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World’s Largest Annual Documentary Film Festival Returns to Amsterdam

November 17, 2011

Piotr Wójciak

AMSTERDAM – The 24th Edition of the annual International Documentary Film Festival (IDFF) is now underway, with over 300 screenings and trans-media projects, including some of the most anticipated films of the year. Next to documentaries, the IDFF organizes a number of panels, workshops, discussions and fair. The festival continues until the 27th of September.

For 9 days, Amsterdam becomes the capital of the documentary film community. Local audience joined by thousands of visitors from all over the world have a unique chance to enjoy some of the best documentaries from both well-acclaimed authors, as well as young, up-and-coming filmmakers. This year’s edition of the IDFF offers a wide, politically committed program with traditionally strong international background.

The variety of choice is enormous here. From minimalist, personal projects, through more socially conscious, conceptual story telling to popular, big-scaled productions. As highlights of the IDFF 2011, pundits point to the latest Werner Herzog’s movie Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Steve James’ The Interrupters (honoured at Sundance Festival), the last part of the famous Paradise Lost trilogy and the much-discussed Whore’s Pride from the Austrian master director Michael Glawogger.

But the IDFF is all about plurality, bragging with a diverse program composed of representatives of almost every country in the world. In her inauguration speech Ally Derks – founder and director of IDFF – stressed the importance of both the political and trans-cultural dimension of the festival. “We are living in a time of both fear – and empowerment. Of action and apathy. We move from the cabaret of beautiful diversions to the cinema of wishful thinking. In this context, there is even a greater need for documentary in this time of change and for change in this time of documentary” she concluded.

The IDFF is held in theatres all over the city, including some of the most important venues, such as Pathe Tuschinksi, De Brakke Grond and Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam. Tickets (for around 10 Euro a piece) can be bought in online box offices. For more information and the program, visit http://www.idfa.nl.

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