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Coordinator of the Jan Vrijman Fund / The Netherlands

Isabel Arrate Fernandez finished her masters in Film Studies in 1996 at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies she became involved in the organisation and programming of the Latin American Film Festival for Film and Literature in Rotterdam and did this until 1999. After graduating from university she also started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). From 2000 to 2002 she worked for Film Investors Netherlands, a government initiative in charge of implementing the tax schemes for film financing in the Netherlands. In 2002 she returned to IDFA to take charge of the Jan Vrijman Fund. IDFA initiated this fund to generate more attention for documentaries and filmmakers from developing countries. As coordinator of fund she has participated in several juries and as consultant in panels and workshops in developing countries.