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    "Grandmother'" Wins IDFA Jury Prize, "Sisters" Tops With Audiences in Amsterdam

    The 2005 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam wrapped up this weekend with Adan Aliaga's "My Grandmother's House" (La Casa de Mi Abuela) awarded the VPRO Joris Ivens Award for best feature film in competition. The Spanish documentary is story of a grandmother and her grandchild living life i...

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    IDFA Award Nominees

    From the IDFA website, the nominees for this year's IDFA prizes are: For the VPRO Joris Ivens Award - the best long documentary: "China Blue" by Micha X. Peled (USA, 2005), "My Grandmother's House" by Adan Aliaga (Spain, 2005), and "Le Voyage des Femmes de Zartale" by Claude Mourieras (France, 2004). For the Silver Wolf, the award for the best short documentary: "Before flying back to the Earth" by Arunas Matelis, (Lithuania, Germany, 2005), "Chicken Elections" by Goran Radovanovic (Serbia, Montenegro, 2005) and "Svyato" by Victor Kossakovsky (Russia, 2005). And nominations for the First Appearance Award, the best debut, are: "The Angelmakers...

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    "Capote" and "Murderball" Win Top Gotham Awards; "Squid" & "Sex Addict" Also Honored

    Bennett Miller's "Capote" and Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" were among the big winners Wednesday night at the annual Gotham Awards, nabbing the Best Feature and Best Documentary awards respectively at a ceremony hosted this year by actress Kyra Sedgwick and presented by the I...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Shamir's "5 Days," Inside The Tense -- But Bloodless -- Battle For Controversial

    Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's recent decision to remove Jewish settlers from land in the Gaza Strip is a move that has had a significant impact on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even leading Sharon to leaving the ruling Likud party just a week ago. A new film that debuted at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week takes an inside look at how the country's Israeli Defense Force, with 40,000 troops, evicted 8,000 settlers from their homes, but maintained a pledge that no Jewish blood would be shed in the process. U.S. cable networks beamed sensational and emotional images live to the States as t...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Talking Distribution and Sundance During an Industry Session in Amsterdam

    The pending announcement of Sundance's competition lineup weighed heavy on the minds of some attendees at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Monday night local time as a sizeable group of people sat in wooden bleachers in a community center near festival's headquarters for a panel on documentary distribution moderated by indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez. Americans and European insiders including Bjorn Koll from Salzberger/Cinema Net Europe in Germany, Jan Rofekamp from Films Transit, Stan Van Engelen from VPRO/Holland Doc here in Amsterdam, producer Bart Simpson ("The Corporation"), and Diane Weyermann from Participant Produc...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Celebrating Democracy and Rebellion With "Sisters in Law", and More

    The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) opened its 18th edition on Thursday evening here in Amsterdam amidst an Arctic blast from the North Sea that sent shivers through the canal city, nevertheless, crowds turned up for the start of the event -- one of the world's leading, and large...

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    The Latest From IDFA

    While indieWIRE is currently on a Thanksgiving holiday, editors Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks are in Amsterdam covering the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, a first dispatch from the festival and the first iPOP shots will be published this weekend. In the meantime, Eugene is writing...

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    One Vote, Many Perspectives: New Documentaries Investigate The Controversial 2004 Presidential Elect

    A year ago this month, Americans came out to vote for their president in one of the tightest races in US history, as filmmakers around the country showed up with their cameras to document the process. Now that Americans have had time to digest the results, and filmmakers have had time to edit their...

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    IDA Picks "Favela Rising" and "Our Brand is Crisis"

    Matt Mochary and Jeff Zimbalist's "Favela Rising" and Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand is Crisis" shared the feature film award from the International Documentary Association (IDA), the organization announced today. The prizes will be presented on December 9th at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles. Marshall ...

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    15 Films Selected for Oscar Short List in Doc Feature Category

    Fifteen documentary films have been selected for the "short list" of titles competing for one of five nominations for the 78th Academy Awards. Eighty-two eligible films were submitted for consideration for the Best Documentary Feature category this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Ar...

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