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    Benjamin Barber (77) died

    Benjamin Barber died  on April 24, 2017. The American political scientist and author was known for advocating an alternative way of governing society, with an important and leading role for the mayors of the world. In 2015, following the reissue and 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking work Jihad versus McWorld (1995), Barber was a special guest at IDFA.

    IDFAcademy Summer School announces 2017 participants

    Sixteen projects have been selected to participate in the IDFAcademy Summer School 2017. During the Summer School, held July 3 – 8 in Amsterdam, up-and-coming international filmmaking talents from all over the world will get a chance to work on their film scripts or rough cuts under the guidance of esteemed film professionals.

    Twelve films supported through IBF Classic

    The IDFA Bertha Fund has concluded the February selection round of 2017 of its IBF Classic scheme. Twelve documentary projects from countries like Myanmar, Belarus, Algeria and Jordan will be supported by the fund, including many projects by first-time directors.

    IDFA Awards handed out at international festivals

    • Industry
    • March 31, 2017
    • Joost Broeren-Huitenga

    Over the last few weeks, three IDFA Awards were handed out at festivals and industry events in Guadalajara, Kolkata and Prague. The winning directors and producers will get the chance to present themselves and their project at IDFA in various ways.

    Audience Award Overview

    Democracy is the rule of the demos, usually translated as “the people.” At IDFA, the voice of the people is heard through the Audience Award. Juries are essential, to be sure. But many filmmakers prefer to win the hearts of the average festivalgoer.

    Revamping our competitions

    Heading towards the 30th edition of the festival this November, IDFA has made several changes to its competition regulations.

    We're online!

    Our new site is here - an online platform for documentaries. You can watch films from our collection and find information on documentaries, makers and all other IDFA-activities.

    60 Seconds: Call for Mobile and Interactive Projects

    Interactive Creators: Explore the Short Form! The Very, Very Short Form.

    Ally Derks receives Pioneer Award

    Over the weekend, Ally Derks received a prestigious Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association. Derks was awarded for founding IDFA, which grew from a small festival in 1988 to the most renowned documentary film festival in the world.

    Interview: Zaradasht Ahmed - Nowhere to Hide

    Zaradasht Ahmed talks about his documentary Nowhere to Hide, which was awarded the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary 2016.

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