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.

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. 

15 Films in 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Feature-Length Documentary Competition

15 Films in 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Feature-Length Documentary Competition

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan KnibbeThose Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan Knibbe

15 films have been selected for the competition program for feature-length documentary in the upcoming IDFA, the 27th edition of which takes place from November 19 to 30, in Amsterdam. Two of these competitors are local Dutch productions: Around The World in 50 Concerts by Heddy Honigmann and Those Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan Knibbe. The jury, made up of Anne Aghion (USA), Talal Derki (Syria), Sandra den Hamer (the Netherlands), Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark) and Alina Rudnitskaya (Russia) will present the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, with a cash prize of € 12,500.

SONG FROM THE FOREST Wins Best Documentary at 2013 IDFA

SONG FROM THE FOREST Wins Best Documentary at 2013 IDFA

SONG FROM THE FOREST by Michael ObertSONG FROM THE FOREST by Michael Obert

SONG FROM THE FOREST by Michael Obert won the top prize, VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 26th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam which took place November 29 to December 1, 2013.  The film focuses on American Louis Sarno, who has lived for 25 years with a tribe of Pygmies in the jungle of Central Africa and decides to take his son to America for the first time. Other top winners include TWIN SISTERS by Mona Friis Bertheussen snagging the BankGiro Loterij IDFA Audience Award. Twin Sisters is the remarkable story of Chinese twins adopted in two completely different parts of world, but who are united by fate. The next IDFA will take place November 19 to 30, 2014.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Unveils 2013 Official Selections

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Unveils 2013 Official Selections

AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE by Andreas JohnsenAI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE by Andreas Johnsen

The 26th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam taking place from November 20 toDecember 1, 2013 , in Amsterdam, unveiled the 2013 official film selections. The program consists of 288 titles (selected from more than 3,000 submissions), of which 100 will have their world première during the festival. 15 films will compete this year in IDFA’s competition for feature-length documentaries.