Dispatches from IDFA 2014: Day 7 – 12

72545_1The final days of IDFA 2014 brought a live cinema event in the DocLab series presenting some of the most remarkable multimedia projects and storytellers from the Lowlands, in collaboration with the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. Visual artist Jan Rothuizen and multimedia journalist Martijn van Tol world premiered Refugee Republic; designer Daniel Disselkoen encouraged us to rediscover familiar places through his app Cucalu; and comedian Paulien Cornelisse and radio storytellers Chris Bajema and Katerina Smets (Radio in the Dark) presented a handful of their favorite multimedia radio stories.

On Day 8, renowned documentary theorist, journalist and professor Bill Nichols brought his reflections on the state of documentary today in the final Industry Talk. Has the rise of the documentary to unanticipated heights in the last few decades come at the expense of documentary purity, or has it meant a liberation from documentary rigidity? What is a reasonable expectation in terms of social impact for a film, or for documentaries in general? In the talk, moderated by Hollywood Reporter film critic Neil Young, Nichols gave a philosophical insight into how documentaries interact with the world around them.

Bill-NicholsPrior to the juries nomination announcement for this year’s seven IDFA Awards, two awards were already given out at the Nominees Night. The Oxfam Global Justice Award went to Iranian director Firouzeh Khosrovani for her film Fest of Duty, screening in IDFA’s Panorama section. Chilean director Maite Alberadi received the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary for her film Tea Time

By Friday evening, the winners in IDFA’s various competition programs were announced. Of Men and War by Laurent Bécue-Renard won the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Naziha’s Spring by Gülsah Dogan won the BankGiro Loterij IDFA Audience Award.

The film Giovanni and the Water Ballet by Astrid Bussink was chosen by a jury of children as the best Dutch youth documentary of the past year.

Find the Full List of WinnersHERE

– Steve Rickinson (w/ additional words from IDFA)


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