IDFA Competition Films-2020
The Hidden Shadow, a film by Francisco Álvarez Ríos

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced 90 films and performances across competition and non-competition programmes. The Dutch, short, student, and young audience competitions, as well as Luminous, Frontlight, and IDFA on Stage create an expansive selection that introduces the filmmakers and artists of the future and celebrates those who define our present moment.

IDFA 2020 will take place 16 November – 6 December in hybrid form. Find more information on the below programs – HERE

Competition for Dutch Documentary

  • 100UP (dir. Heddy Honigmann)
  • Bruce (dir. Daniel Krikke)
  • Dealing With Death (dir. Paul Sin Nam Rigter)
  • Here We Move Here We Groove (dir. Sergej Kreso)
  • In His Image (dir. Tami Ravid)
  • Sheltered (dir. Saskia Gubbels)
  • Silence of the Tides (dir. Pieter-Rim de Kroon)
  • White Cube (dir. Renzo Martens)

Competition for Short Documentary

  • The Big-Headed Boy, Shamans & Samurais (dir. Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung) – Nepal, France
  • The Bodies (dir. Eloy Domínguez Serén) – Spain
  • Burnt. Land of Fire (dir. Ben Donateo) – Switzerland, Italy
  • Hotel Astoria (dir. Alina Cyranek, Falk Schuster) – Germany
  • A Little Bit of Paradise (dir. Andrzej Cichocki) – Poland
  • Lost on Arrival (dir. Esther Polak, Ivar van Bekkum) – Netherlands
  • Made for Walking (dir. Hélène Baillot , Raphael Botiveau) – France
  • Nenad (dir. Mladen Bundalo) – Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • One Day (dir. Jin Jiang) – China
  • Same/Different/Both/Neither (dir. Fernanda Pessoa, Adriana Barbosa) – Brazil, United States
  • To Calm the Pig Inside (dir. Joanna V Arong) – Philippines
  • Unforgivable (dir. Marlén Viñayo) – El Salvador

Competition for Student Documentary

  • Boyi-biyo (dir. Anne Bertille Vopiande Ndeysseit) – Central African Republic, France
  • Dusk (dir. Bálint Bíró) – Hungary, Belgium, Portugal
  • Hello Grandma (dir. Kamila Chojnacka) – Poland
  • I Don’t Feel at Home Anywhere Anymore (dir. Viv Li) – Belgium, China
  • The Perfect Picture (dir. Hala El Kouch) – Lebanon
  • Silence (dir. Saara Hakkarainen) – Finland
  • The Snow Calls (dir. Marjan Khosravi) – Iran
  • Storgetnya (dir. Hovig Hagopian) – France
  • Tábor (dir. Stanislav Danylyshyn) – Germany, United States
  • Ugoku Tokai — Moving City (dir. Lars Ostmann) – Germany
  • The Way We Wait (dir. Ji-Yoon Park) – United Kingdom, South Korea

Competition for Kids & Docs

  • At Eleven (dir. Carolina Admirable García) – Mexico
  • Cabinets of Wonder (dir. Susanne Kim) – Germany
  • Cut the Chit Chat (dir. Léa Forest) – France
  • An Intermission (dir. Edwin Mingard) – United Kingdom
  • Jano & Shiro, a Brother’s Journey (dir. Els van Driel, Eefje Blankevoort) – Netherlands
  • My Family Is a Circus (dir. Nina Landau) – Belgium
  • Our Road (dir. Pierfrancesco Li Donni) – Italy
  • Radio Felix (dir. Lauranne Van den Heede) – Belgium
  • Seahorse (dir. Nele Dehnenkamp) – Germany
  • Shadegan (dir. Ako Salemi) – Iran
  • Skies Above Hebron (dir. Esther Hertog, Paul King) – Netherlands
  • TicToc (dir. Mark Waters) – United Kingdom
  • Trio (dir. Benjamin Bucher, Agnese Làposi) – Switzerland, France

Luminous

  • 499 (dir. Rodrigo Reyes) – Mexico, United States
  • The Ark (dir. Dan Wei) – China
  • Atardi — The Life of Curaçao’s Musical Genius Rudy Plaate (dir. Selwyn de Wind) – Curaçao
  • Between Fire and Water (dir. Viviana Gómez Echeverry) – Colombia
  • Bosco (dir. Alicia Cano Menoni) – Uruguay, Italy
  • The Case You (dir. Alison Kuhn) – Germany
  • Dormant (dir. Natalia Labaké) – Argentina
  • Facunda (dir. Marta Romero) – Spain
  • Far from You I Grew (dir. Marie Dumora) – France
  • The Hidden Shadow (dir. Francisco Álvarez Ríos) – Ecuador
  • Let My Body Speak (dir. Madonna Adib) – United Kingdom
  • Love, It Was Not (dir. Maya Sarfaty) – Israel, Austria
  • New Gods (dir. Loïc Hobi) – Switzerland, France
  • The Night Flowers (dir. Omar Robles, Eduardo Esquivel) – Mexico
  • O arrais do mar (dir. Elisa Celda) – Spain
  • Option Zerto (dir. Marcel Beltrán) – Cuba, Colombia
  • Rumba Rules, New Genealogies (dir. Sammy Baloji , David Nadeau-Bernatchez) – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Canada, Belgium
  • Red Card (dir. Mohamed Said Ouma) – France, Reunion, Comoros, South Africa
  • Socks on Fire (dir. Bo McGuire) – United States
  • Soldier’s Woman (dir. Patricia Wiesse Risso) – Peru

Frontlight

  • Arica (dir. Lars Edman, William Johansson Kalén) – Sweden, Chile, Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom
  • Brazil Is Thee Haiti Is (T)here (dir. Carlos Adriano) – Brazil
  • Dear Elnaz (dir. Mania Akbari) – Canada, Iran, United Kingdom
  • In My Skin (dir. Toni Venturi) – Brazil
  • Landfall (dir. Cecilia Aldarondo) – United States
  • Lost Course (dir. Jill LI) – Hong Kong
  • The Magnitude of All Things (dir. Jennifer A. Abbott) – Canada
  • Mission: Hebron (dir. Rona Segal) – Israel
  • Ndagukunda déjà (dir. Sébastien Desrosiers, David Findlay) – Canada, Rwanda
  • The Okrestin Sisters (dir. Kolya Kuprich) – Belarus
  • The Rebellion of Memory (dir. Daniel Yépez Brito) – Ecuador
  • She Had a Dream (dir. Raja Amari) – France
  • Taking Back the Legislature (dir. Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers) – Hong Kong
  • A Thousand Cuts (dir. Ramona Diaz) – United States
  • We Are the Thousand (dir. Anita Rivaroli) – Italy
  • White Noise (dir. Daniel Lombroso) – United States
  • Wuhan Wuhan (dir. Yung Chang, Gong Cheng) – United States

IDFA on Stage

  • 7 Sounds (dir. Sam Green) – United States
  • The Channel (dir. Eliane Esther Bots) – Netherlands
  • Cooking Workshops to Prepare for the End of the World #6: Tea (dir. Sien Vanmaele) – Belgium
  • Farewell Tour (dir. Vincent Rietveld) – Netherlands, Belgium
  • Little Ethiopia: Chez nous (dir. Joe Bini, Maya Daisy Hawke) – United Kingdom, United States
  • Motto Live (dir. Vincent Morisset) – Canada
  • Where There’s Smoke (dir. Lance Weiler) – United States