Information for visitors with disabilities

    As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering an inclusive festival experience, IDFA is working to remove several access barriers in our programming and services. Our goal is to be as accessible as possible to all members of the audience and our professional guests. We look forward to remaining transparent and accountable as we share our progress with you.

    Check this page for up-to-date accessibility information about IDFA throughout the year. For questions, comments, and suggestions, we invite you to get in touch with us via the contact methods provided below.

    Accessibility and film submissions

    If you are a filmmaker with a disability and you require assistance submitting your film, or if you experience language barriers in the submission process, please get in touch with us here:

    Phone: +31 (0)20 6273329

    If you are an artist with a disability and you require assistance submitting your project or performance, or if you experience language barriers in the submission process, please contact us here:

    Phone: +31 (0)20 6273329

    To all filmmakers or artists submitting their work to the festival: We encourage you to provide more accessible film formats when possible. If your film is selected for IDFA 2020, we will contact you about whether you have a version available with English subtitles, Closed Captioning, and/or Descriptive Sound. Please visit our submission page for details. If you are submitting a film and already have one of the previously mentioned formats available, or are planning on making them available soon, please indicate this when filling out our entry form.

    Closed Captioned (CC): Display of text on a screen to provide additional or interpretive information.

    Descriptive Sound (DS): A digitally compatible described narration system for people who are blind and visually impaired with headphones.

    Location accessibility

    We strive to make our festival locations accessible for visitors who are blind, deaf, or use a wheelchair, but unfortunately, some of our venues still contain access barriers.

    You can find detailed accessibility information on this page when we announce our festival locations for IDFA 2020.


    If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about accessibility at IDFA, we would like to hear from you. Visitors with disabilities can get in touch with us in the following ways:

    Telephone: +31 (0)20 6273329


    International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
    Frederiksplein 52
    1017 XN Amsterdam

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