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17 November 2020 à 21:04

UniFrance and French documentaries at the 33rd IDFA

The 33rd edition of IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) will take place entirely online – including the Docs for Sale market and the Forum – from November 18 through December 6. It will be supported, like last year, by UniFrance, notably through an online discussion with filmmakers selected at the festival.

Considered one of the most important festivals of documentary films in the world, IDFA brings together an eclectic and international selection each year. It presents the public with committed documentary films, alert to current world events and also grouped into thematic strands renewed for each edition. This year "Life in Europe," "Anno 2020," "It's a Family Affair," "Spotlight: Morocco," "Power to the People," "Show me your ID," "Decolonize," and "The Backstage of Politics" are the guiding threads that lead audiences through the festival's rich selection.

A few figures: 

  • 41 French films (and French coproductions) will be presented this year (out of a total of 257 films)
  • 14 of these films will be world premieres, including The Grocer's Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World, the new documentary by Claire Simon, devoted to the Documentary Village in Lussas, and Ziyara by Simone Bitton, in which the filmmaker explores the memories of her childhood spent in Morocco. They are selected respectively in the Competition for Feature-Length Documentary and the Masters sections.
  • 23 of these films have been directed by women.

UniFrance will organize with IDFA an online discussion bringing together three filmmakers whose films feature in the selection. The discussion will focus on  the new perspectives they perceive in the Europe-Africa cinema relationship.

The discussion is accessible to people with festival accredition and/or by reservation here.

This Filmmaker Talk on New Perspectives on African-European Relations, moderated by Dutch writer and filmmaker Tessa Boerman, will take place Saturday, November 21 at 4pm and will bring together Myriam Bakir (Mothers), Dieudo Hamadi (Downstream to Kinshasa), and Mohamed Said Ouma (Red Card).

All the French films (or French coproductions) presented at the 33rd IDFA


Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

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Author : Communications

Latest update : 19 November 2020 à 21:04 CET

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - 2020

Type : Feature film and short film festival

Theme : Documentary