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    IF/Then global shorts pitch coming to IDFA 2019

    We are thrilled to announce the IF/Then Global Pitch at IDFA 2019, a competitive shorts pitch presented in collaboration with Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) and RYOT Films. On November 26, up to six filmmaking teams from around the world will present their creative short documentary projects before a panel of judges. Learn more about the pitch and how to submit your project below.

    Catching up with the IDFA DocLab R&D Program: 6 projects on the rise

    As we warm up for another year of the IDFA DocLab R&D Program, our new media colleagues catch up with some of the artists who participated in the program’s first year. Where are they now?

    Netherlands Film Fund & IDFA DocLab unveil recipients of 3rd Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant

    The Netherlands Film Fund and IDFA DocLab are delighted to announce the recipients of the Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant 2019. This year’s three selected projects are: a post-human virtual reality installation by artists Ali Eslami and Mamali Shafahi; an artificial intelligence installation by studios RNDR and Makropol; and a multimedia photography piece by photographer Sanne de Wilde. As recipients of the grant, these talented artists will share a total prize of €20,000 to develop their projects further. The completed works will be presented at IDFA DocLab in November.

    Apply for IDFAcademy during IDFA

    We are now accepting applications for IDFAcademy during IDFA! Are you an emerging documentary filmmaker or producer who has proven your talent on a national scale and would like to expand your career internationally? Then apply to our renowned training program during IDFA 2019. The accreditation deadline is September 1.

    Tutors & participants announced for IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop 2019

    Get to know the tutors and participants in the upcoming IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop, taking place from July to November 2019.

    Summer preview: watch 4 films right now in the new Docs for Sale catalogue

    Get a sneak peek at the upcoming catalogue for IDFA's premier sales market, Docs for Sale.

    Call for submissions: IDFA’s markets

    We are now accepting submissions for IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale! Read more about our two film markets and how to submit below. The submission deadline for IDFA Forum is August 15; the submission deadline for Docs for Sale is September 15.

    7 documentary projects receive support from IDFA Bertha Fund

    The IDFA Bertha Fund has supported six new documentary projects with €40,000 each through the IBF Europe - International Co-Production funding scheme, and one new project with €50,000 through the NFF + IBF Co-production scheme. The two programs aim to boost collaboration between independent European producers and producers in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe.

    Honkasalo, Fiennes, and Marazzi among tutors in IDFAcademy Summer School 2019

    Renowned filmmakers Pirjo Honkasalo, Sophie Fiennes, and Alina Marazzi are among the eight industry luminaries to tutor at this year’s IDFAcademy Summer School. Joining them are Jeroen Berkvens, Ollie Huddleston, Gladys Joujou, Gema Juárez Allen, and Alex Szalat. From July 1 to 6, these documentary experts will give hands-on guidance to the international filmmaking talents selected for our annual training program.

    New programmers and awards coming to IDFA

    IDFA is delighted to announce that Sarah Dawson and María Campaña Ramia are joining the team of IDFA programmers. In addition, the festival presents a new award scheme for the upcoming edition, with a greater focus on documentary producers, editors, and cinematographers, as well as directors.

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