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    Ed Lachman to be tutor at IDFAcademy Summer School

    Renowned director of photography Ed Lachman will be among the eight tutors for the IDFAcademy Summer School 2017. We feel very lucky that the leading cinematographer will join us to give guidance to a select group of up-and-coming international filmmaking talents.

    Here are the winners of our international call for ideas for Mobile and Interactive 60 Seconds!

    Last winter, the NFB, ARTE and IDFA launched a call for ideas out to digital creators around the world. Their mission? To create an interactive experience about mobility by exploiting the features of a smartphone. Today, we are revealing the ten winners who will spend the next couple of months creating these experiences. But first, a word from the jury...

    Director Raoul Peck on I Am Not Your Negro

    IDFA talked with director Raoul Peck about his documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Peck visited the Netherlands at the beginning of May, for the special screening of his film, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House.

    Livestream: Update or Die conference

    Tune in this Friday for Update or Die, a one-day conference about interactive documentary preservation and future-proofing emerging digital forms, curated by MIT Open Documentary Lab and Phi Centre, in collaboration with IDFA DocLab.

    IM: Benjamin Barber (77)

    Benjamin Barber passed away 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, ahead of the 20th anniversary and reissue 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.

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