IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

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    IDFA takes young audiences seriously, offering them the best and most entertaining documentary films. The Netherlands is probably the world leader in making documentary films for children, but other countries are taking the challenge too. This year we selected four youth documentaries from the Netherlands for the IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs. In addition, films from India, Colombia and Poland, among others, were selected.

    Items in this selection

    Crowley – Cowboy Up

    • Andre Hörmann
    • 2018

    An intimate exploration of love, grief and resilience, as seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old cowboy.

    Dancing for You

    • Katarzyna Lesisz
    • 2018

    Twelve-year-old Wiktor is rehearsing for an important ballet performance, and he’s hoping that his father will come and watch him.


    • Angello Faccini, Guille Isa
    • 2018

    Dulce is terrified by her first swimming lesson, but swimming is an essential life skill in her Colombian coastal village.

    Fantasy, Fantasy

    • Kaspar Astrup Schröder
    • 2018

    How does it feel to have autism? Twin 11-year-olds Molly and Smilla offer funny, moving and inspiring perspectives on their world.


    • Anneke de Lind van Wijngaarden, Annelies Kruk
    • 2018

    A year ago, Gracious experienced something awful, and now she wants to hide herself away from everyone. Can she ever get back to being the happy teenager she once was?

    The Man Who Looked Beyond the Horizon

    • Martijn Blekendaal
    • 2018

    A playfully edited documentary investigating the disappearance of a man who proves to have left behind something more special than just a mystery.

    Marseille, to the Moon and Back

    • Benjamin Chevallier
    • 2018

    Two girlfriends will soon be at different schools, but first they enjoy a final summer of the carefree bubble in which only they exist.

    My Faith: Jehova’s Witness

    • Cathrine Marchen Asmussen
    • 2018

    A sincere and non-judgmental impression of the life of a young Jehovah’s Witness, who genuinely believes that paradise will come on the day that Jehovah defeats Satan.

    Skip and the Rhythm Rangers

    • Olivier S Garcia
    • 2018

    Dance is the most important thing in 14-year-old Skip’s life—even if that means being teased by classmates who think dancing is for girls.


    • Rishi Chandna
    • 2018

    A documentary comedy in which a pet rooster turns the domestic life of a family living in a small Mumbai apartment upside down.


    • René van Zundert
    • 2018

    Struggling to find his way through life’s ups and downs, Jose wants to be the best stunt cyclist in Rotterdam.

    199 Little Heroes: Miral from Palestine

    • Sigrid Klausmann
    • 2018

    The Palestinian girl Miral is only 11 but she has big dreams: to be a professional soccer player and play on the national team.