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    IDFA-supported films shine on the festival circuit

      Payal Kapadia's A Night of Knowing Nothing and Zhao Liang's I Am So Sorry have just world-premiered at Cannes, and they are just two among the films supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund or which took part in IDFA Forum and IDFAcademy that are currently making waves at festivals world-wide.

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      IDFA Forum launches Producers Connection: New market service for finding international co-production partners

        Looking ahead to its 34th edition, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) announced a new market service today that brings international co-production to the forefront. The Producers Connection, the newest addition to co-financing and co-production market IDFA Forum, will serve as a bespoke platform for fostering international co-production, providing a necessary space for sustaining this collaborative model of realizing documentary projects. Parallel to the Forum’s selection of Pitches and Rough Cut Presentations, fifteen projects will be selected for the inaugural Producers Connection event, taking place in Amsterdam on November 20 and 21 during IDFA 2021.

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        IDFA Project Space enters next phase of 2021 program with more tutoring and high-profile plenary sessions

          It’s nearly two months into the IDFA Project Space 2021 talent program, and the selected participants are still going strong. With the first phase of online one-on-one meetings with tutors behind them, talents can look forward to some larger group sessions with the likes of documentary icons Tala Hadid and Audrius Stonys, and of course, lots more creative development.

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          Urgent Call for the Release of Myanmar filmmaker Ma Aeint

            The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, and International Film Festival Rotterdam, together with the undersigning, call for the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Ma Aeint.

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            Docs for Sale previews 2021 catalogue with 11 new titles

              Following the enthusiastic response from both buyers and sellers to our Summer Showcase last year, Docs for Sale once again starts the season with a fresh batch of films. Eleven films presented at previous IDFA Forum editions are now available to Docs for Sale subscribers.

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              Documentary project Zero Hour wins IDFA Spotlight Award at DocedgeKolkata

                Indian filmmaking team Nachiket Guttikar, Deeksha Ketkar, and Arya Rothe have taken home the IDFA Spotlight Award at DocedgeKolkata for their project Zero Hour. The award, which recognizes emerging documentary talent internationally, has secured the filmmakers with travel, accommodation, and accreditation for IDFA 2021 in addition to tailored consultancy within the IDFA Industry network.

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                Laurien ten Houten and Jenni Tuovinen step into new roles at IDFA Industry

                  The IDFA Industry department is happy to announce the start of a new chapter as longstanding colleagues Laurien ten Houten and Jenni Tuovinen take on new roles in the team. Starting this summer, ten Houten will manage IDFA's industry relations and talks, Tuovinen will supervise the production of IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale, and the department will welcome a new colleague in the position of Markets Manager. All will continue to work under Head of IDFA Industry Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen and alongside Guest Services Manager David Leenders. The restructure follows the announcement of Yorinde Segal’s new position back in February.

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                  IDFA Bertha Fund announces new IBF Europe – International Co-production selection

                    The IDFA Bertha Fund is delighted to support six new documentary projects through the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe – International Co-production funding scheme. Concluding its April selection round, the Fund will grant €40,000 to each selected project in addition to offering tailored support through IDFA's Filmmaker Support department and year-round opportunities for connecting with IDFA’s professional network.

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                    IDFA Project Space 2021 goes live

                      IDFA is delighted to present the second year of IDFA Project Space, the latest in the organization’s expanding slate of talent development programs. Born out of IDFA’s newly minted Filmmaker Support department, the 2021 program welcomes 16 international filmmaking teams as the core group of selected participants, each bringing a documentary project in the development or editing phase. From May until October, the program will match the participants with experienced tutors—directors, producers, or editors—to receive in-depth individual consultancies tailored to the teams’ specific needs and creative development.

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                      Netherlands Film Fund + IDFA Bertha Fund Co-Production Scheme supports two new projects

                        The NFF + IBF Co-Production Scheme is supporting two documentary projects this year with €50,000 each: The Fabulous Gold Harvesting Machine by Alfredo Pourailly and The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder by Inadelso Cossa.

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