Don't Be a Dick About It wins VPRO IDFA Audience Award
Don't Be a Dick About It by American director Benjamin Mullinkosson has just won the VPRO IDFA Audience Award (€ 5.000), the grand public prize of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The news was announced on Saturday, November 23, during the VPRO broadcast Best of IDFA: Audience Award 2018 from the Westergastheater in Amsterdam.
Watch: Reason + Doc Talk
Today, most of the world views Hinduism as a peaceful religion, but "that element has been systematically undermined over the last hundred years," says Anand Patwardhan, director of Reason and winner of the IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. In this Doc Talk with IDFA's artistic director Orwa Nyrabia, Patwardhan sets the story straight on modern-day India, dispels several pervasive myths, and elaborates on the lingering effects of colonization.
Listen: Code of Conduct - Towards an Ethical Way of Co-producing
Recorded on November 17, this Industry Talk looked to the growing need for fair co-producing practices. How can we come to a just practice of co-producing that respects aesthetics, cultures, and economies across borders? Guests include Cecilia Lidin (Danish Film Institute), Diana El Jeiroudi (Dox Box), Estelle Robin-You (Les Films du Balibari), Gema Juárez Allen (Gema Films), and Isabel Arrate Fernandez (IDFA Bertha Fund). The Talk was moderation by Mikael Opstrup (EDN).
Watch: Central Airport THF + Doc Talk
In Central Airport THF, filmmaker Karim Aïnouz follows the lives of refugees living in Berlin's Tempelhof airport. On November 16, Aïnouz spoke to Nicolas Rapold (Film Comment) about his decision to make a film on this re-purposed space of waiting, and the residents' love-hate relationship with it. Watch an excerpt of the Doc Talk below, and check out the full version here.
Listen: Solidarity with Filmmakers at Risk
With civil society shrinking in many parts of the world, documentary filmmakers are increasingly struggling to make their voices heard, leading to their arrest, imprisonment and sometimes even murder. On November 18, IDFA invited filmmakers and other stakeholders to share their experiences, and to try to outline a possible coordinated strategy for action, a strategy that effectively serves filmmakers at risk.Listen to our new IDFA podcast episode below, recorded during the Industry Talk: Solidarity with Filmmaker at Risk.
Island of the Hungry Ghosts wins Amsterdam Human Rights Award 2018
We are delighted to announce that Gabrielle Brady has won the Amsterdam Human Rights Award 2018 for Island Of The Hungry Ghosts. Presented by Amsterdam alderman Rutger Groot Wassink earlier today, Brady received this prestigious award at a ceremony in the Zuiderkerk.