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    Congratulations and farewell to Senior Programmer Raul Niño Zambrano

      After more than 13 years as an integral member of the IDFA Program team, our beloved Raul Niño Zambrano is moving on to his next adventure. From the end of January he will be Head of Film Programmes at Sheffield DocFest, and we wish him all the best in the lead-up to the festival’s 2022 edition and beyond.

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      The IDFA Bertha Fund to support more projects with higher amounts through IBF Classic

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      • November 10, 2021

        For the first time in ten years, the grants for documentary films in production will jump from €17,500 to € 25,000 and those for project development from €5,000 to €7,500. In addition, now 25 projects will be supported each year instead of 20.

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        IDFA Meets Munganyende: Breakfast in Kisumu

          On October 23, IDFA Meets gets up close and personal with feminist author Munganyende. In this special daytime program, the writer takes us into the safe haven of a migrant living room, recreating the ease she felt growing up in these intimate spaces. Rebecca Achieng Ajulu-Bushell's short documentary film Breakfast in Kisumu will be screened, and East African breakfast will be served.

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          Videoland Academy calls for documentary ideas and horror stories

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          • September 28, 2021

            Dutch talent development program Videoland Academy is now accepting entries for its third edition. Continuing its work with emerging screenwriters and documentary filmmakers who tell contemporary, original, and accessible stories in different genres, the third Videoland Academy is specifically seeking documentary proposals within a Dutch context, and fiction proposals within a Dutch horror context.

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            Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant 2021 goes to [Posthuman Wombs] and Disarmed

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            • September 8, 2021

              This year’s Film Fund DocLab Interactive Grant goes to the interactive artworks [Posthuman Wombs] by Anna Fries and Malu Peeters and Disarmed by Alexandra Barancová, Jae Perris, and Moniker. Each project will receive a development contribution of €10,000 and will premiere at IDFA DocLab 2021 in November. With the grant, awarded for the fifth time this year, the Netherlands Film Fund and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam support the realization of innovative artistic projects with international potential.

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              IDFA Meets Ruben Baart: Artificial Intimacy

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              • September 1, 2021

                IDFA Meets, together with journalist-curator Ruben Baart and IDFA DocLab, investigates the intimate relationship between humans and technology in our next event. On September 30, dive into the world of artificial intimacy at Felix Meritis in Amsterdam.

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                ​Volunteers wanted for IDFA 2021

                  IDFA 2021 is only a few months away, and preparations are already in full swing. With the festival returning to cinemas all over Amsterdam, we're eagerly looking for volunteers to make this edition a success. Will you come join the team?

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                  IDFA previews 2021 festival edition with programming on Hito Steyerl, Artavazd Pelechian, Johan van der Keuken

                    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam announced the first details of its 2021 edition today, which will bring acclaimed filmmakers Hito Steyerl and Artavazd Pelechian to Amsterdam alongside presenting programs that celebrate their work. The festival also announced a first glimpse of an upcoming Focus Program in homage to renowned filmmaker Johan van der Keuken, marking the 25th anniversary of Amsterdam Global Village. IDFA will take place from November 17 to 28, 2021 in Amsterdam.

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                    IDFA presents award-winning short film Unforgivable during Pride

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                    • July 29, 2021
                    • Nico van den Berg

                      Specially for Pride, you can watch the extraordinary documentary film Unforgivable here until August 15. The film, about a small group of gay prisoners in a packed El Salvador prison, won the prize for best short documentary at IDFA last year. Telling the story of the sensitive Geovany, a former gang member who dares to be openly gay in the harsh prison environment, Unforgivable also left a lasting impression at numerous other international festivals. In celebration of the film's limited run in the IDFA Collection, we sat down with director Marlén Viñayo to talk about the making of this special documentary film and about the situation currently facing the LGBTQ+ community in El Salvador.

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                      IDFA Meets ROEF: Acasă, My Home

                        IDFA Meets and ROEF Amsterdam join forces for the second year! On Friday, August 27, head to the roof of the NEMO Science museum for a special screening of the Romanian festival hit Acasă, My Home while overlooking the Amsterdam skyline.

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