International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
SINCE: 1988
WHERE: Amsterdam, Netherlands
WEBSITE: www.idfa.nl/industry
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Since its launch in 1988 IDFA has been one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals, dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of ground-breaking creative documentaries.

La Chana by Lucija Stojevic

LA CHANA by Lucija Stojevic Wins IDFA Audience Award

La Chana by Lucija Stojevic has won the VPRO IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Audience Award. La Chana is a portrait of flamenco queen ‘La Chana’, who returns to the stage after a 23-year absence.

Dead Slow Ahead

2016 IDFA to Present Themed Program Focusing on Slow Documentary

At the upcoming 2016 IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the festival’s themed program The Quiet Eye will investigate slow documentary, presenting documentary projects that take as their starting point the experience of time in real life.

Sonita

Rooftop Films + IDFA To Present 3 Nights Of Documentary Film

Rooftop Films and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world’s largest documentary film festival, will present three nights of documentary screenings  in various locations across New York City from Wednesday, July 20 to Friday, July 22.

SONITA

‘Sonita” “Boudewijn de Groot – Come Closer ” Win Audience Awards at IDFA

Sonita by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami is the winner of the IDFA Audience Award at the 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Sonita – which was made with support from the IDFA Bertha Fund – also won the IDFA DOC U Award. Boudewijn de Groot – Come Closer by Suzanne Raes took the IDFA Music Audience Award. Sonita, tells the story of 18-year-old Afghan Sonita Alizadeh, who lives illegally in Iran and dreams of a career […]

Don Juan Wins Best Feature-Length Documentary Award at 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Don Juan Wins Best Feature-Length Documentary Award at 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Jerzy Sladkowski’s Don Juan won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary and Ukrainian Sheriffs by Roman Bondarchuk won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary at the 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA award ceremony. The prize for the best Dutch documentary went to Ester Gould for A Strange Love Affair with Ego. The festival’s opening film A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert was awarded the IDFA Special Jury Award for […]

Filmmakers Thomas Vroege and Tom Fassaert Win Awards at 2015 IDFA

Filmmakers Thomas Vroege and Tom Fassaert Win Awards at 2015 IDFA

The 2015 IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam just officially opened with the screening of A Family Affair directed by Tom Fassaert (pictured above) and presented awards to filmmakers Thomas Vroege and Tom Fassaert. The 2015 Dutch Cultural Media Fund Documentary Award of €125,000 went to Thomas Vroege to fund his film plan for Theater of the Crowd, and Tom Fassaert, director of A Family Affair, received The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Award of €50,000. Theater of the […]

Benjamin Barber to Present Film Program at 2015 IDFA Reflecting on Jihad vs. McWorld

Benjamin Barber to Present Film Program at 2015 IDFA Reflecting on Jihad vs. McWorld

The 1995 book Jihad vs. McWorld by American political theorist Benjamin Barber forms the starting point for the special program Benjamin Barber: Jihad vs. McWorld 2015 at the upcoming 2015 IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. This year a new 20th anniversary edition of the book will be published with the subtitle ‘ISIS on the Internet’. At IDFA, Benjamin Barber, an internationally renowned political theorist and the author of eighteen books, will present his own […]

15 Documentary Films to Compete at 28th IDFA; Fest to Open with A FAMILY AFFAIR

15 Documentary Films to Compete at 28th IDFA; Fest to Open with A FAMILY AFFAIR

15 films will compete in the feature-length documentary competition of the upcoming 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which takes place in Amsterdam from November 18 to 29, 2015. The 28th IDFA opens on 18 November with A Family Affair by Dutch director Tom Fassaert. In A Family Affair, Fassaert explores the delicate history of his own family, which is marked by conflict. This personal journey takes him through four generations, and becomes complicated […]

Documentary About American Iraq Veterans with PTSD Wins 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Documentary About American Iraq Veterans with PTSD Wins 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Of Men and War by Laurent Bécue-RenardOf Men and War by Laurent Bécue-Renard

Laurent Bécue-Renard won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), for Of Men and War (France / Switzerland). The film is about a group of American Iraq veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Director Bécue-Renard follows the group for many years during therapy sessions in a clinic for veterans.  The jury presented the Special Jury Award to Something Better to Come (Denmark / Poland) by Hanna Polak, who for fourteen years followed young girl Yula and those who share her fate, living in the biggest waste tip in Europe, just outside Moscow.