Jury report: IDFA Competition for First Appearance 2019

    Jury statement

    We would like to praise and thank the programmers for a strong, provocative, diverse, and inspiring selection. We particularly appreciated the variety of codes, the freedom of narrative registers, and the overall high quality in terms of filmmaking. The films reflected an urgency of expression in so many countries and situations—each which demanded a specific approach and idiom. We appreciate the bravery of the filmmakers. It’s been difficult to choose just a few titles from the many that we liked.

    Special Jury Mention

    An impressively rendered, emotional story of a mother’s heroic fight for the freedom of her 17-year-old son from the clutches of a murderous military—the film reminds us that the horrors of the past are in clear danger of being repeated.

    The First Appearance special mention goes to I Owe You a Letter About Brazil by Carol Benjamin.

    Special Jury Mention

    For creating a powerful sensorial experience, which reveals a space and its multiple narratives in a cinematically magical way, the First Appearance special mention goes to Froth by Ilya Povolotsky.

    IDFA Award for Best First Appearance

    For a rigorous, complex, and clever yet accessible look at a strongly contemporary issue, which transcends its subject and transforms it into a disquieting universal warning, the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance goes to Solidarity by Lucy Parker.