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The winners of IDFA's 35th edition: Apolonia and Manifesto win Best Film

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The winners of IDFA's 35th edition competition programs were announced at the Awards Ceremony taking place at ITA (Internationaal Theater Amsterdam) and were live-streamed here.  
 
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 
 
Apolonia, Apolonia by Lea Glob is the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film. The award is accompanied by a €15,000 cash prize. 
 
"This film has characters who breathe life and take us on a journey, opening us up to the worlds of culture and art, of business and politics, of the mechanics of a success story. It is infused with love. The Award for Best Film goes to Lea Glob for her film Apolonia, Apolonia, " the jury reported.  
 

The IDFA Award for Best Directing (worth €5,000) in the International Competition went to Simon Chambers for Much Ado About Dying (Ireland, United Kingdom). 
 
The IDFA Award for Best Editing (worth €2,500) in the International Competition went to Mario Steenbergen for Journey Through Our World (The Netherlands) and the IDFA Award for Best Cinematography (worth €2,500) in the International Competition went to Paul Guilhaume for Paradise (France, Switzerland).   
 
The jury members of the International Competition were Pirjo Honkasalo, Vanja Kaludjercic, Yousry Nasrallah, Mary Stephen and Yoshihiko Yatabe.  
Read the jury statements here.  
 
ENVISION COMPETITION 

Angie Vinchito won the IDFA Award for Best Film in the Envision Competition for Manifesto (Russia). The award is accompanied by a €15,000 cash prize. 
 
This film is an outcome of the digital era, of an entire generation of children whose reliable outlet for their intimacies, fears, and desires is social media. The filmmaker blew us away with his ability to structure and edit the found footage of these individual voices into a powerful collective choir. Dark at moments, the film is a humorous yet heart-wrenching portrait of a lost generation under a dictatorial regime. Surrounded by violence and hopelessness, from the home and the school to the intimidating political system, they show persistent rebellion and dignity. For its dramaturgical rigor, masterful editing, and political commitment, the Award for Best Film goes to Manifesto by Angie Vinchito," the jury reported.  

The Award for Best Directing (worth €5,000) in the Envision Competition went to Roberta Torre for The Fabulous Ones (Italy), and the Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (worth €2,500) went to Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez for My Lost Country (Costa Rica, Iraq, Chile, Egypt). 
 
The jury for the Envision Competition decided to award a special mention to Notes for a Film (Chile, France) by Ignacio Agüero
 
The jury members for the Envision Competition were Rosa Boch, Thania Dimitrakopoulou, Pawel Lozinski and Jumana Manna
Read the jury statements here.

IDFA DOCLAB COMPETITION FOR IMMERSIVE NON-FICTION  
 
Darren Emerson won the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction for In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats (United Kingdom). The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 
 
"This year, the jury chose a project that was an arrival for the immersive creative community. This project is a clear manifestation of this unique medium that uses VR, touch, sound, and lived experience to honor the human need for community and a collective desire to be free, together.  Through documentary, we remember those who are policed, are reckless, are alive, are unlimited and demand to be free, even if for a night. This jury, blindfolded in light, walked through a corridor to experience this story and found ourselves transported, arms raised, with euphoric beats in our chest, and delighted to announce this winnerof the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction is In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats by Darren Emerson," reported the jury.  
 
The Special Jury Award for Creative Technology (worth €2,500) went to Miri Chekhanovich and Edith Jorisch for Plastisapiens (Canada, Israel)  
 
The jury members for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction were Marcel van Brakel, Katayoun Dibamehr and Amelia Winger-Bearskin. 
Read the jury statements here.  
 
IDFA DOCLAB COMPETITION FOR DIGITAL STORYTELLING   
Taylor McCue won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling with He Fucked the Girl Out of Me (United States). The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 
 
"He Fucked the Girl Out of Me by Taylor McCue is a personal account of a horrific experience, as it is supposed to be. The writing of the story is phenomenal, emotional, and intimate. The experience is a unique approach to conveying a complicated personal history in the artist's own terms. They wanted to tell their story on their terms, and you feel this in the pacing and in the gravity of the storytelling. The use of a retro computer game as the medium for the story was well chosen, so lo-fi and yet so dense. The gameplay itself is an often effective symbol for the powerlessness of the protagonist, as we’re given the suggestion of choice, but ultimately, there is none. It is an experience we will not soon forget; at times, we wanted to escape the game and the painful story, but we just couldn’t. The jury kept on talking about it, and therefore we are convinced this is the winner of the 2022 IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling," reported the jury.   

The Special Jury Award for Creative Technology went to His Name Is My Name (The Netherlands) by Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill. 
 
The jury members for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling were Loren Hammonds, Jepchumba and Leonieke Verhoog.  
Read the jury statements here
  
IDFA COMPETITION FOR SHORT DOCUMENTARY 
 
Away (Hungary, Belgium, Portugal) by Ruslan Fedotow won the IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 
 
"A film made from urgency: an urgency to accompany, to make visible, to get closer, and to take care of each other. A brave film in which we feel the filmmaker's audacious gaze and tenderness with which he sits with his characters. A film about people who are displaced from their lands, where the pain is transformed into tenderness and art is transformed into resistance. We feel the effects of war out of the frame, through memories, gestures and expressions; the power of listening and care. For his mastery in playing with the cinematographic language, the tenderness of his approach to the young characters creating a deeply personal and political film, the Award for Best Documentary Short Film goes to Away, by Ruslan Fedotow," said the jury. 
 
A special mention in the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary went to The Porters (Belgium) by Sarah Vanagt. 
 
The jury members for the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary were Manuel Abramovich, Núria Aidelman and Stefan Pavlović. 
Read the jury statements here. 
 
IDFA COMPETITION FOR YOUTH DOCUMENTARY  
 
The IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (14+) went to Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos for Home Is Somewhere Else (Mexico, United States). The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 
 
The IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (9-13) went to Matthias Joulaud and Lucien Roux for Ramboy (Mexico, United States). The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 
 
A special mention in the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary went to Jasmin's Two Homes (Finland) by Inka Achté and Hanna Karppinen.  
 
The jury members for the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary were Ulla Haestrup, Eef Hilgers, and Edwin Mingard.  
Read the jury statements here.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS 
 
The international juries also awarded three additional films across the program. The Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award was also handed out.  
 
The IDFA Award for Best First Feature went to The Etilaat Roz (Afghanistan) by Abbas Rezaie. The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 

The jury also awarded a special mention to Guapo'y (Paraguay, Argentine) by Sofia Paoli Thorne. 
 
The jury members were Mahdi Fleifel, Daniella Shreir, and Jacqueline Zünd. Read the jury statements here.  
 
The IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film went to Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster for Journey Through Our World (Netherlands). The award is accompanied by a €7,500 cash prize. 
 
A special mention was awarded to Inside My Heart (Netherlands) by Saskia Boddeke
 
The jury members were Susanna Helke, Maori Karmael Holmes and Jacopo Quadri. Read the jury statements here
 
The  Beeld & Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award went to Janaína Nagata for Private Footage (Brazil). The award is accompanied by a €5,000 cash prize. 
 
A special mention was awarded to Mark Cousins for The March on Rome (Italy). 
 
The jury members were María Álvarez, Niklas Engstrøm, and Dina Iordanova. Read the jury statements here.  

IDFA FORUM AWARDS 
 
On Tuesday, the IDFA Forum Awards were announced at Felix Meritis. Kani Lapuerta's project Niñxs won the IDFA Forum Award for Best Pitch, Alison O'Daniel's The Tuba Thieves picked up the IDFA Forum Award for Best Rough Cut, while the DocLab Forum Award went to We Speak Their Names in Hushed Tones by Omoregie Osakpolor. Each award includes a cash prize of €1,500. Read more about the IDFA Forum Awards here.  
 
IDFA in numbers
The total number of visits by audiences and students this edition is expected to reach 147,000 visitors, amounting to 25% more than in 2021. There were approximately 45,000 visits to industry events and programs during the festival. Throughout the year, IDFA received 40,000 visits through screenings for audiences, professionals, and students (Docschool). The total number of visits is expected to reach 230,000.  

The International Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) continues until Sunday, November 20.  
 
IDFA COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS 
- IDFA Award for Best Film - International Competition: Apolonia, Apolonia, dir. Lea Glob 
-IDFA Award for Best Directing - International Competition: Much Ado About Dying, dir. Simon Chambers 
-IDFA Award for Best Editing - International Competition: Journey Through Our World, editor Mario Steenbergen 
-IDFA Award for Best Cinematography - International Competition: Paradise, cinematographer Paul Guilhaume 
-IDFA Award for Best Film - Envision Competition: Manifesto, dir. Angie Vinchito 
-IDFA Award for Best Directing - Envision Competition: The Fabulous Ones, dir. Roberta Torre 
-IDFA Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution - Envision Competition: My Lost Country, dir. Ishtar Yasin Gutiérrez 
-Special Mention - Envision Competition: Notes for a Film, dir. Ignacio Agüero 
- IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction: In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats, dir. Darren Emerson 
-Special Jury Award for Creative Technology: Plastisapiens, dir. Miri Cherkhanovich and Edith Jorisch 
-IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling: He Fucked the Girl Out of Me, dir. Taylor McCue 
-Special Jury Award for Creative Technology: His Name Is my Name, dir. Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill.  
-IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary: Away, dir. Ruslan Fedotow 
-Special Mention - Short Documentary: The Porters, dir. Sarah Vanagt 
-IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (14+): Home Is Somewhere Else, dir. Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos
-IDFA Award for Best Youth Film (9-13): Ramboy, dir. Matthias Joulaud 
- Special Mention - Youth Film: Jasmin's Two Homes, dir. Inka Achté and Hanna Karppinen 
-IDFA Award for Best First Feature: The Etilaat Roz, dir. Abbas Rezaie 
- Special Mention - First Feature: Guapo'y, dir. Sofia Paoli Thorne 
-IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film: Journey Through Our World, dir. Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster 
-Special Mention - Best Dutch Film: Inside My Heart, dir. Saskia Boddeke 
- Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award: Private Footage, dir. Janaína Nagata 
-Special Mention - Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award: The March on Rome, dir. Mark Cousins 
-IDFA Forum Award for Best Pitch: Niñxs, dir. Kani Lapuerta 
-IDFA Forum Award for Best Rough Cut: The Tuba Thieves, dir. Alison O'Daniel  
-IDFA DocLab Forum Award: We Speak Their Names in Hushed Tones, dir. Omoregie Osakpolor  

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