Dutch bursary the Jan Vrijman Fund is to be renamed the IDFA Fund in a bid to raise the profile of the award outside of the Netherlands.
The fund, set up in 1998, was named for journalist and filmmaker Jan Vrijman, who died in 1997 and was one of the inspirational forces behind the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
According to festival organizers and the Jan Vrijman Fund management board, the fund will continue its activities with immediate effect under the new name.
“Vrijman fervently believed that independent filmmakers in developing countries need as much support as possible owing to the prevalence of censorship in these countries,” the parties said in a statement.
“In spite of the change of name on practical grounds, the spirit, ideas and ideals of Jan Vrijman will live on in the IDFA Fund.”