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    IDFA Forum announces 62 projects selected for in-person 2021 edition

      The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is delighted to unveil the 62 documentary projects selected for IDFA Forum 2021. Celebrating its 29th edition this year, the co-production and co-financing market welcomes some of the world’s leading filmmakers, artists, and emerging talents back to Amsterdam to present a dynamic slate of artistic approaches, subjects, and points of view to the international documentary industry. Confirmed Decision Makers include ARTE, BBC, Hulu, Netflix, Sundance Film Institute, The Whickers, Topic, Museum of Moving Image, TIME Studios, VeeR, PHI Centre, and Diversion cinema, among others. IDFA Forum takes place live in Amsterdam’s Compagnietheater and other festival locations from November 20 to 26.

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      Why IDFA offers both in-person and online guest passes this year

      • Industry
      • September 28, 2021
      • Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen

        Thanks to the Netherlands’ loosening of COVID-19 measures, which includes a broader entry policy for vaccinated international travelers, IDFA can fortunately take place in cinemas and other familiar festival locations this year.

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        IDFA Spotlight Award at DMZ goes to Republic by Jiang Jin

          The Chinese project has been selected at the DMZ Docs Pitch in South Korea, and will take part in the IDFA Industry Program 2021 with tailor-made consultations and mentorship.

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          IDFA Bertha Fund selects 12 projects for IBF Classic

            The fund has picked six projects in the development and production and post-production categories each, from 305 eligible applications. They will be awarded a total of €130,500. The selection includes six first feature-length films, as well as new projects by filmmakers who took part in IDFA programs in previous editions.

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            IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop kicks off 2021 edition

              The IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop, the annual training program for emerging documentary talent in the Netherlands, is officially underway. Read on for all the details of the program, including what’s new this year and the full lineup of selected participants and tutors.

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              IDFA Bertha Fund selects Zinder by Aicha Macky for distribution support

                The IDFA Bertha Fund is pleased to announce its support of Zinder, the new feature film by Nigerien director Aicha Macky. Selected for the IBF Europe – Distribution track, the French-Niger-German co-production will receive a grant of €30,000 for distribution in France, Niger, Switzerland, and Denmark.

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                IDFA welcomes Selin Murat as new Markets Manager

                  In major news from the Industry department, IDFA is delighted to announce that Selin Murat has joined the team as the new Markets Manager. Under the direction of Head of Industry Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen, Murat will play an integral role in shaping the future of IDFA’s markets and industry programming, bringing over 13 years of experience in the international documentary industry.

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                  Patience Nitumwesiga's The Woman Who Poked the Leopard wins the IDFA Spotlight Award at Durban

                    The Ugandan project on feminist and human rights activist Stella Nyanzi was selected at the 12th edition of Durban FilmMart, and is set to take part in IDFA 2021 with a slate of industry activities, tailored mentorship and consultations.

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                    IDFA Spotlight Award at Sarajevo goes to Bottlemen by Nemanja Vojinović

                      The Serbian project picked up the prize at Sarajevo Film Festival's Docu Rough Cut Boutique last week, and it will be invited to IDFA 2021 with a tailor-made program consisting of mentorship and consultations.

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                      Tomás Espinosa wins IDFA Spotlight Award at Mediamorfosis with VR project Continuum

                        Handed out this past weekend at the landmark Latin American XR event, the award will see the Colombian artist fly to IDFA 2021 for a bespoke program of industry activities and consultations at IDFA DocLab.

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