IDFA Awards

    Every year, outstanding new films compete for IDFA’s coveted awards. Explore the overview of all awards per competition as well as our cross-section awards and other prizes.

    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).

    • Mr. Landsbergis (Lithuania, Netherlands) by Sergei Loznitsa, IDFA Award for Best Film
    • Children of the Mist (Vietnam) by Diem Ha Le, IDFA Award for Best Directing
    • Where Are We Headed (Belarus, Russia), filmed and directed by Ruslan Fedotow, IDFA Award for Best Cinematography
    See the selection
    Read the jury report

    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).

    • Octopus (Lebanon, Qatar, United States) by Karim Kassem, IDFA Award for Best Film in the Envision Competition
    • O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times (Netherlands) by Pim Zwier, IDFA Award for Best Directing
    • One Take Grace (South Africa), by Lindiwe Matshikiza, IDFA Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
    See the selection
    Read the jury report

    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).

    • Museum of Austerity (United Kingdom) by Sacha Wares and John Pring, IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction
    • Symbiosis (Netherlands) by Marcel van Brakel and Mark Meeuwenoord, Special Jury Award for Creative Technology
    See the selection
    Read the jury report

    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).

    • Un(re)solved (United States, Netherlands) by Tamara Shogaolu, IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
    • Ravi and Emma (Australia), by Kylie Boltin, Ella Rubeli, Ravi Vasavan, and Emma Anderson, Special Jury Award for Creative Technology
    See the selection
    Read the jury report

    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.

    • Handbook (Germany, Belarus) by Pavel Mozhar, IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary
    See the selection
    Read the jury report

    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. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize.

    • Shabu (Netherlands, Belgium) by Shamira Raphaëla, IDFA Award for Best Youth Film
    See the selection
    Read the jury report

    ​Cross-section awards

    From the International Competition, Envision Competition, Luminous, and Frontlight, three international juries will choose the winners of the IDFA Award for Best First Feature (€5,000), the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film supported by VEVAM Fund (€7,500), and the FIPRESCI Award.

    From across the program, an international jury will choose the winner of the Beeld en Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award for Best Creative Use of Archive (€5,000).

    See the Best First Feature nominations
    Read the Best First Feature jury report
    See the Best Dutch Film nominations
    Read the Best Dutch Film jury report
    See the ReFrame Award nominations
    Read the ReFrame Award jury report

    FIPRESCI Award

    An international jury from the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) will choose the winner of the FIPRESCI Award. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize.

    Read the FIPRESCI jury report

    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.

    See all past award winners & juries

    IDFA’s competition program is supported by Ammodo.

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