«It’s very easy for people who have the luxury of having cinema to take it for granted»

IDFA: Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia speaks with Modern Times Review about the festival's 33rd edition.

Steve Rickinson
Steve Rickinson
Communications Manager at Modern Times Review.
Published date: November 16, 2020

The 33rd International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is set to take place from 18 November to 6 December in a hybrid form pending Dutch government health and safety regulations.

With cinemas currently closed throughput the Netherlands, and set to reopen on 19 November, the 2020 IDFA has prepared a massive undertaking of scenarios throughout this volatile year in order to ensure consistency in its quality and social impact. Over 200 films will be screened, as well as industry events, filmmaker discussions, panels, and more. Select Amsterdam cinemas are still set to host limited capacity physical screenings with the bulk of IDFA activities taking place online via the native festival portal.

With tickets on sale 12 November (09:00), and the festival imminent, Modern Times Review spoke with Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia in a far-reaching conversation on the challenges, opportunities, trends, and concerns of IDFA in the year of COVID-19.

From your perspective, what has been the most challenging aspect of putting together IDFA this year?
I think it’s equal to most other festivals this year. It is the uncertainty factor. That it’s not only us who do not know what will happen, but it’s also …

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