IDFA Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary

Ten new documentaries screening in the IDFA 2016 program and directed by female filmmakers are eligible for the IDFA Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary (€2,500), to be presented by an international jury of female journalists.

The 2016 winner was announced during IDFA's Guests Meet Guests reception on November 22; the award goes to The Grown-Ups by Maite Alberdi. The jury consisted of Jennifer Merin (USA), Julide Tanriverdi (Germany/Turkey) and Dorothy Woodend (Canada). You can find the full list of nominees below.

Jury Report
Beautifully rendered and brilliantly edited, The Grown Ups is an impressively informative and utterly compassionate glimpse into the lives of Down syndrome adults who are, at age 40-something, stuck in a school environment that 'normal' society deems safe, but they know to be quite limiting. Filmmaker Maite Alberdi's rapport with her subjects allows them to voice their innermost longings and admirable aspirations. Their engaging story is a mixture of heartache and humor, and hope for greater understanding of people with Down syndrome – or, for that matter, anyone whose perceptions and abilities are different from 'the norm' For these reasons, we select The Grown-Ups to receive the 2016 IDFA AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary. Alberdi won her first AWFJ EDA Award at IDFA in 2014, and we look forward to seeing many more extraordinary films from this wonderful young woman director.
 

Winner 2016

The Grown-Ups

Maite Alberdi (Chile/The Netherlands/France, 2016, 80 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary.


Finalists


How to Meet a Mermaid

Coco Schrijber (The Netherlands/Denmark/Belgium, 2016, 97 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary.

El Patio

Elvira Diaz (France/Chile, 2016, 82 min.)
World premiere.
Screening in the Panorama section.


Nominees


Almost There

Jacqueline Zünd (Switzerland, 2016, 80 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance.

Areum

Areum Parkkang (South Korea, 2016, 93 min.)
International premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance .

La Chana

Lucija Stojevic (Spain/Iceland/USA, 2016, 83 min.)
World premiere.
Screening in the Panorama section.

Dil Leyla

Asli Özarslan (Germany, 2016, 72 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary.

The Girl down Loch Änzi

Alice Schmid (Switzerland, 2016, 87 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance.

Sealers – One Last Hunt

Trude Berge Ottersen/Gry Elisabeth Mortensen (Norway, 2016, 90 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance.

Venus

Lea Glob/Mette Carla Albrechtsen (Denmark, 2016, 80 min.)
World premiere.
Selected for the IDFA Competition for First Appearance.
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