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    IDFA DocLab is funding 4 more artists to adapt their work through COVID times

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    • April 19, 2021
    • Julia Yudelman

      After more than a year of lockdowns, artists around the world are still working tirelessly to get their projects adapted, exhibited, and seen by audiences. The artists from IDFA DocLab’s latest competition program are no different. Nearly five months after the festival, many of them continue to face a precarious year of online festivals and uncertain physical events. But adapting or reimagining a full-scale artwork is a complex and costly endeavor that often comes at the artist’s expense. To help, IDFA DocLab came up with a temporary support structure to ease some of the burden.

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      In solidarity with artists and cultural actors in Myanmar

        On 1 February 2021, Myanmar military forces, also known as Tatmadaw, declared a state of emergency and seized power in Myanmar through a coup d’état. They detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the National League for Democracy, and handed all executive, judicial and legislative powers to the head of the Tatmadaw. The following months have witnessed a crackdown on civil liberties and rights in Myanmar, often through institutional violence and force.

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        IDFA DocLab and Ontroerend Goed launch high-profile interactive performance

          IDFA DocLab, together with the UK's Immersive Storytelling Studio (The National Theatre), presents the online performance T.M. by Belgian theater group Ontroerend Goed.

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          The New Gospel: a contemporary Jesus film like none other

            Renowned and committed Swiss director Milo Rau films the last days of Christ but with a contemporary twist. Jesus is played by a real-life Cameroonian activist who fights for the rights of African refugees.

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            IDFA-supported films Collective and The Mole Agent score Oscar nominations

              IDFA hit titles Collective (dir. Alexander Nanau) and The Mole Agent (dir. Maite Alberdi) are on their way to the 93rd Academy Awards, following the Oscars nominations announcement earlier today. After securing support from IDFA’s film fund and co-financing market and selling out public screenings at the festival, both films are in the running for Best Documentary Feature, in addition to Collective scoring a second nomination for Best International Feature.

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              New ITA and IDFA collaboration explores crossover of theater and documentary film

                The dialogue between cinema and theater is as old as cinema itself. The two art forms have never stopped influencing each other. Documentary film has been drawing on theater for decades, both directly, in the case of films made inside the space of theater, and indirectly, using theatrical elements and stylistic vocabulary. Theater, on the other hand, is playing more and more with documentary elements.

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                First IDFA Bertha Fund selection of 2021 supports ten projects with 125k total

                  The IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) has selected ten documentary projects to receive funding through IBF Classic, the Fund’s flagship grant program that supports independent, critical, and artistic voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. The selection, which includes four projects in development and six in production or post-production, covers all five of the IBF-supported regions, offering the filmmakers a combined sum of €124,980 to help realize their projects. In addition to the grant, the selected project teams will receive tailor-made support from IDFA’s Filmmaker Support department, and opportunities for connecting with IDFA’s professional network year-round.

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                  Explore the online magazine IDFA 2020: A Year in Review

                    After a year of lockdowns, where does IDFA stand? In the new online magazine IDFA 2020: A Year in Review, our staff consider this urgent question from a variety of perspectives. From pushing the envelope in our festival programming and embracing new documentary formats to supporting filmmakers and film professionals in entirely new ways, the first year of the pandemic put us to the test. But sometimes, testing is what we do best.

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                    Empower teens with Docschool Online

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                    • February 18, 2021

                      Recent evidence has shown that kids and teens' mental health is on the line when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis and the surrounding lockdown measures. Are you a teacher struggling to engage your students? Then head straight to Docschool Online, the documentary platform specifically aimed at young audiences. Read the whole article in Dutch.

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                      IDFA DocLab announces first round of Creative COVID Response Support recipients

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                      • February 1, 2021

                        It is with great pleasure that IDFA DocLab awards the first recipients of the Creative COVID Response Support scheme: Later Date by Lauren Lee McCarthy and 24h Sunset/Sunrise v2 by Dries Depoorter and Shishani Vranckx. Both DocLab competition titles will receive €2,500 to facilitate sharing the work with audiences this coming year and beyond.

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