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    What’s on and what’s next for artists in the DocLab R&D Program

      As we warm up for another year of the IDFA DocLab R&D Program, our DocLab colleagues are currently processing the 200+ R&D proposals that artists around the world recently submitted. To tide you over in the meantime, we used this opportunity to catch up with some of the artists who participated in the program’s third year.

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      IDFA Bertha Fund: A year in transformation

        The IDFA Bertha Fund’s 2020 activity report is now online, detailing a year that broke a few records and paved new paths for the future. Read the IBF’s new interactive publication here.

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        IDFA Spotlight Award at East Doc Platform goes to Sareen Hairabedian and Azza Hourani for Swinging Fields

          After three days of online pitching at Prague's East Doc Platform, producer-director team Sareen Hairabedian and Azza Hourani took home the IDFA Spotlight Award last week for their project Swinging Fields (France, USA, Ireland).

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          What you need to know about IDFA at Berlin: Sessions at EFM, films in selection

            With the 71st edition of the Berlinale around the corner, IDFA is ramping up for a full slate of professional activities at the European Film Market (EFM). From March 1 to 5, our programmers and industry staff will be connecting and sharing insights at the DocSalon Round Table Sessions and Meet the (Doc) Festivals.

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            Call for submissions: IDFA Bertha Fund Europe – International Co-production funding scheme

              The IDFA Bertha Fund is now accepting project submissions to the IBF Europe – International Co-production funding scheme. Read more about the grant and apply by April 1, 2021.

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              Yorinde Segal begins new role as IDFA’s New Media Industry Manager

                After 11 years at the helm of IDFA Forum, we are delighted to announce Yorinde Segal’s new role as New Media Industry Manager. The new position, located within IDFA's expanding new media department, will work closely with the international ecosystem of new media artists and funders vis-à-vis professional activities such as IDFA DocLab Forum and the IDFA DocLab Research and Development Program.

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                ICFR pens open letter to European Union in support of Moataz Abdelwahab

                • Industry
                • January 25, 2021
                • International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk
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                  “If one wins, we all win”: Seven IDFA Bertha Fund-supported films up for Oscar nominations

                    With Oscars season upon us, the race for nominations looks considerably different this year. Updated regulations from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences—including an extended eligibility window as well as a general push for diversity—have opened the door for some fortuitous yet promising contenders. Among the titles up for pre-selection are seven documentaries supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF). In the lead-up to Academy members voting on February 1, we caught up with the filmmakers to get their take on the possible nominations in an unparalleled year.

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                    Renewed call to release producer Moataz Abdelwahab

                      Instead of being released, the film producer Moataz Abdelwahab has again been imprisoned. We, 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, are very worried about his health and detention conditions and call on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release him.

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                      IDFA Bertha Fund supports distribution of Once Upon a Time in Venezuela with 30k grant

                        Anabel Rodríguez’s acclaimed feature Once Upon a Time in Venezuela is the latest film to receive distribution support from the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF). Following its premiere at Sundance Film Festival and subsequent screenings in IDFA’s Best of Fests section last month, the buzzy Venezuelan documentary will now receive €30,000 to support distribution in the US, Spain, Colombia, and Venezuela.

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