Class of 2017

    • set 3 documentaries

    Sixteen film projects are selected for the IDFAcademy Summer School 2017. Some of the directors attended IDFA before - either as a crewmember or maker of a documentary. Three of those are now available online, for free. 

    Ram Devineni and Artem Ryzhykov are attending with their project The Hydra; at the IDFA 2015 edition they were crew members for Chad Garcia's The Russian Woodpecker. In the same year the Ukrainian director Alisa Kovalenko, who will develop her new project Home Games at the Summer School, competed for the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance with her debut Alisa in Warland. Filmmaker Gábor Hörcher managed to win that competition with his film Drifter - this summer he will be working on his new feature documentary The Emma Show. 

    Read more about the 2017 IDFAcademy Summer School participants.

    Documentaries in this selectie

    The Russian Woodpecker

    • Chad Gracia
    • 2015

    On the eve of the protests in Kiev, a Chernobyl victim goes looking for the true cause of the nuclear reactor disaster.

    Alisa in Warland

    • Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
    • 2015

    A candid, personal self-portrait by a young woman traveling through Ukraine after the outbreak of the revolution.


    • Gábor Hörcher
    • 2014

    A close-up portrait of a rebellious racecar-driving teen coping with the twists and turns of life in rural Hungary.