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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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        IDFA films in cinemas

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        • December 11, 2020

          Can't get enough of IDFA? While cinemas are now closed until at least February 9, the films listed below can be streamed online at Picl (from The Netherlands only). When theaters reopen, more IDFA titles to screen in cinemas will be added to this page. When cinemas re-open, The Best of IDFA on Tour will also return to theaters.

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          Continuation partnership with Lutfia Rabbani Foundation

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          • November 17, 2020

            IDFA and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation are proud to announce the continuation of their partnership in 2020 that enables young Arab film talents from Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, and Tunisia to attend a varied program consisting of IDFAcademy and IDFA Industry sessions.

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            Order now: the IDFA x Mooncake Foodiebag

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            • November 9, 2020

              Bring the festival into your home with this bag full of food goodies. Enjoy Syrian patisserie, crispy Caribbean plantain chips, and Iraqi ice tea while watching the best documentaires on your couch.

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              IDFA festival campaign 2020

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              • November 2, 2020

                In November, IDFA's festival campaign commercial could be seen in theaters. It's safe to say that most of us experience a wide range of emotions while watching IDFA films. The campaign, developed with creative agency We Are Pi, took the purest expression of emotion as its starting point: our teardrops.

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                Create your own IDFA 2020 roadmap with the help of these thematic Program Pathways

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                • November 2, 2020

                  With no less than 257 films and projects, the IDFA 2020 program is now live. Are you itching to plan screenings and buy tickets, but not sure where to start? Then let us show you the way through the festival with these Program Pathways.

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                  IDFA Forum selection announced

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                  • October 13, 2020

                    IDFA is pleased to announce the 63 projects selected to pitch at IDFA Forum, the festival’s co-production and co-financing market. The selection welcomes both established filmmakers and new voices to the international stage, including projects from Maria Ramos, Mila Turajlić, Andrei Ujica, and Kim Longinotto, while the new media selection includes projects by Klasien van de Zandschulp, Sacha Wares, Toby Coffey, Joe Bini, and Sam Green. With a new award, an additional presentation category, and the market’s most diverse lineup to date, the 28th edition of IDFA Forum promises to be a landmark industry event—one that is sure to define the coming year of documentary film. The Forum takes place online from November 16 to 20.

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                    Urgent call for the release of Hajooj Kuka

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                    • September 21, 2020

                      The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and International Film Festival Rotterdam call for the Sudanese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release filmmaker Hajooj Kuka and the four artists imprisoned with him.

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                      IDFA Meets WePresent: | CANCELLED

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                      • September 15, 2020

                        Can creativity change lives, and can art - in its many forms - be a tool for dreaming bigger than the forces that hold us back? In this special collaborative event, WePresent and IDFA invite us to consider the many ways we use creativity to overcome adversity and escape limitations - both those imposed on us by society and those we impose upon ourselves.

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