APOLONIA. APOLONIA- Review by Diane Carson

Apolonia, Apolonia follows an aspiring painter through her struggles. Danish director Lea Glob reports that during a 2009 Skype call Apolonia Sokol captured her attention with a composed, mesmerizing presence. Studying in the Danish Film School, required to complete a film project, Glob embarked on what later became a thirteen year collaboration resulting in the two hour documentary Apolonia, Apolonia revealing the daunting challenges to becoming a successful painter.

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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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