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“For Sama” takes Audience Award at IDFA ’19

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’s For Sama has won the audience award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The 95-minute, ITN Productions-made feature (pictured) chronicles the female experience of war by ...
December 2, 2019

Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’s For Sama has won the audience award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

The 95-minute, ITN Productions-made feature (pictured) chronicles the female experience of war by documenting the five-year journey of co-director al-Kateab as she navigates through love, marriage and motherhood during the revolution in Aleppo, Syria.

Along with the VPRO IDFA Audience Award win, For Sama took home a cash prize of €5,000 (US$5,508).

The winner of the Audience Award is determined by festival visitors who rank their appreciation for the film following each screening. In total, 27,812 individuals voted for the 166 films in contention for the top audience prize.

Following closely behind For Sama in second place was Feras Fayyad’s The Cave (9,573 votes). Ranking third through tenth were Alexander Nanau’s Collective (9,417), Sandra Beerends’ They Call Me Babu (9,314),  Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska’s Honeyland (9,307), Hassan Fazili’s Midnight Traveler (9,292), Molly Stuart’s Objector(9,278), Réka Szabó′s The Euphoria of Being (9,196), Claudia Sparrow’s Máxima (9,134) and Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang’s Our Time Machine (9,091).

The 2019 edition of the Dutch festival runs through until Dec. 1.

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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