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    First films of IDFA 2021 announced: Hito Steyerl’s Top 10 and Artavazd Pelechian selection

      Today the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) announced the first films selected for its 34th edition: the Top 10 program curated by Guest of Honor Hito Steyerl, and a four-title program with the films of Artavazd Pelechian. Both directors will be in attendance at IDFA 2021, which runs November 17 to 28 in Amsterdam.

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      IDFA Spotlight Award at DMZ goes to Republic by Jiang Jin

        The Chinese project has been selected at the DMZ Docs Pitch in South Korea, and will take part in the IDFA Industry Program 2021 with tailor-made consultations and mentorship.

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        IDFA Bertha Fund selects 12 projects for IBF Classic

          The fund has picked six projects in the development and production and post-production categories each, from 305 eligible applications. They will be awarded a total of €130,500. The selection includes six first feature-length films, as well as new projects by filmmakers who took part in IDFA programs in previous editions.

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          Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant 2021 goes to [Posthuman Wombs] and Disarmed

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          • September 8, 2021

            This year’s Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant goes to the interactive artworks [Posthuman Wombs] by Anna Fries and Malu Peeters and Disarmed by Alexandra Barancová, Jae Perris, and Moniker. Each project will receive a development contribution of €10,000 and will premiere at IDFA DocLab 2021 in November. With the grant, awarded for the fifth time this year, the Netherlands Film Fund and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam support the realization of innovative artistic projects with international potential.

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            IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop kicks off 2021 edition

              The IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop, the annual training program for emerging documentary talent in the Netherlands, is officially underway. Read on for all the details of the program, including what’s new this year and the full lineup of selected participants and tutors.

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              IDFA Bertha Fund selects Zinder by Aicha Macky for distribution support

                The IDFA Bertha Fund is pleased to announce its support of Zinder, the new feature film by Nigerien director Aicha Macky. Selected for the IBF Europe – Distribution track, the French-Niger-German co-production will receive a grant of €30,000 for distribution in France, Niger, Switzerland, and Denmark.

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                IDFA welcomes Selin Murat as new Markets Manager

                  In major news from the Industry department, IDFA is delighted to announce that Selin Murat has joined the team as the new Markets Manager. Under the direction of Head of Industry Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, Murat will play an integral role in shaping the future of IDFA’s markets and industry programming, bringing over 13 years of experience in the international documentary industry.

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                  IDFA Meets Ruben Baart: Artificial Intimacy

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                  • September 1, 2021

                    IDFA Meets, together with journalist-curator Ruben Baart and IDFA DocLab, investigates the intimate relationship between humans and technology in our next event. On September 30, dive into the world of artificial intimacy at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam.

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                    Patience Nitumwesiga's The Woman Who Poked the Leopard wins the IDFA Spotlight Award at Durban

                      The Ugandan project on feminist and human rights activist Stella Nyanzi was selected at the 12th edition of Durban FilmMart, and is set to take part in IDFA 2021 with a slate of industry activities, tailored mentorship and consultations.

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                      IDFA Spotlight Award at Sarajevo goes to Bottlemen by Nemanja Vojinović

                        The Serbian project picked up the prize at Sarajevo Film Festival's Docu Rough Cut Boutique last week, and it will be invited to IDFA 2021 with a tailor-made program consisting of mentorship and consultations.

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