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IDFA announces documentary winners 2013

IDFA announces award nomineesThe winners in the various competition sections have been announced at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. Find out here which films and filmmakers took home the gong.

On Friday 29 November IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) announced the winners for its 26th edition at the Compagnie theatre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The festival is considered one of the most important in the world of documentary film.

At the awards ceremony the jury of the IDFA Competition for First Appearance also presented an extra award in memory of documentarian Peter Wintonick, who died last month of cancer at the age of 60.

Figures released by the festival show that if the trend continues during the festival’s last weekend, the number of visits will have increased from 208,000 in 2012 to 222,000 this year.

The number of guests from the Netherlands and the rest of the world increased slightly compared with 2012 (2,583): 2,617 documentary professionals from the Netherlands and further afield attended the festival during the past week. Since January 2013, IDFA’s own website has attracted some 1,100,000 visitors from 221 different countries.

Below the list of winners as announced by the festival:

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary (€12,500)

  • WINNER: Song from the Forest by Michael Obert (Germany)
  • Ai Weiwei The Fake Case by Andreas Johnson (Denmark)
  • Ne Me Quitte Pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden (the Netherlands / Belgium)


IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary (€10,000)

  • WINNER: Pussy Versus Putin by Gogol’s Wives Productions, Anonymous Anonymous (Russia)
  • Kismet by Nina Maria Paschalidou (Greece / Cyprus)
  • Soul Food Stories by Tonislav Hristov (Bulgaria / Finland)


IDFA Competition for First Appearance (€5,000)

  • WINNER: My Name Is Salt by Farida Pacha (Switzerland / India)
  • Ariel by Laura Bari (Canada)
  • Judgment in Hungary by Eszter Hajdú (Hungary / Germany)


Peter Wintonick Special Jury Award for First Appearance (€2,500)

  • WINNER: Forest of the Dancing Spirits by Linda Västrik


IDFA Competition for Student Documentary (2,500)

  • WINNER: Final Destination (Lithuania) by Ricardas Marcinkus
  • Our Curse (Poland) by Tomasz Sliwinski
  • Two at the Border (Germany) by Tuna Kaptan and Felicitas Sonvilla


IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary (€5,000)

  • WINNER: Awake in a Bad Dream by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster
  • Ana Ana by Petr Lom and Corinne van Egeraat
  • Ne Me Quitte Pas by Sabine Lubbe Bakker and Niels van Koevorden


IDFA DOC U Award (€1,500)

  • WINNER: #chicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator by Joe Piscatella (USA / Syria)
  • 69: Love Sex Senior by Menna Laura Meijer (the Netherlands)
  • Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War by Jesse Acevedo (Cuba / USA)


IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling (€2,500)

  • WINNER: I Love Your Work (USA) by Jonathan Harris
  • Hollow (USA) by Elaine McMillion
  • Just a Reflektor (USA / Canada / UK) by Vincent Morisset and Aaron Koblin


IDFA Audience Award (€5,000)

  • WINNER: Twin Sisters by Mona Friis Bertheussen (Norway)


IDFA Melkweg Music Documentary Audience Award (€ 2,500)

  • WINNER: Twenty Feet from Stardom (USA)

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Alexandra Zeevalkink is a Dutch-born journalist living in London who founded DocGeeks in August 2011 in order to have a legitimate excuse to watch every documentary under the sun. She freelances for various publications and writes mainly about documentaries and the film production industry. When she is not blogging or watching films, she enjoys theater, photography and reading loads of books. She is always on the look out for potential partnerships with other creative minds.

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