Three films which world premiered at IDFA last year have been selected for the documentary film category of the European Film Awards 2023. The selection includes Light Falls Vertical by Efthymia Zymvragaki, Paradise by Alexander Abaturov, and Apolonia, Apolonia by Lea Glob. Two of these documentary films additionally received an IDFA Award at IDFA 2022. Apolonia, Apolonia won the prize for Best Film in the International Competition and Paradise won the prize for Best Cinematography.
Next to these three IDFA films, the documentary film Motherland by Hanna Badziaka and Alexander Mihalkovich has been selected for the European Film Awards 2023. This film, which will also be shown at IDFA 2023, will be previewed at the IDFA Special screening on September 19 at the Tuschinski in Amsterdam. The filmmakers will be in attendance. Tickets to the IDFA Special can be purchased here.
Motherland was made possible thanks to the financial support of the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF), which offers support to visionary documentary projects from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania.
The European Film Awards are the most important European film awards, and are considered the European counterpart of America's Oscars. The winner of the best European documentary 2023 will be announced during the European Film Awards ceremony in Berlin on December 9, 2023.