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Jerzy Sladkowski’s ‘Don Juan’ Takes Top Prize at IDFA

Polish director Jerzy Sladkowski won the VPRO IDFA Award for best feature-length documentary (€12,500) for his film “Don Juan.” Described by the festival programmers as raising questions “about the distinction between introversion and autism,” the Swedish-Finnish co-production offers a seriocomic portrait of a 22-year-old student and his mother’s attempts, via therapy and psychiatry, to cure him of his slacker tendencies. 280 more words


Submarine, NonStop Entertainment Team for NonStop Submarine

Submarine Entertainment and distribution company NonStop Entertainment have joined forces to launch NonStop Submarine, a Scandi-based documentary label.

NonStop Submarine will distribute between 10 and 15 titles a year theatrically and across all digital, DVD, TV and streaming platforms in Scandinavia and the Baltics, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Holland, Luxembourg, Netherlands. 246 more words


IDFA: How DOK.Incubator Helps Documentary Filmmakers Raise Their Game

In the space of just four years, Prague-based rough-cut workshop DOK.Incubator has become a vital presence in the world of documentary filmmaking. Taking just eight projects a year, the company offers a half-year advisory service that aims to give support at a time when creative teams need it the most. 661 more words


IDFA: DocLab’s Caspar Sonnen on VR, Interactive Media and the 'Elephant in the Room’

The DocLab Expo at IDFA this year offers a whole array of experiences. In Marcel Brakel and Frederik Duerinck’s “Famous Deaths” you are put into an isolation box where you are invited to hear and smell the final moments of late world leaders; Dries Depoorter’s “Sheriff Software” allows you to watch U.S. 630 more words


IDFA: ‘Democracy’ Director Talks About Demystifying the European Union and Filming the Impossible

“Let’s say I always have subjects that are very difficult to realize in film,” says David Bernet. “That’s my personal challenge. I like subjects that are impossible to make a film out of.” … 496 more words


IDFA: ‘Snow Monkey’ Director George Gittoes Talks About Life After the ‘Superdoc’

Australian-born artist, war photographer, filmmaker and humanitarian George Gittoes arrived in Amsterdam hard on the heels of winning the Sydney Peace Prize for making a “significant contribution to peace with justice, respect for human rights and the language and practice of non-violence.” A veteran of warzones as far afield as Rwanda, Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq, Gittoes first turned his attention to Afghanistan in 2011, establishing the Yellow House Jalalabad as a cultural center to promote art, filmmaking, music, dance and performance. 659 more words


Film Review: 'A Syrian Love Story'

When Amer Daoud and Raghda Hassan fell in love, they were both serving time in prison. He was a Palestinian freedom fighter and she a Syrian revolutionary. 769 more words