IDFA 2018: AMIA UvA’s Top Picks!


This year’s program for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is comprised of interesting films, discussions and lectures. IDFA has already started and will be running until 25 November, so there will be many opportunities to come and see the past, and also current landscape of documentary filmmaking.

To save you time, we have compiled a small selection of films and events which could be of interest to anyone curious about the various uses of archival film footage and its presentation to the contemporary spectator.

Check out our picks and please do come along!

Anniversary of the Revolution (Dziga Vertov, 1918)

Starting with the prolific documentarian, Dziga Vertov, his feature-length film survived only in a 12-minute version until recently. However, after years of searching, Russian film scholar Nikolai Izvolov located the film in its entirety in the Russian State Documentary Film & Photo Archive. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the film and IDFA audiences will have the unique chance to view this carefully restored footage accompanied by a live score. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness Lenin addressing the cameraman or speeches by Leon Trotsky!

Continue reading


Screen Shot 2017-10-12 at 14.20.16

We couldn’t wrap up our year in Amsterdam without one final diary log from the projection booths of Amsterdam. Likewise, we headed to Lijnbaansgracht to find the welcoming arthouse cinema Cinecenter, tucked in between the now legendary pop-culture venue Melkweg and the always-lively Leidseplein.

Cinecenter is an intimate arthouse cinema right in the center of Amsterdam that combines an independent and arthouse film programming with special English-subtitled screenings and film meet-ups directed to Amsterdam’s bursting community of expats. Cinecenter opened its doors for the first time in 1979 in a building originally designed by the architect Gerard de Klerk.

Continue reading