Scottish talent aplenty at this year's IDFA

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) kicks off today, running until Sunday 25 November.

IDFA offers and independent and inspiring meeting place for audiences and professionals to see a diverse and high-quality programme. The diverse nature of the event applies to the form and content of the films as well as to the cultural backgrounds of the filmmakers.

With Screen Scotland support, ten producers and directors were awarded a bursary to attend this year’s IDFA through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Delegations programme. The delegates attending include:

Scottish Producer, Beth Allen will also be taking part in the IDFA Talent Lab. Representatives from the SDI will be attending, Noe Mendelle, Sonja Henrici, Emma Davie, Rebecca Day, Rachel Stollery and Claudia Vickers, as two of the SDI’s latest films, Freedom Fields and Becoming Animal will be screened at IDFA 2018.

Our own Screen Officers, Leslie Finlay and Mark Thomas will also be attending IDFA, with Aquarela screening from 17 - 25 November. Scottish-based filmmaker, Mark Cousins' film, The Eyes of Orson Welles, will also be showcased.

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More about IDFA

IDFA offers an alternative to mass entertainment and uniformity, confirming that there is an increasing need in audiences for high-quality films that delve deep and urge us to reflect. Since 2007, the festival's New Media program, IDFA DocLab showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art.

In addition to the festival, IDFA has developed several professional activities, contributing to the development of filmmakers and their films at all stages. At co-financing and co-production market IDFA Forum filmmakers and producers pitch their plans to financiers; at Docs for Sale new documentaries are on offer to programmers and distributors; the IDFA Bertha Fund supports filmmakers and documentary projects in developing countries; and the IDFAcademy offers an international training programs for up-and-coming doc talents.

For more information, visit the IDFA website: https://www.idfa.nl/en/.