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    IDFA returns to cinemas in November

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is planning its 33rd edition. With Dutch cinemas now re-opening, IDFA is looking forward to holding the festival in theaters from November 18th to 29th, albeit with potentially reduced capacity. The festival’s competitions will remain intact, to be presented in cinemas and extended with limited virtual cinema screenings and events.

    IDFA Special: Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (online event)

    On July 1st, join us for the very first online IDFA Special. Watch festival hit Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets from the comfort of your couch and ask the filmmakers all you want to know during the virtual Q&A. Please note that this event is available to stream from within the Netherlands only. Already have a ticket? You can access the livestream from July 1, 20:00 by logging in below.

    A statement from IDFA against racism

    In response to the Black Lives Matter Movement, which is leading the way and bringing to focus many other ongoing and connected movements against racism around the world, we hereby commit to taking direct and serious steps in combatting anti-Black racism, as well as all other forms of racism, locally and globally. We commit to contributing to a better future for the film industry and to intensifying our efforts to become a festival for all audiences.

    IDFA in Kriterion: Talking About Trees

    IDFA in Kriterion is back! Every month, Kriterion in Amsterdam picks one of the documentaries from the IDFA 2019 selection. This month it's Talking About Trees, screening June 21st.

    IDFA Meets Bo Hanna: Complex Realities

    IDFA Meets goes online! On Thursday, May 28, join us and our guest curator Bo Hanna for a live screening and discussion from the comfort of your couch. Together we’ll watch the short documentary film I Signed the Petition, followed by a conversation with special guests Tessa Boerman and Natascha van Weezel.

    Cracks in Paradise

    • News
    • May 8, 2020
    • Margreet Fogteloo & Xandra Schutte

    De Groene Amsterdammer has teamed up with IDFA, selecting six documentary films to mark Europe Day. Together, these films tell the story of how this old continent is wrestling with recent problems. In the eyes of refugees, Europe is still a paradise that promises security, freedom and happiness. But from a political and economic perspective, this paradise is starting to crack.

    IDFA Talent Award at Visions du Réel goes to Alex Evstigneev

    Thanks to his short film The Golden Buttons, which screened in Visions du Réel's Opening Scenes section, the young Russian filmmaker has received an invitation to the industry section of the next edition of IDFA with all expenses covered.

    Read the new online magazine IDFA 2019: A Year in Review

    Now available online, IDFA 2019: A Year in Review is a new publication that reflects on our past, present, and future. Using last year as a jumping off point, the publication deep dives into our burgeoning identity as an international institute for documentary film. From showcasing over 300 creative documentaries in November to fighting for imprisoned filmmakers’ rights year-round, IDFA 2019: A Year in Review outlines our growing activities, ambitions, and challenges as an organization.

    See what the IDFA Bertha Fund got up to last year in its 2019 activity report

    Today the IDFA Bertha Fund (IBF) is pleased to publish its 2019 activity report. Freely available as an online publication, the report presents an interactive overview of the IBF’s undertakings in the past calendar year, including the complete selection of supported films, all talent development and industry initiatives, and the year’s harvest of IBF-supported films at IDFA.

    Statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

    In these turbulent times, our thoughts and sympathy go out to everyone whose health is at stake and to their loved ones. In addition, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends from film festivals and cultural institutions in the Netherlands and worldwide, as well as with all filmmakers and film professionals, who have been hard hit by this pandemic and the additional economic instability.