IDFA Competition for Creative Use of Archive

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    Supported by The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the inaugural IDFA Competition for Creative Use of Archive pays tribute to one of the pillars of documentary filmmaking: the archive. See the jury members here.

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    • Lucas Gallo
    • 2019

    Excerpts from the TV program 60 minutos and other archive material, primarily originating from the Argentine military dictatorship, document the 74-day Falklands War of 1982.


    • Ira A. Goryainova
    • 2019

    An intimate essay on the human body, disease and health. Departing from personal experience, filmmaker Ira A. Goryainova explores how we have looked at ourselves and our illnesses over the centuries.

    I Owe You a Letter About Brazil

    • Carol Benjamin
    • 2019

    Filmmaker Carol Benjamin’s father spent years in jail during the Brazilian military dictatorship. It drove her grandmother to become a human rights activist. What scars has this era left on their family and country, and why is nobody talking about it?

    Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream

    • Frank Beauvais
    • 2019

    In a breathtaking collage of ultra-short film excerpts, Frank Beauvais talks about his past, fears, thoughts and desires. The result is a superior and autobiographical sampling composition with a literary slant.

    Letter to the Editor

    • Alan Berliner
    • 2019

    A love letter to the newspaper as news medium, made up of photos that filmmaker Alan Berliner cut out of the New York Times day after day over the course of 40 years and archived according to an ingenious system.

    Marshawn Lynch: A History

    • David Shields
    • 2019

    This unconventional portrait of the popular and rebellious American football player Marshawn Lynch consists of over 700 image fragments. What’s the deeper meaning behind his refusal to talk with the media?


    • Piotr Winiewicz, Dawid Górny, RNDR
    • 2019

    This autonomous AI engine arranges and edits film in continuous real time, opening new doors to new and innovative ways of filmmaking.

    State Funeral

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2019

    A montage of previously unreleased material immerses us in the Soviet Union, in the four-day period of mourning following the death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953. This is the grotesque culmination of the personality cult surrounding the dictator.

    They Call Me Babu

    • Sandra Beerends
    • 2019

    Alima worked as a nanny in the former Dutch colony of Indonesia. Her story plays out against the backdrop of World War II and the struggle for independence, and is complemented by unique footage from various archives.