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    Egyptian project 50 Meters wins the IDFA Spotlight Award at Durban FilmMart

      Director Yomna Khattab dissects the life of her father and redefines their relationship by immersing herself in the male-dominated world of his water aerobics team.

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      IDFA Spotlight Award at DocMontevideo goes to Like a Flame Lit on a Dark Night by Carolina Arias Ortiz

        The Costa Rican project is produced by Michele Feris for Mito Producciones.

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        IDFA Meets and ROEF Amsterdam present: Acasã, My Home

          IDFA Meets and ROEF Amsterdam present a perfect summer’s evening with an open-air screening of Acasã, My Home on the roof of the NEMO Science Museum. Before the movie there is a performance by Otion. Don’t miss this remarkable documentary film while overlooking the Amsterdam skyline on Friday, August 19.

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          IDFA Project Space 2022 wraps up in Amsterdam and looks ahead with renewed energy

            Talent development program IDFA Project Space welcomed participants in Amsterdam for the first time this July—as part of a renewed four-month program. Next to the online program from June to September, sixteen international filmmaking teams with a documentary project in progress came together for a week-long program from July 4 to 9 to elevate their project alongside renowned directors, editors, and other film professionals. Read more about the inspirational week in Amsterdam for participants and their energized outlook on a bright film future ahead.

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            An open letter from the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk to the international film community

            • Industry
            • July 15, 2022
            • Mike Downey and Orwa Nyrabia for the ICFR

              The cinema of Iran - the beautiful face of Iran and its culture, that the whole world fell in love with, that stood on its own defending Iran's people against prejudice and the passing currents of political conflicts - has been especially under attack these last days.

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              Special call for submissions: IDFA Bertha Fund Classic – Ukraine Support

                With support from the Open Society Foundation, the IDFA Bertha Fund is launching a special call for documentary projects from Ukraine. The application deadline is August 1.

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                IDFA Project Space NL supported by the NPO Fund 2022 has kicked off

                  IDFA Project Space NL supported by the NPO Fund, the annual training program for emerging Dutch-speaking documentary filmmaking talent, has officially begun. As in previous years, six documentary film talents have been selected to participate in the workshop aimed at developing their documentary projects under the guidance of experienced documentary filmmakers. This year, IDFA welcomes director Aliona van der Horst and director/producer Renko Douze as tutors. Together with guest tutors, these established filmmakers will offer professional guidance to the participants.

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                  The ethics of documentary imagination: Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck on making Alis

                    Sometimes, a lengthy development phase is necessary to keep director-character power dynamics in check, say the IDFA Bertha Fund-supported filmmakers. And contrary to popular belief, that can actually lead to a more creative film.

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                    “Almost any subject can be tackled in a youth documentary”

                      Filmmaker Martijn Blekendaal believes that the unwritten rules of youth documentary must be broken to bring the genre to maturity.

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                      Ecuadorian-Argentinian VR project When Silence Talks wins IDFA Spotlight Award at Mediamorfosis

                        VR experience by director Paulina Donoso, visual artist Hernán Ricaldoni and producer Gabriel Torres addresses sexual abuse

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