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    Pawel Lozinski and Niels Pagh Andersen tutors at IDFAcademy Summer School

    Filmmaker Pawel Lozinski and editor Niels Pagh Andersen are two of the tutors at this year’s IDFAcademy Summer School. They will be joined by Gema Juárez Allen, Katja Dringenberg, Gitte Hansen, Aliona van der Horst, Menno Boerema and Jesper Osmund to give guidance to a select group of up-and-coming international filmmaking talents.

    PLOV: An evening of art, food and an IDFA documentary

    Op May 29 the AFEW Culture Initiative organises the first edition of PLOV: ARTxFOODxCINEMA. On this special evening the IDFA-film Debut will be screened, about eleven female Belarussian prisoners who are rehearsing for a theater play. 

    So Help Me God in the cinema

    From April 26 So Help Me God will be screening in cinema's all over The Netherlands. A disconcerting and hilarious documentary about the Brussels judge Anne Gruwez. 

    IDFA in Kriterion: In Praise of Nothing

    Every third Sunday of the month Kriterion in Amsterdam screens one of the documentaries from the IDFA 2017 selection. This month it's In Praise of Nothing, a feelgood documentary about 'Nothing', a character that travels around the world and comments on everything. 

    Orwa Nyrabia new artistic director of IDFA

    Orwa Nyrabia (1977) is the new artistic director of IDFA. Nyrabia, who was born in Syria, is well-known in the documentary world as a producer, festival director, curator and mentor.

    IDFA presents focus program on daily life in the Arab world

    At the upcoming festival, IDFA is presenting the focus program Shifting Perspectives: The Arab World, which will zoom in on the image of the Arab world through the eyes of filmmaker from the region.

    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...

    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.

    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.

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