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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IDFA 2017: The Female Gaze is Gone — Jennifer Merin reports

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, otherwise known as IDFA, has accomplished during the decades since it was co-founded by Ally Derks, who is rightly revered in the documentary film realm. But Ally Derks has moved on, and IDFA is changing its outlook. This year, the festival dropped its The Female Gaze program and is, apparently, no longer focusing on ongoing issues of gender parity faced by the international community of women filmmakers.

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It’s a Wrap: AWFJ Looks Back at 2016

AWFJ is completing our tenth anniversary year, and it’s time to take stock and evolve. What has our organization accomplished

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Maite Alberdi Wins IDFA 2016 AWFJ EDA Award for THE GROWN UPS, with 2,500 Euros Prize

For the third consecutive year, AWFJ presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at IDFA. At a ceremony hosted by Chile Docs and held on November 22, IDFA Director Ally Derks introduced AWFJ jurors Jennifer Merin and Dorothy Woodend, and they in turn announced that the EDA Award and cash prize of 2,500 Euros goes to Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi for The Grown Ups. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ IDFA 2016 Filmmaker Interview: Maite Alberdi on THE GROWN-UPS

Chilean documentarian Maite Alberdi’s uniquely intimate observational style give us an up close and personal glimpse into the world of four adults with Down syndrome, all of whom struggle to live more independently in a social structure that has confined them for 40 plus years in a special education school where they’ve been trained and mow work. In a most humane and compassionate way, the film embraces the dreams and frailties of its leading characters and exposes the ways in which socially conscious compassion and the need for expediency conflict in impacting the lives of people who don’t fit social ‘norms.’

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