International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Date :Nov 18, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015

Cities : Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Festival Details

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    If you asked cinephiles to name the biggest documentary film festival they know of, most would come up with Hot Docs in Canada or the UK’s famed Sheffield Doc/Fest, or even the documentary program run by Sundance – and yet Amsterdam is the annual host city for the largest festival in the world.

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the doc fest of doc fests for those in the know and for documentary filmmakers themselves. From its humble beginnings in 1988 it has grown annually to become a cultural behemoth: its most recent edition saw its programme running for eleven days, screening more than 300 documentaries and attracting nearly 200,000 visitors and 2,500 professionals to multiple venues across the Netherland’s bustling capital.

    The IDFA’s annual aim is straightforward: to present the finest documentaries curated from a large international arena, with an emphasis on singular, intriguing points of view, or innovative topics and ideas, or relevance to contemporary political or social issues. In short, to provide as wide a platform as possible for uniquely creative documentaries from around the globe.

    Such is the festival’s prestige now that many of the most high profile docs in the world screen here first, before making their way to the likes of Sundance and Full Frame, including the likes of the acclaimed yet controversial The Cove. After scooping the IDFA’s Audience Award – one of several annual awards handed out during the fest – in 2009, The Cove went on to win the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary. The festival is known as a community event for international doc fans and creatives, drawing sizeable audiences, filmmakers and industry insiders together to celebrate the form, with supplementary strands including workshops, panel discussions, masterclasses, post-screening Q&As, and evening get-togethers and galas. Add to this the IDFA’s training and education programmes – including summer schools and workshops – and marketing and funding opportunities such as the IDFA Bertha Fund which supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries, and the festival is heading into 2015 – its 28th edition – in prime condition.

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2014 takes place on November 19th to 30th across various locations in the capital, including the Stedelijk Museum and the Pathé Tuschinski.

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