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    IDFA by Night: Open-air screenings in Amsterdam

      With summer finally in our midst, we're eagerly embracing a new season of open-air screenings. Enter IDFA by Night, 10 days of unforgettable documentary film programming in collaboration with Pakhuis de Zwijger. All screenings are free. So, without further ado: see you under the stars.

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      In Memoriam: filmmaker Heddy Honigmann (70)

        On May 21, the lauded documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann passed away at the age of 70. Her body of work, for which she received the Living Legend Award from IDFA in 2013, revolved around intimate encounters rooted in a deep bond of trust. She was known for her socio-political engagement and her tender approach, which she was able to make tangible in a very unique way in her films.

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        Support Iranian Filmmakers Mina Keshavarz and Firouzeh Khosravani

          The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) remains extremely disturbed by continued reports of arrests of filmmakers in Iran and demands an end to a growing environment of fear and insecurity in which filmmakers live and work.

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          IDFA Junior in Het Ketelhuis

            On Sunday, June 12, two special IDFA programs will take place at cinema Het Ketelhuis in Amsterdam: the IDFA Junior Morning for children age 9 and up, and the IDFA Junior Afternoon for children age 12 and up. Enjoy great youth documentary films, Q&A's with the makers, performances and fun activities. Grab this unique opportunity to have a great film day with your kids!

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            Rabbani and IDFA present: Wild Relatives

              Join the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation and IDFA for a screening of and a panel discussion about ‘Wild Relatives’ by filmmaker Jumana Manna, which follows the transaction of seeds between the Svalbard Seed Vault and the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, and captures a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth.

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              Urgent call for the release of Myanmar filmmaker Ma Aeint

                The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) calls for the Myanmar authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Ma Aeint. Film producer Ma Aeint has been sentenced to three years of jail, with hard labour, by a court in Yangon, Myanmar.

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                IDFA Meets Tabili: Friend Request

                  Making friends is hard to do after so much time apart, but IDFA Meets and Tabili are here to help. On Thursday, May 19 at FC Hyena, we kick off the sunny season with a special event to reignite your social flame. Together with Tabili, IDFA Meets presents four heartfelt short films that celebrate the summery joy of platonic connections, plus an interactive side program to be enjoyed with friends, old and new. Tickets are now on sale through FC Hyena.

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                  ICFR: 108 filmmakers helped by emergency fund so far

                    Since its inception by the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) three weeks ago, the "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" has already supported 108 filmmakers who are in direct danger because of the ongoing war in Ukraine. The ICFR set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Coalition and the Fund have been canvassing for funding and donations as soon as war broke out.

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                    Proudly presenting IDFA 2021: A Year in Review

                      Unveiling a new program structure, returning to the cinemas, and embarking on plenty of collaborations, both established and new—these are some of the highlights of IDFA 2021: A Year in Review, our new publication that reports and reflects on the past year. Presented as an interactive online magazine, the publication is considered essential reading for all IDFA fans, supporters, collaborators, and onlookers.

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                      ICFR launches "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" in Wake of Ukraine War

                        The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk, the partnership established by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and the European Film Academy to act as the film community's collective response to cases of filmmakers facing severe risk, has set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Coalition and the Fund have been canvassing for funding and donations as soon as war broke out. In the past days, significant financial contributions have been pledged by Germany's key national and regional film funding bodies (EUR 100K), by the Dutch Film Fund (EUR 100K), by La Scam, and by many individual donors.

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