Magazine article Screen International

IDFA Head Calls on Dutch Government to Support Jan Vrijman Fund

Magazine article Screen International

IDFA Head Calls on Dutch Government to Support Jan Vrijman Fund

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IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) director Ally Derks has made an outspoken plea for the Dutch Government to continue to support the Festival's Jan Vrijman Fund.

Her remarks follow the announcement this week that the fund (which supports documentary filmmaking in developing countries) has cancelled its second selection round of 2012, which was planned for this month. The decision was taken in view of the fact that, after 2013, the Fund will cease to receive Government support through the Dutch Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.

"We are trying to find ways to get money from other foundations," Derks (speaking from Toronto where she is attending Hot Docs) commented. "With this right-wing government (in the Netherlands), it is so tough to get the money...we have huge problems right now so we decided not to organise now the (selection) second round."

Derks insisted that the Jan Vrijman Fund will remain a core part of IDFA which, this year, celebrates its 25th anniversary (14 to 25 November. …

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