Awards and juries

    Every year, outstanding new films compete for IDFA’s coveted awards. Explore the overview of all awards and competitions below, and find out which films scooped up a prize at IDFA 2022.

    Awards in the International Competition

    From the films selected for the International Competition, an international jury of five jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film. The award is accompanied by a €15,000 cash prize. The jury also selects the winners of the IDFA Award for Best Directing (worth €5,000), the IDFA Award for Best Editing, and the IDFA Award for Best Cinematography (worth €2,500).

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    Awards in the Envision Competition

    From the films selected for the Envision Competition, an international jury of five jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film in the Envision Competition. The award is accompanied by a €15,000 cash prize.

    The jury also selects the winners of IDFA Award for Best Directing (worth €5,000) and the IDFA Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (worth €2,500).

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    Awards in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

    From the projects selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize.

    The jury also selects the winner of the Special Jury Award for Creative Technology (worth €2,500).

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    Awards in the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

    From the projects selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize.

    The jury also selects the winner of the Special Jury Award for Creative Technology (worth €2,500).

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    Award in the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    From the films selected for the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize.

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    Award in the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

    From the films selected for the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Youth Film, divided into two age categories: 9-13 and 14+. Each award is accompanied by a €2,500 cash prize.

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    ​Cross-section awards

    From the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, and Frontlight, an international jury will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best First Feature (€5,000).

    From the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, Frontlight, and Masters, an international jury will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film (€7,500).

    From across the program, an international jury will choose the winner of the Beeld & Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award (€5,000).

    See the jury for Best First Feature
    See the winner of Best First Feature
    See the jury for Best Dutch Film
    See the winner of Best Dutch Film
    See the jury for ReFrame
    See the winner of ReFrame

    Other awards

    NPO IDFA Audience Award
    The film that is most highly rated by festival audiences will win the NPO IDFA Audience Award. All IDFA-selected films made in the past year are eligible.

    IDFA Forum Awards
    From the projects selected for IDFA Forum, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Forum Award for Best Project and the IDFA Forum Award for Best Rough Cut Project.

    From the projects selected for IDFA DocLab Forum, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA DocLab Forum Award for Best Project.

    NPO Fund - Karen de Bok Talent Award
    This prize is awarded to one of the projects in the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop. It consists of a grant of €25,000 for the development of the project and €5,000 for the production of a teaser.

    IDFA Spotlight Award
    Awarded at international festivals and markets throughout the year, this prize goes to talented filmmakers and promising documentary projects. The award consists of free travel and accommodation during IDFA in addition to accreditation and mentorship.

    Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend
    With this stipend, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds awards a documentary talent with a grant of €50,000 that allows the recipient to make a documentary film about a subject of their choice. The award is intended for a documentary filmmaker with a proven track record who has already earned modest recognition in the documentary field.

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