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IDFA 2021

El IDFA revela su nueva estructura de programas, con dos competiciones principales y nuevos premios


- El renovado programa incluirá dos nuevas categorías: la Competición Internacional y la Competición Envision

El IDFA revela su nueva estructura de programas, con dos competiciones principales y nuevos premios
(© Thomas Schlijper/IDFA)

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced a revamped programme structure with two main competitions at the forefront. The new setup sees the introduction of the International Competition and the Envision Competition, which, in dialogue with each other, will form the centre of the event’s programme alongside a slew of new awards celebrating the art of documentary filmmaking.

In detail, the International Competition will showcase around 15 world, international or European premieres of films that are over 60 minutes in length. These works should be “artistically confident, well-rounded and universally relevant films; they will form the backbone of this competition, showcasing the work of filmmakers who have mastered all the sophistication and refinement of documentary cinema – the best of the art”.

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Meanwhile, the Envision Competition will present around 15 world, international or European premieres of films that are over 40 minutes in length. Titles in this competition should “boldly seek their own cinematic language, traversing our current reality to propose visions of a documentary art form to come”. Both strands will include a main, juried Award for Best Film in addition to other prizes that acknowledge the craft and innovation of documentary filmmaking.

Moreover, IDFA will now inaugurate two cross-sectional awards: films in the main competitions, Luminous and Frontlight can be nominated for Best First Feature, whereas films in all programme sections may be nominated for Best Dutch Film. In lieu of their respective competitions, the festival will select Dutch, mid-length, student and debut feature films for competitions and sections throughout the programme, taking into consideration only the movies’ artistic contributions. IDFA’s competitions for shorts and youth films will remain unchanged.

As for the gathering’s new-media strand, IDFA DocLab will celebrate its 15th edition this year, taking this anniversary as a starting point to explore how the field has evolved across immersive art, digital art, and interdisciplinary installations and performances. DocLab competitions presented this year will reflect these developments in the field in tandem with a focus on artistic excellence.

Speaking about the festival’s revamped structure, artistic director Orwa Nyrabia said: “Documentary film is going through a phase of historical transformation. New waves of filmmakers are continuously challenging the art form, investigating its limits and sharpening its edges as they search for artistic liberty. IDFA is changing along with documentary film, moving into a new programme structure that departs from its solid and proven past into a more flexible curatorial vision that is open to experimentation. We are adopting an open structure for an era of transformation – a structure that is carefully crafted to resonate with the documentary visions of the world’s filmmakers while creating equally important space for all the artistic diversity of the documentary art form.”

Festival submissions are now open for the 34th edition of the event, set to unspool from 17-28 November 2021.

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