IDFA 2011: The competition nominees

The Ambassador, Bad Weather and Planet of Snail are nominated in the best feature-length documentary category, as the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam prepares for its closing ceremonies.
November 24, 2011

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced the nominees for its various competition programs.

Denmark doc The Ambassador, from filmmaker Mads Brügger; Bad Weather by Giovanni Giommi; and Planet of Snail by South Korea’s Seung-Jun Yi, were all named nominees for the feature-length doc award. The winning film’s director will receive the VPRO IDFA award, which comes with a prize of €12,500.

In the mid-length documentary competition, for docs with running times up to 60 minutes, the nominees are Going Up the Stairs by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami; Habana Muda by Eric Brach and Montenegro by Jorge Gaggero. The NTR IDFA award winner receives a prize of €10,000.

With a jury including Crude director Joe Berlinger, Michael Madsen and Shooting People co-founder Cath Le Couteur, the Green Screen documentary award will recognize, for the second year running, docs on humanity and its enviroment. The nominees are Bitter Seeds by Micha X. Peled; Raising Resistance from Betina Borgfeld and David Bernet; and Semper Fi: Always Faithful by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon.

Nominees for the First Appearance award, reserved for debut or second efforts, are Ballroom Dancer by Andreas Koefoed and Christian Bonke; I Was Born in Delhi… by Bishnu Dev Halder; and The Vanishing Spring Light by Xun Yu. This award is worth €5,000.

Homegrown docs are recognized in the Dutch documentary competition, with a prize of €5,000. The nominees are 900 Days by Jessica Gorter; Jerome Jerome by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster; and Stories from Lakka Beach by Daan Veldhuizen.

Another competition returning for its second year is the IDFA DocLab award for digital storytelling, awarding a project in the DocLab program. by Philippe Archontakis and Pascal Brouard; Beyond 9/11 by Kira Pollack; and Insitu by Antoine Viviani are each up for a prize of €2,500 and a sculpture.

The doc fest also recognizes burgeoning talent with a student documentary award. The international student films nominated are Karen Winther’s The Betrayal; If It Weren’t for You by Anne-Marieke Graafmans and Tilman in Paradise by Julian Vogel. The student competition winner takes home €2,500.

The DOC U award is decided upon by a  jury comprised of 15 to 18-year-olds. They have nominated Koran by Heart by Greg Barker, The Last Days of Winter by Mehrdad Oskouei and To Be Heard by Edwin Martinez, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Deborah Shaffer and Amy Sultan. The DOC U jury prize is €1,500.

The competition winners will be announced on November 25 at the festival’s closing ceremony, along with the audience award winner.  Earlier this week, the IDFA Play Award was presented to Last Days Here.

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