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    IDFA announces Best of Fests, Masters, and Paradocs selections for 2021 edition

      The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) added 65 titles to its festival lineup today, rolling out the non-competitive program sections Best of Fests, Masters, and Paradocs. The 34th edition of IDFA takes place from November 17 to 28 in Amsterdam.

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      IDFA announces Focus Programs, DocLab theme, and 15th DocLab anniversary for 2021 edition

        The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is delighted to unveil the two focus programs of its upcoming edition: The Future Tense and unConscious Bias. The festival also announced plans for the fifteenth edition of IDFA DocLab, and the corresponding theme program Liminal Reality. Nineteen titles have now been added to the IDFA 2021 selection. The 34th edition of the festival runs from November 17 to 28 in Amsterdam.

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        First films of IDFA 2021 announced: Hito Steyerl’s Top 10 and Artavazd Pelechian selection

          Today the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) announced the first films selected for its 34th edition: the Top 10 program curated by Guest of Honor Hito Steyerl, and a four-title program with the films of Artavazd Pelechian. Both directors will be in attendance at IDFA 2021, which runs November 17 to 28 in Amsterdam.

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          A guided tour through IDFA's new selection process

            The summer period is no time for IDFA's programming team to sit back and relax. In the week before the submission deadline of July 15, hundreds of films are still being submitted by filmmakers. And that's before all the submitted films are even viewed and assessed. Joost Daamen, Senior Programmer at IDFA, explains how he and the team evaluate more than 3,000 documentaries and arrive at the final festival selection.

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            IDFA unveils new program structure with two central competitions and revitalized awards

              In anticipation of its next festival edition, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is pleased to launch a revamped program structure with two main competitions at the forefront. The new setup sees the introduction of the International Competition and the Envision Competition, which, in dialogue with each other, will make up the center of the IDFA program alongside a slew of new awards that celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking. Submissions are now open for the 34th edition of IDFA, taking place November 17 to 28, 2021.

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              To Say Nothing At All

              • Festival
              • December 6, 2020
              • Simon(e) van Saarloos

                Many stories start with silence, before speaking follows. Does a story ever end with silence? When it comes to emancipatory tales – those portraying lgbtq+ experiences, for example – silence is always a start, never an end. How is silence told, without centralizing speech as progress?

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                The winners of IDFA 2020

                  IDFA announced the winners of the IDFA 2020 competition programs on November 26, 2020. All award videos can be watched here.

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                  Showgirls of Pakistan director Saad Khan: "We are always the subjects, not the viewers of our own stories"

                    Last week, Lahore-born, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Saad Khan enjoyed the world premiere of his film Showgirls of Pakistan in the IDFA Competition for First Appearance. After the premiere, we spoke about everything from the making of the film and drawing inspiration from Pakistani culture to the fluidity of gender performativity and why mujra dancers deserve to have their story told in their own way.

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                    Laura van Halsema's Programmer Pick: Green Bank Pastoral

                    • Festival
                    • December 3, 2020
                    • Maricke Nieuwdorp & Laura van Halsema

                      Throughout the festival, the IDFA programmers present their favorite hidden gems within the program. Today: Laura van Halsema, the senior programmer responsible for the Competition for Mid-Length Documentary, the Competition for Dutch Documentary and the Kids & Docs Competition this year. She recommends Green Bank Pastoral by Federico Urdaneta.

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                      Raul Niño Zambrano's Programmer Pick: The First Woman

                      • Festival
                      • December 1, 2020
                      • Maricke Nieuwdorp & Raul Niño Zambrano

                        Throughout the festival, the IDFA programmers present their favorite hidden gems from the festival program. Today: Raul Niño Zambrano, the senior programmer behind the IDFA Competition for First Appearance, the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, and the Queer Day selection—picks The First Woman.

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