This year the festival will include special programming including “Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia,” which is dedicated to showcasing voices from the area, and “Based on a True Story,” which will compare documentaries and feature films that examine the same subject.
This year, 15 films are in the feature-length documentary competition. The winning film will be awarded with the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary which includes a cash prize. Winners may also be eligible for a Special Jury Prize.
5 of the 15 films in competition are directed by women. Check out the women eligible below. For a full list of the films in competition go here.
IDFA runs from November 20 to December 1. For more information and the complete lineup, visit their site.
by Asa Blanck & Johan Palmgren (Sweden)
Forty years ago, Pelle Persson left Sweden and settled in Pakistan. Now he returns to his motherland with the family he started far from home.
Farewell to Hollywood
by Henry Corra & Regina Nicholson (USA)
A heartwarming yet heartbreaking and controversial ode to 17-year-old Reggie, who is struggling with cancer, her family and the realization of her
Ne me quitte pas
by Niels van Koevorden & Sabine Lubbe Bakker (the Netherlands)
A Direct Cinema portrait of the Flemish Bob and the Walloon Marcel, two Belgian friends who share loneliness, humor, alcoholism and suicide plans with
by Berit Madsen (Denmark)
A portrait of a courageous young Iranian woman who refuses to conform to expectations and dreams of a future as an astronaut.
Stream of Love
by Agnes Sos (Hungary)
Love and desire still fill the hearts and thoughts of elderly villagers in Transylvania, Hungary. Their spirits are young, despite their years.