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Attending IDFA 2021 online

With films, talks, and tons of other IDFA festivities available online, there’s lots to do for accredited guests around the world. Here’s some guidance about what content from the Industry program and the Film Selection we want you to watch as an IDFAcademy participant.

For all the information about attending IDFA 2021 online as an industry professional check the website here.

Films

Talks

Between November 18 and 28, much of the IDFA 2021 selection is available online for guests. Films will be only available in the Press & Industry Library after their premiere in Amsterdam. You can access the P&I Library through the IDFA website quick navigation menu on the left side of the homepage, or simply scroll through the Program A-Z list and select a title.

Alongside the Press & Industry Library, we also offer a Talks Library where you can find recorded Industry Talks & Filmmaker Talks. New talks will be added regularly here, and everything will be available to view until November 28. You can find the Talks Library on our Industry Program page, or via the quick navigation on the left side of the IDFA.nl homepage.

Films selected for IDFA 2021

Louis Hothothot - Netherlands - 2021 - 112 min - World Premiere - Envision Competition

Amsterdam-based filmmaker Louis Hothothot was born in China, a second child in the era of the one-child policy. His birth had devastating consequences for his parents, and when he visits them he discovers other distressing events in the family as well. Nominated for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature and the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film This film is available here in the Press & Industry Library.

Watch this film in preparation for the IDFAcademy Opening Talk on Monday November 22 at 15:00 (CET)

Aliona van der Horst - Netherlands - 2021 - 93 min - World Premiere - International Competition

The powerful story of a Soviet soldier who was a prisoner of war during the Second World War and afterwards sent to a gulag. His daughter never got to hear the whole story. Archive footage and personal sources evoke the past in subtle but potent ways. This film will be available here in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on November 20.

Venice Atienza - Philippines, Taiwan - 2021 - 72 min - Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

Reyboy’s world in the Philippine fishing village Karihatag is one of water, rocks, and sky. This film is an attempt to capture the beauty of his childhood. Just one more summer, and then he leaves for the city, and high school. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on November 18.

Ketevan Kapanadze - Georgia - 2021 - 74 min - World Premiere - International Competition

A gentle and intimate portrait of a small community of young queer people in a Georgian city, formed around the local women’s football team. Here in this self-made family, shielded from outside threats, they can share love and friendship. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on November 20.

Filmmaker & Industry Talks

Industry Talk: Innovations in (online) distribution – revisited

One year on, online distribution models brought about by COVID-19 contend with the return of cinemas, festivals, and on-site markets. This panel explores past tendencies, present audience trends, and how the future can integrate these multi-platform opportunities.

Speakers: Anke van Diejen (Picl, NL), Eve Gabereau (Modern Films, UK) and Elissa Federoff (NEON, USA). Moderator: Wendy Bernfeld (Rights Stuff, NL)

Go here to read more about the talk.

Available after November 22

Industry Talk: My film, my vision! Maintaining the editorial voice within international collaborations

IDFA guest filmmakers discuss the fruitful exchanges and unavoidable challenges of working with international collaborators while ensuring their artistic independence and unique editorial voice.

Speakers: Aïcha Macky (dir. Zinder, NE), Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas (dir/prod Writing with Fire, IN). Moderator: Tereza Simikova (CPH:DOX, DK)

Go here to read more about the talk.

Available after November 23

IDFAcademy Talk: Niels Pagh Andersen

On the occasion of the launch of Niels Pagh Andersen’s new book Order in Chaos, IDFA Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia will engage in a conversation with the renowned editor.

Go here to read more about the talk.

Now you can watch the talk in the Talks Library!

IDFAcademy Talk: Aliona van de Horst and Salomé Jashi – The visual language of storytelling

Acclaimed directors Aliona van de Horst and Salomé Jashi talk about the way in which cinematography and the use of images determine the narrative.

Only for IDFAcademy Participants! Now you can watch the talk here!

Extra content: DocLab online exhibition

In addition to the physical exhibition and performances in Amsterdam, DocLab presents a free online exhibition with multitude of interactive documentary projects, games and virtual reality projects available on demand. In addition, there are live online performances and events, such as the special immersive theatre performance TM by Ontroerend Goed, a Messy Metaverse Party and a new edition of DocLab’s online social space do {not} play. Running from November 19 to 28, most projects are available for free, but for TM a ticket is required.

Check DocLab online