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.

    This year we will strive to provide screenings for blind and deaf visitors as well as non-English speakers, however, please note that as an international festival, much of our programming is in the English language.

    Check this page for up-to-date accessibility information on our upcoming events, locations, initiatives, and the next festival edition in November. For questions, comments, and suggestions, we invite you to get in touch with us via the contact methods provided below.

    Upcoming events

    September 12 - IDFA Special: Midnight Traveler
    Pathé Tuschinski has a wheelchair lift via Pathé Arthouse (address: Reguliersbreestraat 34). A wheelchair-accessible toilet is available. Telecoil available for visitors with hearing impairments. There is one parking space for visitors with disabilities on Reguliersdwarsstraat.

    Accessibility and film submissions

    To filmmakers submitting their work to the festival: we encourage you to provide more accessible film formats when possible. If your film is selected for IDFA 2019, 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 the blind and visually impaired with headphones.


    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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