The 25th annual International Documentary Festival Amsterdam wrapped Sunday, with organizers estimating a record 200,000 admissions and a net box office of Euros 1million after 12 days of action at the world’s largest docu fest, mart and confab.
On Friday Alan Berliner’s HBO-backed “First Cousin Once Removed,” a portrait of poet Edwin Honig in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, won IDFA’s top jury prize and Euros 12,500 for best feature.
Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man” continued its winning streak, taking home IDFA’s aud and best music docu awards and a combined Euros 7,500.
Despite recent news the Dutch government plans to end in 2017 a cultural media fund that devotes Euros 8 million annually to docus, the overall mood was feisty. IDFA dedicated its first annual Congress, held Thursday, to chatting up Dutch docu-making?nd the future already looks bright. Esther Hertog nabbed jury awards for best first feature and best Dutch docu and a combined Euros 10,500.
Fest opener “Wrong Time, Wrong Place,” John Appel’s exploration of survivor tales from Norway’s Utoya massacre, was the top pic screened at IDFA’s Docs For Sale screening and mart hub, accessed by 295 registered acquisitions agents. Industry registrants totalled 2,720 this year.
Women Make Movies picked up Barbara Miller’s “Forbidden Voices,” about cyber feminists, following its international preem. Films Transit announced it secured a six-figure U.S. broadcast deal for Sylvia Caminer’s “An Affair of the Heart,” about ’80s icon Rick Springfield and his fans, and is receiving strong buyer interest in Juliet Lamont’s feature competish contender “Miss Nikki and the Tiger Girls,” about the first Burmese girl band. And Petra Costa’s Brazilian film festival multiple winner “Elena” was one of several pics on Wide House’s slate buzzing for buyers.