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Award winners of 35th IDFA competition.
Award winners of 35th IDFA competition. [IDFA/Coen Dijkstra]

Apolonia, Apolonia by Lea Glob is the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film and the €15,000 cash prize in the International Competition at the 35th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Spanning 13 years, the film is a fascinating portrait of a young woman trying to find her place in the art world. “This film has characters who breathe life and take us on a journey, opening us up to the worlds of culture and art, of business and politics, of the mechanics of a success story. It is infused with love. The Award for Best Film goes to Lea Glob for her film Apolonia, Apolonia,” the jury reported.

Also in the International Competition, the IDFA Award for Best Directing went to Simon Chambers for Much Ado About Dying (Ireland, United Kingdom); the IDFA Award for Best Editing went to Mario Steenbergen for Journey Through Our World (The Netherlands) and the IDFA Award for Best Cinematography went to Paul Guilhaume for Paradise (France, Switzerland).

In the Envision Competition, Angie Vinchito won the IDFA Award for Best Film for Manifesto (Russia); the Award for Best Directing went to Roberta Torre for The Fabulous Ones (Italy), and the Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution went to Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez for My Lost Country (Costa Rica, Iraq, Chile, Egypt).

2022 IDFA Complete List of Winners

International Competition

IDFA Award for Best Film – International Competition: Apolonia, Apolonia, dir. Lea Glob
IDFA Award for Best Directing – International Competition: Much Ado About Dying, dir. Simon Chambers
IDFA Award for Best Editing – International Competition: Journey Through Our World, editor Mario Steenbergen
IDFA Award for Best Cinematography – International Competition: Paradise, cinematographer Paul Guilhaume

Envision Competition

IDFA Award for Best Film – Envision Competition: Manifesto, dir. Angie Vinchito
IDFA Award for Best Directing – Envision Competition: The Fabulous Ones, dir. Roberta Torre
IDFA Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Envision Competition: My Lost Country, dir. Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez
Special Mention – Envision Competition: Notes for a Film, dir. Ignacio Agüero

Immersive Non-Fiction

IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction: In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats, dir. Darren Emerson
Special Jury Award for Creative Technology: Plastisapiens, dir. Miri Cherkhanovich and Edith Jorisch

Digital Storytelling

IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling: He Fucked the Girl Out of Me, dir. Taylor McCue
Special Jury Award for Creative Technology: His Name Is my Name, dir. Eline Jongsma and Kel O’Neill.

Short Documentary

IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary: Away, dir. Ruslan Fedotow
Special Mention – Short Documentary: The Porters, dir. Sarah Vanagt

Youth Documentary

IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (14+): Home Is Somewhere Else, dir. Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos.
IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (9-13): Ramboy, dir. Matthias Joulaud
Special Mention – Youth Film: Jasmin’s Two Homes, dir. Inka Achté and Hanna Karppinen

Additional Awards

IDFA Award for Best First Feature: The Etilaat Roz, dir. Abbas Rezaie
Special Mention – First Feature: Guapo’y, dir. Sofia Paoli Thorne
IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film: Journey Through Our World, dir. Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster
Special Mention – Best Dutch Film: Inside My Heart, dir. Saskia Boddeke
Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award: Private Footage, dir. Janaína Nagata
Special Mention – Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award: The March on Rome, dir. Mark Cousins

IDFA Forum Award

IDFA Forum Award for Best Pitch: Niñxs, dir. Kani Lapuerta
IDFA Forum Award for Best Rough Cut: The Tuba Thieves, dir. Alison O’Daniel
IDFA DocLab Forum Award: We Speak Their Names in Hushed Tones, dir. Omoregie Osakpolor

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