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IDFA to follow the female gaze

Fall festival IDFA is prepping themed programs examining the role of women in documentary, and looking at the exchanges that take place between people and their rulers, for its 2015 edition.
August 26, 2014

Fall festival IDFA is prepping themed programs examining the role of women in documentary, and looking at the exchanges that take place between people and their rulers, for its 2015 edition.

The Amsterdam-based festival is also honoring Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann with a retrospective, and is having her program 10 of her favorite documentaries, for the festival’s annual Top 10 selection.

Honigmann’s latest film, Around the World in 50 Concerts, will also open the festival on November 19.

Elsewhere, IDFA will be presenting a program on hybrid documentaries, which promises to look at the boundaries between fiction films and documentary. Last year, the festival compared docs and fiction films on the same subjects – such as Osama Bin Laden hunt films Manhunt and Zero Dark Thirty.

The news comes as the Dutch event, which runs from November 19-30, this year faces a clash with another key stop on the fall circuit: the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers.

This year’s WCSFP runs from November 18-21, and takes place in Beijing, China.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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