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    Framing of Us in 2021: The experience of Dalya Al Kury

    • Festival
    • November 29, 2021
    • Vladan Petkovic

      At IDFA 2020, Dutch filmmakers Tessa Boerman and Shamira Raphaëla launched the initiative Framing of Us for a drastic change in the handling of documentary narratives, including an urgent call to action: they called upon filmmakers who have been confronted with the colonial gaze to share their stories. A year later, they have received thousands of emails from filmmakers all over the world, and brought one of them, the Jordanian-Palestinian-Canadian director Dalya Al Kury, currently based in Oslo, to share her experience.

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      Karim Kassem on filming the silence after the Beirut explosion in Octopus

      • Festival
      • November 29, 2021
      • Vladan Petkovic

        Lebanese director Karim Kassem made his second feature-length film this year, Octopus, spontaneously and almost incidentally: he was visiting his home city of Beirut when the port explosion happened in the summer of 2020. Sitting down at the end of the festival, he tells us how he made the dialogue-free docu-fiction hybrid which garnered him the newly established IDFA Award for Best Film in the Envision Competition.

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        Sergei Loznitsa on the history behind Mr. Landsbergis

        • Festival
        • November 27, 2021
        • Vladan Petkovic

          Sergei Loznitsa's newest documentary, Mr. Landsbergis, is his second about the 1991 USSR coup d’état, and his second film this year—Babi Yar. Context screened in IDFA's Masters section after winning the Special Jury Prize of the L'Œil d'or Award in Cannes. Even though virtually the whole filmography of the Ukrainian filmmaker screened at IDFA, this is his first film to play in a main competition—and win the top prize.

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          Writing with Fire wins the NPO IDFA Audience Award

            The Indian film Writing with Fire by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas has won the NPO IDFA Audience Award (€5,000). The film, which was best rated by the IDFA audience, took home the prize on Friday evening at 18:30 in DeLaMar theater. After the award was handed out, a public screening of the film followed.

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            Mr. Landsbergis wins IDFA Award for Best Film in the International Competition and Octopus wins IDFA Award for Best Film in the Envision Competition

              Today, IDFA announced the winners of the competition programs during the IDFA 2021 Awards Ceremony. The ceremony took place in Amsterdam’s Compagnietheater, in addition to being live-streamed. The 34th edition of IDFA has run as an in-person event, with twelve special online screenings for audiences, and an extensive library of films, talks, and consultancies available to online guests around the world. To date, IDFA has received over 100,000 cinema visits.

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              Filmmakers from Myanmar and Russia on collaborating across borders

              • Festival
              • November 25, 2021
              • Vladan Petkovic

                The IDFA Industry Talk "Filmmaking collaborations across borders in a dangerous world" took place on Sunday at the Brakke Grond, with Nina Guseva, Petr Lom, Corinne van Egeraat and Bo Thet Htun, where in an engaging and emotional discussion they spoke about dangers of making political films under authoritarian regimes, and their hopes for the future.

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                Impressions from Producers Connection

                  The Producers Connection, the newest addition to IDFA Forum which serves as a bespoke platform for fostering international co-production, providing a necessary space for sustaining this collaborative model of realizing documentary projects, had a successful first edition and we talked to the participants about their experience.

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                  La Casa, The New Greatness, and Continuum VR win IDFA Forum Awards

                    The IDFA Forum Awards were announced earlier this evening at the Compagnietheater. Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff's project La Casa won the IDFA Forum Award for Best Pitch, Anna Shishova-Bogolubova's The New Greatness picked up the IDFA Forum Award for Best Rough Cut, while the DocLab Forum Award went to Continuum VR by Daniela Maldonado, Tomas Espinosa, and Paula Gempeler. Each award includes a cash prize of €1,500.

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                    Niels Pagh Andersen on his book, career, and views of documentary cinema

                    • Festival
                    • November 23, 2021
                    • Vladan Petkovic

                      The legendary Danish editor, who has just released his first book Order in Chaos, gave a lively IDFAcademy talk with IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia. There, the pair reflected on Andersen's career beginnings, his understanding of creative partnership with the director, the switch from analogue to digital technology, how he found himself in documentary editing, and his view of often corrupted and commodified terms such as storyline, context, and subtext.

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                      Innovative distribution platforms on theatrical and streaming releases

                      • Festival
                      • November 21, 2021
                      • Vladan Petkovic

                        IDFA Industry Talk on innovations in online distribution, a follow-up to an event from 2020, took place at the Brakke Grond on Sunday afternoon, where representatives of three innovative distribution platforms from the UK, the US and the Netherlands talked about their work with cinemas in the times when the pandemic is not yet over.

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