About the Festival

Since its launch in 1988 IDFA has been one of the world’s leading documentary film festivals, dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of ground-breaking creative documentaries. It has consistently served up the latest works of the world’s leading documentarians to a discerning and discriminating audience, and has dedicated itself to the task of devising innovative funding structures to ensure continuing production of top-level documentary films.

This year IDFA celebrates its 25th birthday. This will of course be a time for reflection, but also a time to look forward and to anticipate the future trajectory of the vital and necessary genre to which we have dedicated our working lives. It will also be a time to salute our wonderful audiences and our highly talented, polemical, daring, thought-provoking and visionary filmmakers, without whom there would be no IDFA at all.
First Hand
Sjoerd Oostrik wins Mediafonds Documentary Award 2014 November 19, 2014 | Two awards were presented during IDFA's opening ceremony. The Mediafonds Documentary Award 2014 was awarded to Sjoerd Oostrik for his film plan Hier is het nooit stil. Documentary maker Jessica Gorter received the Cultuurfonds Documentary Grant for her oeuvre.
Help crowdfund Lyari Notes November 26, 2014 | In the IDFA Bertha Fund-supported Lyari Notes, a rock star teaches a group of girls from the most volatile district of Karachi, Pakistan how to express themselves through music. The directors need your help to finish their film!
The Female Gaze: IDFA statistics As part of the theme program The Female Gaze, IDFA investigated its own gendered history: are female filmmakers equally represented in the program?

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