IDFA 2022: Women Directors Win Big – Jennifer Merin reports

The winners of IDFA’s 35th edition competition programs were announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place at ITA (Internationaal Theater Amsterdam) on Thursday November 17th. Women directors won the big awards. Apolonia, Apolonia wins Best Film in the International Competition and Manifesto wins Best Film in the Envision Competition. IDFA has a long-standing record of recognizing women documentarians. In fact, AWFJ presented EDA Awards for best female directed films at IDFA from 2013 to 2016, and IDFA is the only Festival at which AWFJ’s EDA Award included a cash prize, which was provided by the festival. Our awards partnership dissolved when director Ally Derks resigned.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Laura Poitras to be Guest of Honor at IDFA – Brandy McDowell reports

Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras has been named the Guest of Honor for the 35th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, set for Nov. 9-20 in the Netherlands. Poitras (Citizenfour, My Country, My Country) will be honored at the Dutch festival with Top 10 and Retrospective programs.

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