explosion of sexual violence prompts rage and protests. What does it mean to be a woman in Egypt today? Filmmaker Samaher Alqadi exposes the ubiquitous sexism.

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                  Ashes Settling in Layers on the Surface

                  • Zoia Laktionova
                  • Ukraine
                  • 65 min

                    Based on diaries and photographs found in the houses destroyed during the Russian war against Ukraine, the film captures the stories of Mariupol, including that of the director’s family. It centers on the value of freedom and human life itself over the nonsensical statements repeated by totalitarian regimes, as witnessed throughout the history of the Azovstal plant.

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                    • Alyx Ayn Arumpac
                    • Philippines, France, Norway, Qatar, Germany
                    • 85 min
                    • IDFA Competition for First Appearance

                      Since President Duterte took office, the Philippine police have killed tens of thousands of drug addicts. The experiences of a journalist, a coroner, a missionary brother and a street kid show the despair and fear caused by lawless violence.

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