The 31st International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has recognized Anand Patwardhan’s Reason, as well as Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s Los Reyes with top honors during its awards ceremony on Wednesday night (Nov. 21).
Patwardhan’s Reason (pictured) was feted with this year’s IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. The eight-part, 261-minute film details the rise of the far-right extremism and violence in contemporary Indian society, where secular rationalists are hunted down as they attempt to stem the rising tide of religious and nationalist fundamentalism.
The jury, meanwhile, presented Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff’s Los Reyes with the IDFA Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary.
The 88-minute film centers almost entirely on the subtle interaction between two street dogs, Chola and Football, that live in the Los Reyes skatepark in current-day Chile.
The IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary comes with a €15,000 (US$17,000) prize, while the IDFA Audience Award comes with a €2,500 prize.
Elsewhere, Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva took home the IDFA Competition for First Appearance (€10,000) for his 81-minute film Giacinto Scelsi. The First Motion of the Immovable, while Aboozar Amini’s Kabul, City in the Wind took home the IDFA Special Jury Award for First Appearance (€2,500).
The award for best mid-length documentary (€10,000) went to Andrei Kutsila for Summa, while Pawel Ziemilski took the Special Jury Award for that category (€2,500), for In Touch.
The prize for best Dutch documentary was presented to Mint Film Office for Now Something Is Slowly Changing, while the Special Jury Award in that category went to by Carin Goeijers’s But Now Is Perfect.
The IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling went to Ross Goodwin for 1 the Road, while Klasien van de Zandschulp and Emilie Baltz took the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award for Eat | Tech | Kitchen. Both awards came with a €5,000 cash prize.
Beryl Magoko’s In Search… took the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, while the Special Jury prize in the category went to Dana Gelman for Backwards.
Mahdi Fleifel’s I Signed the Petition received the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary award. The Special Jury Award for best short was handed out to Payal Kapadia’s And What Is the Summer Saying.
Dancing for You from Katarzyna Lesisz received the IDFA Award for Best Children’s Documentary and Martijn Blekendaal was awarded the IDFA Special Jury prize in the section for The Man Who Looked Beyond the Horizon.
Finally, filmmaker Sophie Dros was presented with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend, with a €50,000 prize towards the making of a new documentary.
The winner of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award will be announced on Nov. 23. The 2018 edition of IDFA runs until Nov. 25.