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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival held annually since 1988 in Amsterdam.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
IDFA LOGO.jpg
IDFA logo
Location Amsterdam, Netherlands
Founded 1988
Hosted by IDFA
Language International
Website http://www.idfa.nl/

The festival was initially held at the Leidseplein area in the centre of Amsterdam. The festival has since spread to a number of other locations. Cinemas and other institutes that have hosted the festival are: de Balie, Pathé City Theater, Filmmuseum Cinerama, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Paradiso, the Ketelhuis, the Hotel American, Tuschinski Cinema, Pathé De Munt multiplex, Theatercompagnie and Arti et Amicitiae.

The objective of the IDFA is to promote creative documentaries and to present them to as wide an audience as possible. It started as a small festival and has grown to an eleven-day festival, screening more than 200 documentaries and attracting nearly 120,000 visitors.

Apart from its international film program, the variety of genres and the many European and world premieres featured each year, the festival also hosts debates, forums and workshops.

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PrizesEdit

In IDFA's main competition programs, the best new documentaries of the year compete for six different awards.

  • The VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary for best documentary over 60 minutes in length.

Prize: €12,500.00 (The jury may also present a Special Jury Award)

  • The NPS IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for best documentary between 30 and 60 minutes in length.

Prize: €10,000.00

  • The IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary for best documentary under 30 minutes in length.

Prize: €5,000.00

  • The IDFA Award for Best First Appearance for best debut film.

Prize: €5,000.00

  • The IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary for best student documentary from film academies around the world.

Prize: €2,500.00

  • The Dioraphte IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary for best Dutch documentary.

Prize: €5,000.00

In addition to the competitions, IDFA presents several non-competitive film programs:

  • Nederland 2 IDFA Audience Award for best film as voted by audience.

Prize: €5,000.00

  • IDFA DOC U! Award for the youth jury’s favorite film.

Prize: €1.500.00

  • Mediafundprize Documentary for the winner of the IDFA Documentary Workshop.

Prize: €125,000.00

Award winnersEdit

VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (formerly: Joris Ivens Award)Edit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1988 Birthplace Unknown Karin Junger   Netherlands
1988 Ksjsiner Ruben Gevorksjanz   Soviet Union
1989 Šķērsiela Ivars Seleckis   Soviet Union
1990 Christo in Paris D. Maysles   United States
1991 Dreams and Silence Omar Al-Quattan   Belgium
1992 La Memoria del agua Hector Faver   Spain
1993 Belovy Victor Kossakovsky   Russia
1994 Solo, de wet van de Favela Jos de Putter   Netherlands
1995 Délits Flagrants Raymond Depardon   France
1996 Atman Pirjo Honkasalo   Finland /   Germany
1997 Auf der Kippe Andrei Schwartz   Germany
1998 Fotoamator / Photographer Dariusz Jablonski   Poland
1999 André Hazes - Zij gelooft in mij John Appel   Netherlands
2000 The Sea That Thinks Gert de Graaff   Netherlands
2001 Family Phie Ambo & Sami Saif   Denmark
2002 Stevie Steve James   United States
2003 Checkpoint Yoav Shamir   Israel
2004 Stand van de maan Leonard Retel Helmrich   Netherlands
2005 My Grandmother's House Adán Aliaga   Spain
2006 The Monastery: Mr. Vig and the Nun Pernille Rose Grønkjær   Denmark
2007 Stranded Gonzalo Arijon   France
2008 Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country Anders Østergaard   Denmark
2009 Last Train Home Lixin Fan   Canada
2010 Position Among the Stars Leonard Retel Helmrich   Netherlands
2011 Planet of Snail Seung-jun Yi   South Korea
2012 First Cousin Once Removed Alan Berliner   United States
2013 Song from the Forest Michael Obert   Germany
2014 Of Men and War Laurent Bécue-Renard   France /    Switzerland
2015 Don Juan Jerzy Sladkowski   Sweden /   Finland
2016 Nowhere to Hide Zaradasht Ahmed   Norway /   Sweden
2017 The Other Side of Everything[1] Mila Turajlić   Serbia

Nederland 2 IDFA Audience AwardEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1988 The Last Judgement Herz Frank   Soviet Union
1989 Skierskala Ivars Seleckis   Soviet Union
1990 In Memory of the Day Passed By Šarūnas Bartas   Lithuania
1991 Djembéfola Laurent Chevallier   France
1992 Black Harvest Robin Anderson & Bob Connolly   Australia
1993 Belovy V. Kossakovsky   Russia
1994 Choice and Destiny Tsipi Reibenbach   Israel
1995 Anne Frank Remembered Jon Blair   United Kingdom
1996 Blue Eyed B. Verhaag   Germany
1997 Vision Man W. Long   Sweden
1998 Twee Vaders Ko van Reenen   Netherlands
1999 Crazy Heddy Honigmann   Netherlands
2000 Desi Maria Ramos   Netherlands
2001 Offspring, B B. Stevens   Canada
2002 Bowling for Columbine Michael Moore   United States
2003 My Flesh and Blood Jonathan Karsh   United States
2004 The Yes Men Dan Ollman & Sarah Price & Chris Smith   United States
2005 Sisters in Law Kim Longinotto & Florence Ayisi   United Kingdom
2006 We Are Together / Thina simunye Paul Taylor   United Kingdom
2007 To See If I'm Smiling Tamar Yarom   Israel
2008 RiP: A Remix Manifesto Brett Gaylor   Canada
2009 The Cove Louie Psihoyos   United States

Special Jury PrizeEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1988 Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie Marcel Ophüls   France /   United States
1988 The Power of Solovki Marina Goldovskaya   Soviet Union
1989 Skierskala Ivars Seleckis   Soviet Union
1990 The Collector E. Strömdahl   Sweden
1991 Djembéfola Laurent Chevallier   France
1992 Black Harvest Robin Anderson & Bob Connolly   Australia
1993 Mit Verlust ist zu Rechnen Ulrich Seidl   Austria
1994 Choice and Destiny Tsipi Reibenbach   Israel
1995 Picasso Would Have Made a Glorious Waiter Jonathan Schell   United States
1996 The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera Adam Simon   England
1997 Little Dieter Needs to Fly Werner Herzog   Germany
1998 Pavel and Lyalya / a Jerusalem Romance Victor Kossakovsky   Russia
1999 A Cry from the Grave Leslie Woodhead   England
2000 Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale Laurie Gwen & David Shapiro   United States
2001 Elsewhere Nikolaus Geyrhalter   Austria
2002 On Hitler's Highway Lech Kowalski   France
2003 The Corporation Mark Achbar   Canada
2004 Liberia: an Uncivil War Jonathan Stack & James Brabazon   United States
2005 Our Daily Bread Nikolaus Geyrhalter   Austria
2006 Tender’s Heat. Wild Wild beach Alexander Rastorguev   Russia
2007 Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go Kim Longinotto   United Kingdom
2008 Forgetting Dad Rick Minnich & Matthew Sweetwood   Germany /   United States
2009 The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers Judith Ehrlich & Rick Goldsmith   United States
2012 Teached Kelly Amis   United States
2013 A Letter to Nelson Mandela Khalo Matabane   South Africa /   Germany
2014 Something Better to Come Hanna Polak   Denmark /   Poland
2015 Ukrainian Sheriffs Roman Bondarchuk   Ukraine /   Latvia /   Germany
2016 Still Tomorrow Jian Fan   China

NPS IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary (formerly: Silver Wolf Award)Edit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1995 6 Open, 21 Closed Amit Goren   Israel
1996 Mr. Behrmann - Leben Traum Tod Andreas Voigt   Germany
1997 Gigi, Monica...& Bianca Yasmina Abdellaoui & Benoït Dervaux   Belgium
1998 Hephzibah Curtis Levy   Australia
1999 Les Enfants du Borinage - Lettre à Henri Storck Patric Jean   Belgium
2000 Jung (War) in the Land of the Mujaheddin Fabrizio Lazzaretti, Alberto Vendemmiati, Giuseppe Petitto   Italy
2001 Haj-Abba's Wives Mohsen Abdolvahab   Iran
2002 Interesting Times - the Secret of my Success Jinchuan Duan   Chile
2003 Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers Erik Gandini   Sweden
2004 Georgi and the butterflies Andrey Paounov   Bulgaria
2005 Before Flying Back to the Earth Arūnas Matelis   Lithuania
2006 Enemies of Happiness Eva Mulvad   Denmark
2007 To See If I'm Smiling Tamar Yarom   Israel
2008 Boris Ryzhy Aliona van der Horst   Netherlands
2009 Iron Crows Bong-Nam Park   South Korea
2010 People I Could Have Been And Maybe Am Boris Gerrets   Netherlands

IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary (formerly: Silver Cub Award)Edit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
2005 Butterfly Man Samantha Rebillet   Australia
2006 My Eyes Erlend E. Mo   Denmark
2007 The Tailor Oscar Pérez   Spain
2008 Slaves - An animated documentary Hanna Heilborn & David Aronowitsch   Sweden /   Denmark
2009 Six Weeks Marcin Janos Krawczyk   Poland

IDFA Award for Best First AppearanceEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1997 Anthem, an American Road Story Shainee Gabel & Kristin Hahn   United States
1998 Les Amoureux de Dieu / Howling for God Dan Alexe   Belgium
1999 Zwischen 2 Welten Bettina Haasen   Germany
2000 Hybrid Monteith McCollum   United States
2001 Suka Igor Voloshin   Russia
2002 Barbeiros M. Junkkonen   Finland
2003 My Flesh and Blood Jonathan Karsh   United States
2003 The very best day Pavel Medvedev   Russia
2004 Podul Peste Tisa Ileana Stanculescu   Romania
2005 The Angelmakers Astrid Bussink   Netherlands /   Scotland
2006 We Are Together / Thina simunye Paul Taylor   United Kingdom
2007 End of the Rainbow Robert Nugent   France /   Australia
2008 Constantin and Elena Andrei Dascalescu   Romania
2009 Colony Ross McDonnell & Carter Gunn   Ireland /   United States
2010 Kano: An American and His Harem Monster Jimenez   Philippines
2011 The Vanishing Spring Light Xun Yu   China /   Canada
2012 Soldier on the Roof Esther Hertog   Netherlands
2013 My Name Is Salt Farida Pacha    Switzerland /   India
2014 Drifter Gábor Hörcher   Hungary /   Germany
2015 When the Earth Seems to Be Light Salome Machaidze & Tamuna Karumidze & David Meskhi   Georgia

Movies that Matter Human Rights AwardEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
2002 The Day I Will Never Forget Kim Longinotto   United Kingdom
2002 The Trials of Henry Kissinger Eugene Jarecki   United States /   United Kingdom /   Chile
2003 Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer Nick Broomsfield & Joan Churchill   United Kingdom
2004 The 3 Rooms of Melancholia Pirjo Honkasalo   Finland
2005 China Blue Micha X Peled   United States
2006 New Year Baby Socheata Poeuv   United States
2007 Jerusalem Is Proud to Present Nitzan Gilady   Israel
2008 Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country Anders Østergaard   Denmark

IDFA DOC U! Award for the youth jury’s favorite film (formerly: Moviesquad DOC U! Award)Edit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
2005 Shadya, Roy Roy Westler   Israel
2006 A Lesson of Belorussian Miroslaw Dembinski   Poland
2007 Planet B-Boy Benson Lee   United States
2008 Kassim the Dream Kief Davidson   United States
2009 The Yes Men Fix the World Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno   France /   United States
2010 Autumn Gold Jan Tenhaven   Germany
2011 The Last Days of Winter Mehrdad Oskouei   Germany
2012 Little World Marcel Barrena   Spain
2013 #chicagoGirl - The Social Network Takes on a Dictator Joe Piscatella   United States /   Syria

IDFA Award for Best Student DocumentaryEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
2007 Paradise – Three Journeys in This World Elina Hirvonen   Finland
2008 Shakespeare and Victor Hugo´s Intimacies Yulene Olaizola   Mexico
2009 Redemption Sabrina Wulff   Germany
2015 My Aleppo Melissa Langer   United States

IDFA DocLab Award for Digital StorytellingEdit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film or website's release)
2010 Out My Window Katerina Cizek   Canada
2011 In Situ Antoine Viviani   France

Zapper Award (1994 -1996)Edit

Year Film Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
1994 Death of a Nation: The Timor Conspiracy David Munro   England
1995 My Vote is My Secret Chroniques Sud Africaines 1994 Julie Henderson & Thulani Mokoena & Donne Rundle   France
1996 Grenzeloze Liefde - Made in Japan Puck de Leeuw   Netherlands


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mila Turajlić: Nismo ispričali sopstvenu istoriju". Večernje novosti (in Serbian). 24 November 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 

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