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IDFA closes with awards

Although Hip Hop-eration didn’t take any of the festival gongs it played well in the vox pop count, placing fifth. The festival played 298 titles across its various in and out of competition programme strands.

Hip Hop-eration at IDFA

Director Bryn Evans, producer Paula Jones and EP Alex Lee in Amsterdam

European titles took the major gongs, with Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Franco-Swiss Of Men and War taking away the festival’s major gong, the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Hanna Polak’s Danish-Polish co-production Something Better to Come, 14 years in the making, won the Special Jury Award. Both titles had been pitched previously at the IDFA Forum (project market).

Local filmmaker Gülsah Dogan’s Naziha’s Spring took the Audience Award.

Podcast Serial (coincidentally the subject of this NZ Herald article last week) won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling.

Serial was one of two US projects, and one of only three non-European titles, awarded by the festival. The full winners list is here.

Rounding up its numbers, IDFA noted increased attendances in 2014, passing the 2013 total with three days of festival screenings still to run and on track to hit 250,000 visits. The festival and related events drew 2,986 industry professionals including the small NZ contingent most of whom were there to support Hip Hop-eration.

IDFA 2014 closed 30 November. The next edition will run 18 – 29 November 2015.

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