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Nominations IDFA 2009 announced

Dutch docs The Player, Mum, Time Within Time, Farewell and The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island nominated!

Tonight, during the IDFA Talk Show in Escape, the nominations were announced of the different competition programmes. One of the nominees, Lixin Fans Last Train Home, was partly realised with financial support from the Jan Vrijman Fund. The fund was the first investor in the project, before other financiers came down.

Friday afternoon, the winners will be revealed during the closing ceremony of the 22nd IDFA in Path Tuschinski 1. On that occasion, the Nederland 2 IDFA Audience Award will also be presented.

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary
The nominees of the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary (films longer than 60 minutes) are: Enemies of the People (England/Cambodia) by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, Last Train Home (China/Canada) by Lixin Fan and The Player (Netherlands) by John Appel.

The jury consists of: Willeke van Ammelrooy (actress, Netherlands), Geoffrey Gilmore (Tribeca Film Festival, VS), Anders Stergaard (filmmaker, Denmark), Jean Marie Teno (filmmaker, France) and Jenny Westergrd (commissioning editor YLE, Finland).

The winner of this competition receives the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary ( 12,500). The jury also has the possibility to grant the Special Jury Award.

IDFA Competition for Mid-Length and Short Documentary
The following films have been nominated for the IDFA Competition for Best Mid-Length Documentary (films up to 60 minutes): The Accidental Terrorist (Denmark/ Bosnia-Herzegovina) by Miki Mistrati and Nagieb Khaja, Girls on the Air (Italy) by Valentina Monti and Iron Crows (South Korea) by Bong-Nam Park. The NPS IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary is a cash prize worth 10,000.

The nominations for the IDFA Competition for Best Short Documentary, for films up to 30 minutes, are: Alberts Winter (Denmark) by Andreas Koefoed, Mum (Netherlands) by Adelheid Roosen and Six Weeks (Poland) by Marcin Janos Krawczyk.

The IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary is a cash prize of 5,000.

The jury consists of: Lorenzo Hendel (commissioning editor RAI, Italy), Ibtisam Mara'ana (filmmaker, Israel), Zola Maseko (filmmaker, Mozambique), Jennifer Merin (film critic, US) and Mercedes Stalenhoef (filmmaker, Netherlands).

IDFA Competition for First Appearance
The jury of the IDFA Competition for Best First Appearance nominated Colony (Ireland/US) by Ross McDonnell and Carter Gunn, Garbo: The Spy (Spain) by Edmon Roch and Talhotblond (US) by Barbara Schroeder for the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance, the prize for the best first or second film. The IDFA Award for Best First Appearance amounts to 5.000.

The jury consists of:Cameron Bailey (Toronto Film Festival, Canada), Andrei Dascalescu (filmmaker, Rumania), Joan Legalamitlwa (founder of Lorato Arts and Culture Initiatives, South Africa), Brian Winston (professor Media Studies Lincoln University, England) and Herman de Wit (programmer Netherlands Film Festival, Netherlands).

IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

For the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary, the competition for international student films, the following films were nominated: Book of Miri (Denmark) by Katrine Philp, Redemption (Germany) by Sabrina Wulff and Time within Time (Netherlands) by Menno Otten.

The IDFA Award for Student Competition consists of a cash prize of 2,500.

The jury consists of: Matthijs Wouter Knol (Talent Campus Berlinale, Netherlands), Yulene Olaizola (filmmaker, Mexico) and Jonathan Stack (filmmaker, US).

IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
For the first time, all Dutch premires, both the documentaries included in the Premieres from the Lowlands section and in other competition programmes, compete for the IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary ( 5,000, made available by the Dioraphte Foundation). The nominees are: Farewell by Ditteke Mensink, The Player by John Appel and The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke Island by Suzanne Raes.

The jury consists of: Sean Farnel (Hot Docs, Canada), Sandra den Hamer (Netherlands Filmmuseum, Netherlands) and Leena Pasanen (commissioning editor YLE, Finland).

The DOC U! jury, consisting of youngsters between 15 and 18 years old, will grant the IDFA DOC U! Award ( 1,500). The nominations are: Crips Strapped 'n Strong (Netherlands) by Joost van der Valk and Mags Gavan, Soundtrack for a Revolution (US) by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman and The Yes Men Fix the World (US/France) by Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.

Source: IDFA, www.idfa.nl


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