The next edition of one of the most important festivals dedicated to documentary cinema will begin on November 9. The extremely rich program of the upcoming event includes several Polish productions.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is the largest and one of the most important documentary festivals in the world. It attracts over 280,000 attendees every year, including 3000 guests from the documentary industry while the films shown at IDFA often become festival favourites later. This year, IDFA will be held from 9 to 20 November.

Films shown in the Best of Fests section, which presents last year's best documentaries, are have already earned the status of festival favourites. This exclusive group includes two productions from Poland. Guests at IDFA will get to see The Hamlet Syndrome by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski, Silent Love by Marek Kozakiewicz, The Pawnshop by Łukasz Kowalski and the Polish-Iranian co-production Subtotals directed by Mohammadrez Farzad. 

On the other hand, the international competition will include the Polish-Danish-French Apolonia, Apolonia directed by Lea Glob and co-produced with Staroń Films.

Luminous, which is one of the festival's most courageous and original selections, will include Hanka Nobis' Polish Prayers. During Focus: Playing Reality, we'll get to see Paweł Łoziński's earlier documentary – the well-known and award-winning You Have No Idea How Much I Love You.

After the announcements from the festival program, it's time to take a look at the industry section of the IDFA festival. There are several Polish productions among the submitted projects.

IDFA Forum will be held from 12 to 16 November as part of the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The Forum is looking forward to artistic, innovative documentary projects with international potential. IDFA Forum is the perfect place for producers looking for partners to co-finance or co-produce a film, as well as distributors and sales agents. 

This year, three Polish projects were invited to participate in the forum. December Grzegorz Paprzycki aims to tell the story of the dramatic events on the Polish-Belarusian border. It's produced by Maciej Kubicki from Telemark. Frontline is the working title of Alisa Kovalenko's film. It's a documentary diary from Ukraine, telling the story of women who are going to the front as soldiers in the spring of 2022. The film is a Danish and Ukrainian co-production and the film is produced by Kasia Kuczyńska from HAKA Films. The third project is Aleksandra Skowron's Underage Astronauts. The documentary also seeks to address the issue of war, this time through the eyes of the youngest. The film is produced by Mirosław Skowron from Mediolia. 

All the necessary information about the festival can be found on its website.