This month, we're happy to announce three Hot Docs alumni films in the official selection at the 2023 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund alumni films Donga (D: Muhannad Lamin) and Our Land, Our Freedom (D: Meena Nanji, Zippy Kimundu), and Hot Docs 2023 official selection Time Bomb Y2K (D: Marley McDonald, Brian Becker). Alongside these official selections, congratulations to Hot Docs alumni projects selected to participate in this year's IDFA Forum, including Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund alumni Kongo is Burning (D: Arnold Aganze), as well as CrossCurrents International Doc Fund and Hot Docs Forum alumni There Was, There Was Not (D: Emily Mkrtichian).
In other exciting news, the International Documentary Association has unveiled the nominees for their 39th annual award ceremony. Congratulations to the following Hot Docs alumni on being nominated in the Best Feature Documentary: CrossCurrents International Doc Fund and Hot Docs Forum alumni Against the Tide (D: Sarvnik Kaur), Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund alumni Milisuthando (D: Milisuthando Bongela) and The Mother of All Lies (D: Asmae El Moudir), Hot Docs 2023 opening film and Hot Docs Forum alumni Twice Colonized (D: Lin Alluna), and Hot Docs 2023 official selections ANHELL69 (D: Theo Montoya), Nathan-ism (D: Elan Golod), Rewind & Play (D: Alain Gomis), and unseen (D: Set Hernandez). Additionally, we're proud to share the following Hot Docs 2023 official selections nominated in the Best Short Documentary category: Belle River (D: Guillaume Fournier), Between Earth & Sky (D: Andrew Nadkarni), Eat Flowers (D: River Finlay), and How We Get Free (D: Geeta Gandbhir, Samantha Knowles).
We'd also like to congratulate Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund alumni Samar: Before The Final Picture (D: Aya Yusuf) which will have its world premiere at Cairo International Film Festival next month.