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    Revamping our competitions

    Heading towards the 30th edition of the festival this November, IDFA has made several changes to its competition regulations.

    60 Seconds: Call for Mobile and Interactive Projects

    Interactive Creators: Explore the Short Form! The Very, Very Short Form.

    La Chana wins VPRO IDFA Audience Award

    La Chana by Lucija Stojevic has won the VPRO IDFA Audience Award. La Chana is a portrait of flamenco queen 'La Chana', who returns to the stage after a 23-year absence. 

    Art of the real

    • Industry
    • November 24, 2016
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    In one capacity or other, Barbara Visser has attended every edition of IDFA. The visual artist/filmmaker will be taking over artistic director Ally Derks' role for next year's 30th anniversary edition of the festival – and it's clear she knows the event inside out.

    Passion First

    • Industry
    • November 24, 2016
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    First Hand Films MD Esther van Messel has issued a stark warning that a gap is opening up between the aims of documentary filmmakers and the actual needs of distributors and broadcasters who show their work.

    All Governments Lie: Truth Deception, And The Spirit of I.F. Stone

    • Industry
    • November 24, 2016
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    Canadian journalist and producer Fred Peabody explores the work and legacy of I.F Stone, a seminal figure in the world of North American investigative journalism whose guiding principle "all governments lie" remains a mantra of successors such as Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras to this day.

    Filming the process

    • Industry
    • November 24, 2016
    • Nick Cunningham

    Dutch/Brazilian filmmaker Maria Ramos speaks about progress on her latest documentary The Process, about the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female President.

    Fisk hits the Forum

    • Industry
    • November 23, 2016
    • Melanie Goodfellow | Pictures: Ruud Jonkers

    Renowned Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk put in an appearance at the Forum on Tuesday for the pitch of Chinese-Canadian director Yung Chang's This Is Not a Movie, exploring journalism in the region through the veteran reporter's 40-year career in the Arab world.

    The Joy of Sound

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2016
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    Panamanian director Ana Endara Mislov was "thinking about happiness" when she had the idea for her new documentary, The Joy of Sound, an international premiere in the mid-length competition.

    Serial promise

    • Industry
    • November 22, 2016
    • Geoffrey Macnab | Picture: Lisa Terry

    The Promise, the new crime documentary from Marcus Vetter and Karin Steinberger, looks bound for a very long afterlife. A new radio series is being developed that will take the story forward. (This is being done with NDR and the BBC is also in discussion to offer support.)

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