Jury Report: IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs 2016

The jury found it extremely hard to choose between 13 films that varied hugely in length, form and subject matter. From a series of one minute animated shorts, a 13-minute film made entirely of photographs to feature-length documentaries on themes such as murder fantasies in Holland, eagle hunters in Mongolia, German girl wrestlers under pressure to living with chronic epilepsy in Norway – the variety was astonishing. It was very inspiring and touching to watch all the dilemmas unfold. Such as standing up to your racist older brother, fighting against gender roles in your society, keeping your sense of humor when you’ve fled your country and looking after your mentally ill mother. In having to select two films, the jury discussed storytelling technique, style and above all authenticity and how each story would speak to a young audience.

IDFA Special Jury Award for Childrens' Documentary 
A film whose protagonist stays with you long after the film has ended. A story about coming to terms with your reality and forgiving someone despite being abandoned. This film shows a troubled parent-child relationship that the jury believes many children will relate to. The main character inspires by showing bravery, no self-pity and the determination to trust again.
The IDFA Special Jury Award for Children's Documentary goes to Naomi’s Secret by Saskia Gubbels.

IDFA Award for Best Children’s Documentary
In a time where we feel the pressure to profile ourselves on social media, to be hip and happy constantly, the main character shows us a hidden world of loneliness and the inability to relate to others. Three teenage boys take care of each other through times of depression and self-harm. We experience male friendship with a freshness and intimacy that is rare.
The IDFA Award for Best Children’s Documentary goes to Rocknrollers by Daan Bol.
 

Jury Biographies

Monica Hellström has worked as a producer at Final Cut for Real since 2010. She has a BA in Media Production from the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Copenhagen. In 2010, she graduated from the EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) producers’ workshop. Hellström’s producer credits include Moon Rider by Daniel Dencik, Chikara – The Sumo Wrestler’s Son and The Fencing Champion by Simon Lereng Wilmont and The Massacre in Dvor by Georg Larsen. She co-produced Concerning Violence by Göran Olsson, Ruth by Hanna Heilborn and Varicella by Victor Kossakovsky.

Ollie Huddleston is an award-winning film editor with over 25 years of experience working in cinema and TV documentaries. His unique observational style has led to long-standing collaborations with some of documentary's leading directors, including Kim Longinotto, Adam Curtis, Sean McAllister, Angus Macqueen and Leo Regan. The films he has edited have won prizes at festivals all over the world, including one at Cannes and three at Sundance. He has been nominated for two BAFTA Awards and won two Royal Television Society editing awards.


Niki Padidar is a Dutch-Iranian director. She writes, directs, generates new concepts and produces artwork. Her short documentary debut Ninnoc won the IDFA Award for Best Children’s Documentary in 2015, a special mention at the Berlinale 2016 and three other international prizes. 
Call for Entry: IDFA Bertha Fund December 22, 2016 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is looking for new creative documentary projects from developing countries for both its classic program and the IBF Europe distribution scheme.
Ally Derks receives Pioneer Award December 12, 2016 | Last Saturday, Ally Derks received a prestigious Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association.
Open Call: Short Web Documentaries November 26, 2016 | IDFA and Jos de Putter from Deep Focus Web Documentaries invite entries for project proposals from talented (young) filmmakers.

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