In the run up to our 33rd festival edition, the IDFA Industry team is pleased to announce new dates for IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale, as well as an additional category at this year’s IDFA Forum. Both developments are geared towards better orienting industry professionals at IDFA 2020 as they navigate a festival setup in a year like none other.
The two markets will run several days early this year, with Docs for Sale (meetings) and IDFA Forum (presentations and meetings) held from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20. Earlier dates for these online industry activities will keep the focus on the markets—open and uncompromised for guests around the world—while reserving November 21 to 24 as key dates for in-person guests to attend premiere screenings, the Industry Program, and the IDFA DocLab exhibition and events in Amsterdam and online. As previously announced, the festival will kick off on November 18 with the opening night film, while the Docs for Sale catalogue has already opened up to online subscribers with the first titles of the year.
In addition to the open pitches, IDFA Forum will offer a special category this year to help producers follow up on previous encounters and make new connections during the pandemic. The new category will feature approximately 20 of the top projects that have recently pitched at online markets in Europe and abroad. As we adjust to the new reality of digital marketplaces, without the physical corridors and cocktails to gather us, this extra category will aim to stimulate increased opportunities by offering decision makers the chance to (re)connect with selected film and new media projects deserving of the world’s attention. All teams selected will have the opportunity to meet a tailor-made group of decision makers via one-on-one meetings organized by the Forum team. Projects will be selected through the regular Forum submissions process.
Project submissions are currently open for IDFA’s markets, with deadlines of August 1 for IDFA Forum and IDFA DocLab Forum, and September 15 for Docs for Sale. Read the call for submissions for more information on eligibility, regulations, and the entry forms.
IDFA Forum is made possible by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands and Creative Europe Media.