IDFA Bertha Fund to finance record number of projects with new IBF Classic selection

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is pleased to announce a new IBF Classic selection with 20 documentary projects receiving a total of €203,650 in development and (post-)production support. Both established and up-and-coming filmmakers make up the new selection, which is marked by a majority of female directors and several promising entries from lower-volume production countries.

    Urgent call for the release of Hajooj Kuka

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    • September 21, 2020

    The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and International Film Festival Rotterdam call for the Sudanese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Hajooj Kuka and the four artists imprisoned with him.

    IDFA Meets WePresent: Creativity to Overcome

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    • September 15, 2020

    Can creativity change lives, and can art - in its many forms - be a tool for dreaming bigger than the forces that hold us back? In this special collaborative event, WePresent and IDFA invite us to consider the many ways we use creativity to overcome adversity and escape limitations - both those imposed on us by society and those we impose upon ourselves.

    IDFA Project Awards at Docs by the Sea and Durban FilmMart announced

    IDFA Project Awards at Docs by the Sea went to Some Women from Singapore and Breaking the Cycle from Thailand, while the prize at Durban FilmMart went to The Ship from the Sea, a co-production between Mozambique, Brazil, Portugal, and Spain. Read more about the projects below.

    IDFA Project Space: “If they need help with their project, we’ll be there”

    With IDFA Project Space up and running, one thing is clear: This is just the beginning. The program has big plans for supporting filmmakers year-round, whether through creative development, professional consultancies, film financing, or other kinds of tailor-made support. But as evidenced by Meike Statema, IDFA’s Head of Talent Development, this idea isn’t altogether new. In many ways, the Project Space unifies and expands on the support structures already offered through the IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFAcademy, and other activities embedded in the IDFA institute. Still, she says, there’s a good amount of learning by doing. You need to be ready for all kinds of different needs and challenges. Kicking off the program during a pandemic, in that sense, isn't necessarily a bad place to start.

    ​International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk Launched Officially in Venice

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    • September 7, 2020

    To activate the film community’s collective response to cases of filmmakers facing severe risk, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the European Film Academy have joined forces in establishing the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk.

    IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop 2020 is under way

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    • September 3, 2020

    We proudly present tutors and participants in the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop, which will be taking place until November 2020.

    Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant 2020 divides €20,000 over three high artistic projects

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    • September 2, 2020

    The Netherlands Film Fund and IDFA DocLab are delighted to announce the recipients of the Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant 2020. This year’s three selected projects are: a full-dome experience in which director Tamara Shogaolu explores how the sound of space is imagined across cultures; a radical attempt to create a climate-neutral theater play by De Warme Winkel; and a multimedia installation co-created by surveillance artist Dries Depoorter and singer-songwriter Shishani Vranckx.

    Gianfranco Rosi is the Guest of Honor at IDFA 2020 

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is proud to announce its Guest of Honor for the 2020 edition: Italian director Gianfranco Rosi.

    Volunteers wanted for IDFA 2020

    IDFA could not exist without the hundreds of volunteers that work for the festival every year. Do you want to help us out during IDFA 2020?