IDFA opens: Filmmakers in developing countries

The 23rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) opens today. Every day up to Sunday 28 November documentaries from all over the world will be shown. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes the local film culture in developing countries through the Jan Vrijman Fund.

IDFA is one of the leading documentary film festivals in the world. It is held in Amsterdam every November.

IDFA set up the Jan Vrijman Fund in 1998. With help from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it encourages young documentary makers in developing countries. In their films, they make life in their countries visible to the rest of the world, and to their own people.

Since the Fund was set up, grants have been awarded for 420 projects by independent filmmakers and organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Apart from film projects, the fund also supports local documentary workshops and film festivals. Every year, the very latest documentaries are shown at IDFA. For information on this year’s programme go to