IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary

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    With nine selected films, the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary (formerly the IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs) presents a world-class offering of documentary films for audiences aged eight to thirteen. This year’s selection is particularly international, with films from production countries such as India, Spain, Iran, and Belgium—a strong indication that documentary filmmaking for young audiences is taking off around the world. Other notable trends include more feature-length titles than in previous years, defying the notion that youngsters lack focus in a world of bite-sized entertainment. The selection is an affirmation that today’s youth documentary film is, first and foremost, film.

    Selected for Youth Documentary Competition

    Buck Fever

    • Griet Goelen, Louise Van Assche
    • 2021

      Hunting is the most normal thing in the world for eight-year-old Emily. She wants to shoot her first deer, and her father and older brother lovingly prepare her for her first attempt.

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      The Communion of My Cousin Andrea

      • Brandán Cerviño Abeledo
      • 2021

        A creative portrait of a young generation navigating between old traditions and modern social media codes. A year after her Catholic First Communion, how does Andrea look back on the event? Could it have been different, perhaps better?

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        Gabi, Between Ages 8 and 13

        • Engeli Broberg
        • 2021

          Gabi just wants to be herself, not a girl but not a typical boy either. And this is quite a challenge if the people around you—and ultimately also your own body—want to push you in a particular direction.

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          Kids Cup

          • Line Hatland
          • 2021

            Young soccer players from all over the world travel to Norway for an international youth tournament. In this heartwarming ensemble film, the teenagers learn to deal with all sorts of challenges—both on and off the field.

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            Mahalle’s School – Family Going Live

            • Akshay Pradip Ingle
            • 2021

              Janu and Vedu are attending classes online for the first time. These two Indian children are inquisitive, but sometimes a bit rebellious too. They explore this new world together with their parents. An unusual and playful family portrait.

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              Shabu

              • Shamira Raphaëla
              • 2021

                When 14-year-old Shabu wrecks his grandmother’s car on a joyride, he has to work all summer to repair the damage—both to the car and to the family ties. Meanwhile, more enticing things beckon, such as making music, for which he has big plans.

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                Water, Wind, Dust, Bread

                • Mahdi Zamanpoor Kiasari
                • 2021

                  A colorful and tender observational film about the lives of Abolfazl and Setayesh, two children in rural Iran. By a twist of fate, they lead very different lives in the same idyllic oasis.

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                  Wild Animal

                  • Maria Besora
                  • 2021

                    Three-year-old Janira lives on a goat farm. She has a speech delay and finds it hard to relate to her peers. But her love of nature and animals is infinite. And she doesn’t need words for these feelings.

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                    Yaren and the Sun

                    • Joren Slaets, Renate Raman
                    • 2021

                      Ten-year-old Yaren was six when her mother died. Now she’s going to Missing You, a mourning camp for children. Here she gets the space she needs to share her grief with children in the same position, and above all to laugh and dance together.

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