During International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) more than 300 documentaries were shown. IDFA shows films and new media projects for nineteen days, at fixed times and in an online cinema on idfa.nl. Subjects are diverse, but the films have one thing in common: they encourage thinking and invite discussion.

Due to limited capacity in venues, IDFA 2020 was a hybrid festival this year with a solid online foundation. All online screenings were introduced by IDFA’s programmers and often followed by a Talk – an in-depth interview with the filmmaker – or a Q&A, where it was made possible to ask questions live online to the filmmaker or main character.

Commissioned by technical producer INDYVIDEO, Mike Evers of Theatermachine provided lighting designs for a number of different locations. From the opening ceremony in the Netherlands’ most iconic film theater Tuschinski Cinema 1 to the closing Awards Ceremony in Theater De Brakke Grond. The common thread in terms of lighting design was to ensure that both the locations and the program activities were shown in the best light for camera recordings made for IDFA’s online streaming services.

Locations: Tuschinski Cinema 1, Arti et Amicitiae, Theater De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam
Lighting designs: Mike Evers – Theatermachine
Executive team: Floriaan Ganzevoort en Mike Evers
Lighting rentals and crew: Jacco Patist – Lichtwerk Amsterdam
Producer: INDYVIDEO
Photography: Melle Meivogel, Roger Cremers, Jurre Rompa and Mike Evers