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    IDFA Bertha Fund to support distribution of Rami Farah’s Our Memory Belongs to Us

      The Syrian director’s acclaimed sophomore feature is the latest film to receive distribution support from the IDFA Bertha Fund. The 30k grant will see the film have targeted screenings in Denmark, Sweden, and Palestine, touring as a double bill with Farah’s debut feature, A Comedian in a Syrian Tragedy.

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      Industry Program returns for in-person edition at IDFA 2021

        With the festival around the corner, IDFA is pleased to present this year's Industry Program. The packed lineup of talks, presentations, consultancies, and lots more is open to accredited guests at IDFA 2021, with all activities taking place in-person in Amsterdam and select talks and consultancies available on VOD. The Industry Program at IDFA 2021 runs from Friday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 24.

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        The Future Tense

          This year, IDFA presents a focus program that explores our relationship with the abstraction of the future, looking at the how the documentary form – frequently preoccupied with images and narratives of the past and the present – can focus its gaze forward in time. Matt Turner reflects on this tool of cinema to open up this space for reflection.

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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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