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IDFA 2018 Awards

Indian film Reason triumphs at IDFA

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- Other winners include the Chilean-German title Los Reyes and the Italian-French co-production Giacinto Scelsi. The First Motion of the Immovable

Indian film Reason triumphs at IDFA
The winners of the 2018 IDFA

Reason by Indian filmmaker Anand Patwardhan has emerged as the winner of the Feature-Length Documentary Competition at the 31st edition of the IDFA, which runs from 14-25 November. The awards ceremony took place last night at the International Theatre Amsterdam.

The 240-minute film, Patwardhan's 15th as a director, is a wide-ranging examination of Indian society, where secular rationalists are hunted down as they attempt to stem the rising tide of religious and nationalist fundamentalism. The award includes a financial prize of €15,000.

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The Special Jury Award in the same competition, worth €2,500, went to the Chilean-German co-production Los Reyes [+see also:
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by Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff. This dreamlike film centres almost entirely on the subtle interaction between two dogs.

In the Competition for First Appearance, the main prize of €10,000 went to Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva for Giacinto Scelsi. The First Motion of the Immovable [+see also:
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, while the opening film of the festival, Aboozar Amini's Kabul, City in the Wind [+see also:
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, received the Special Jury Award and €2,500.

Two Polish co-productions scooped the prizes in the Mid-Length Competition: Summa by Belarusian director Andrei Kutsila won the main award (€10,000), while Pavel Zielinski's In Touch, which has Icelandic involvement, snagged the Special Jury Award (€2,500).

In the Dutch Competition, the Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary, worth €7,500, went to 'Now something is slowly changing' [+see also:
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by mint film office, and But Now Is Perfect [+see also:
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by Carin Goeijers received the Special Jury Award (€2,500).

Mahdi Fleifel's I Signed the Petition (UK/Germany/Switzerland) triumphed in the Short Documentary Competition and got €5,000, while the Special Jury Award, worth €2,500, was bestowed upon Payal Kapadia's And What Is Summer Saying (India).

Here is the full list of award winners:

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary
Reason - Anand Patwardhan (India)

Special Jury Award
Los Reyes [+see also:
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- Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff (Chile/Germany)

IDFA Competition for First Appearance

IDFA Award for Best First Appearance
Giacinto Scelsi. The First Motion of the Immovable [+see also:
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]
- Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva (Italy/France)

Special Jury Award
Kabul, City in the Wind [+see also:
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]
- Aboozar Amini (Netherlands/Afghanistan/Japan/Germany)

IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

IDFA Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary 
Summa - Andrei Kutsila (Poland/Belarus)

Special Jury Award
In Touch (Poland/Iceland)

IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

Beeld en Geluid IDFA Award for Dutch Documentary
'Now something is slowly changing' [+see also:
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]
- mint film office (Netherlands)

Special Jury Award
But Now Is Perfect
 [+see also:
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- Carin Goeijers (Netherlands)

IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
1 the Road - Ross Goodwin (USA)

IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction
Eat | Tech | Kitchen - Klasien van de Zandschulp, Emilie Baltz (Netherlands/USA)

IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary
I Signed the Petition - Mahdi Fleifel (UK/Germany/Switzerland)

Special Jury Award
And What Is Summer Saying - Payal Kapadia (India)

IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary 
In Search… [+see also:
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- Beryl Magoko (Germany/Kenya)

Special Jury Award
Backwards - Dana Gelman (Israel)

IDFA Competition for Kids & Docs

IDFA Award for Best Children’s Documentary
Dancing for You - Katarzyna Lesisz (Poland)

Special Jury Award
The Man Who Looked Beyond the Horizon - Martijn Blekendaal (Netherlands)

Amsterdam Human Rights Award 
Island of the Hungry Ghosts [+see also:
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- Gabrielle Brady (Germany/UK/Australia)

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend 
Sophie Dros (Netherlands)

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