Director Alex de Ronde’s Deaf Child has taken the audience prize at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
The 30th annual event held its awards ceremony on the evening of Nov.22, with the festival announcing the VPRO IDFA Audience Award on Sunday (Nov. 27).
An intimate portrait, the 72-minute film (pictured) sees the filmmaker looking back on the life and struggles of his young adult son, Tobias, who was born deaf. Through childhood photos, home movies and in-depth conversation, the doc examines whether de Ronde helped or hindered his son through the choices he made as a parent.
In winning the VPRO IDFA Audience Award, de Ronde receives a US$6,000 (€ 5,000) cash prize.
The winner of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award is decided by the audiences voting at the end of each screening, using ballot cards to express their opinion of the film.
The 30th edition of IDFA took place Nov. 15 – 26, 2017.