Marry de Gaay Fortman named new chair of IDFA board

    • News
    • February 17, 2020

    Marry de Gaay Fortman is the new chairperson of the IDFA board. She succeeds former chairman Derk Sauer, who departs from the position after two terms. De Gaay Fortman is well known to the organization as a board member of the IDFA Bertha Fund, the film fund affiliated with IDFA.

    IDFA Bertha Fund supports Aswang with IBF Europe - Distribution grant of €30k

    Today the IDFA Bertha Fund is pleased to announce its support of Aswang (dir. Alyx Ayn Arumpac, 2019) with a grant of €30,000 through the IBF Europe – Distribution funding scheme. The grant supports the distribution of documentary co-productions between European and non-European producers.

    Call for submissions: IDFA Bertha Fund Europe – International Co-production funding scheme

    The IDFA Bertha Fund is now calling for project submissions to the IBF Europe – International Co-production funding scheme. Read more about the grant and apply by April 1, 2020.

    IDFA in Kriterion: Last of the Mohicans

    • News
    • February 6, 2020

    Every month in Amsterdam, Kriterion screens one of the best documentaries from the IDFA 2019 selection. This month, you can see Last of the Mohicans (Laatste der Mohikanen), about Tonny's mobile convenience store in Tilburg on February 16.

    Interview: Frame Awards x IDFA

    • News
    • February 5, 2020

    Next month we join forces with Frame, the Amsterdam-born publishing house and now world-leading spatial design media brand, for the upcoming edition of the Frame Awards. From February 19 to 20, the event will showcase the biggest spatial design talent, address today’s most pressing design questions, and provoke creative inspiration.

    IDFA-supported films premiering at Sundance 2020

    • News
    • January 22, 2020

    With Sundance Film Festival kicking off, we wish a warm congratulations to the five films we supported that are now premiering in competition, as well as international festival hit Collective in non-premiere section Spotlight.

    Call for entry: IDFAcademy Summer School 2020

    • News
    • January 15, 2020

    Our annual talent development program is open to emerging filmmakers looking to elevate their script or rough cut. Submit your application by February 20, 2020.

    IDFA in Kriterion: Scheme Birds

    IDFA in Kriterion is Back! Every month from now, Kriterion in Amsterdam will screen one of the documentaries from the IDFA 2019 selection. This month's pick is Scheme Birds, a candid coming-of-age documentary about the lives of a group of youngsters in Motherwell, Scotland.

    IDFA x Melkweg: Best of Music 2019

    • News
    • December 20, 2019

    For many years now, we've partnered with Melkweg to bring you the most electrifying stories about music. On Sunday, January 19, the series continues. Come watch three of the best music documentaries from IDFA 2019, plus a screening of D.A. Pennebaker's classic Monterey Pop.

    Kivu Ruhorahoza: Representation matters

    • Festival
    • December 19, 2019
    • Vladan Petkovic

    During IDFA 2019, we organized the IDFA Industry Talk Filming 'the other'; entitlement or privilege?, which gathered international filmmakers to elaborate on awareness, gaze and entitlement in documentary filmmaking. Among the speakers was Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza, whose latest film Europa, "Based on a True Story" world-premiered at the festival in our feature-length competition. After the Talk, we caught up with Ruhorahoza to discuss the representation of marginalized communities and, through making a film in the UK, his efforts to claim the same privilege that Western filmmakers take when making films in the Global South. Read the interview here.