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    South Korean project Grounding wins IDFA Spotlight Award at DMZ

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    • September 30, 2022

      Last week the IDFA Spotlight Award at the DMZ International Documentary Film Festival went to the project Grounding by the South Korean filmmaker Minji Ma.

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      This year’s festival sees IDFA’s two markets under one roof

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      • September 30, 2022

        This year, IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale come together in our new venue, Felix Meritis. After a long history of hosting two distinct markets in separate locations, the move marks a new beginning: bringing the Forum and Docs for Sale under one roof forges a new professional universe where production, financing, and distribution opportunities are integrated, in addition to more seamless networking. Below, a detailed rundown of what to expect at Felix Meritis this year.

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        First competition titles unveiled alongside Masters and Best of Fests selections

          The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is pleased to announce its first competition lineups: the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary and the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary, in addition to the Masters and Best of Fests selections. The festival also announces the international premiere of Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s Personality Crisis: One Night Only, and a special tribute to the late Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius. Over 100 films have now been added to the IDFA 2022 program, showcasing some of the best new work by the world’s leading filmmakers as they reimagine film formats, invent new film languages, and interrogate our current reality. The 35th edition of IDFA runs from November 9 to 20 in Amsterdam.

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          The IBF is funding a groundbreaking 21 projects, including 7 from Ukraine

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          • September 26, 2022

            The IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to announce it has selected 14 projects for IBF Classic, with a total amount awarded of 235,000 euros. This round marks a particularly special one, as it supports an additional selection of Ukrainian documentary projects, for which the IBF secured extra funding earlier this year. With the support of the Open Society Foundation 7 Ukrainian projects were awarded a total of 122,500 euros. That totals a groundbreaking of 21 projects.

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            Laura Poitras named Guest of Honor for IDFA 2022

              Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras will be honored at IDFA this November with the Retrospective and Top 10 programs, the festival announced today. Two curated focus programs, Around Masculinity and Playing Reality, were also announced, in addition to the IDFA DocLab theme of Nervous Systems. The 35th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam takes place in person from November 9 to 20, 2022.

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              Winners of this year’s Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant announced

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              • September 13, 2022

                This year’s Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant goes to The Butterfly Effect by Mathilde Renault and Dancing with Dead Animals by Maarten Isaäk de Heer. Both artists receive a financial contribution of up to €10,000 to develop an interactive and immersive work using emerging technologies in new and innovative ways.

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                Calling on volunteers for IDFA 2022!

                  With the end of summer fast approaching, it means it is almost that time of the year again: IDFA! Behind the scenes we are in full preparation mode for this year’s edition. And just like in previous years, this means we are looking for volunteers to make IDFA 2022 into a huge success — both for our audience and the documentary professionals visiting. Sign up now and hop on board for this year’s festivities!

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                  IDFA Special 'The Hamlet Syndrome' on 28th September in Tuschinski

                    On Wednesday evening September 28th IDFA's Fall Special will be taking place in Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam with the Dutch premiere of the documentary film The Hamlet Syndrome by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Elwira Niewiera. Tickets are on sale now.

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                    Egyptian project 50 Meters wins the IDFA Spotlight Award at Durban FilmMart

                      Director Yomna Khattab dissects the life of her father and redefines their relationship by immersing herself in the male-dominated world of his water aerobics team.

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                      IDFA Spotlight Award at DocMontevideo goes to Like a Flame Lit on a Dark Night by Carolina Arias Ortiz

                        The Costa Rican project is produced by Michele Feris for Mito Producciones.

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