Accreditation

    Learn more about accreditation for professionals at IDFA

    After many months apart, we can’t wait to welcome you back to Amsterdam for IDFA 2021. The 34th edition of the festival will take place in person, with films screening in cinemas and industry activities returning to all our familiar locations. We warmly invite all guests to join us, and we hope that many of you will be able to make the trip to IDFA this year. Rest assured, in the event that you cannot travel to Amsterdam due to pandemic-related circumstances, we have prepared a focused online offering. More information below.

    Accreditation is now open! Applications are due by October 10. Depending on your professional activities in the documentary field and your interest, we offer a variety of accreditations providing access to the festival, markets, and talent development program. Below, you can explore what’s included in each guest pass for IDFA 2021. Be sure to read our guidelines before filling in your accreditation form, and take note: different deadlines apply for accreditation to IDFAcademy and IDFA Forum.

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    Rules and regulations

    Cancellations
    If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing guestservices@idfa.nl.

    No refund policy
    For all cancellations received after November 3, IDFA handles a no refund policy.

    Discounts
    Members of various documentary organizations may be eligible for discounts. They will be contacted directly by the organizations about which procedures to follow.

    Forum Observers
    The deadline to apply for an Observer seat is October 10. All Observer accreditations will undergo a selection process due to limited seats.

    Producers Connection
    The deadline to apply for the Producers Connection with a project was August 2. Independent producers without a project can still apply until October 5. All accreditations for the Producers Connection will undergo a selection process.

    Copyright
    The applicant will guarantee to have secured clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted accreditation for all purposes for which the material will be used, including the online Guest List, printed passes and printed/online festival related information guides. The applicant will guarantee to hold IDFA harmless from any claims from copyright holders in relation to use of the submitted material. IDFA reserves the right to disqualify any accreditation with unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.

    Festival pass

    €250 excl. 9% VAT

    This pass gives access to:

    • Free tickets for all regular IDFA screenings and events, including live cinema events*
    • Free access to the IDFA DocLab Exhibition
    • A discount of €2.50 on the regular ticket price for any additional tickets ordered
    • All industry screenings (no ticket needed: first come, first served)
    • The Industry Program and services of the Industry Office
    • The daily Guests Meet Guests drinks
    • The Awards Ceremony
    • The online Press & Industry Library, where films are available after their first screening until the end of the festival
    • The online Talks Library, where talks are added 24 hours after the live event until the end of the festival
    • Company profiles, strand profiles, biographies, and contact information of accredited guests through our online Guest List

    *This year we hope to provide the same amount of free tickets as in 2019, pending COVID-19 regulations. Details to be announced soon.

    Festival Light pass

    €130 excl. 9% VAT

    This pass gives access to:

    • A €2.50 discount on tickets for all regular IDFA screenings and events, including live cinema events (one ticket per screening per pass)
    • Free access to the IDFA DocLab Exhibition
    • All industry screenings (no ticket needed: first come, first served)
    • The Industry Program and services of the Industry Office
    • The daily Guests Meet Guests drinks
    • The Awards Ceremony
    • The online Talks Library, where talks are added 24 hours after the live event until the end of the festival
    • Company profiles, strand profiles, biographies, and contact information of accredited guests through our online Guest List

    ​Press pass

    €50 excl. 9% VAT

    This pass gives access to:

    • The press viewing booths at Docs for Sale
    • Services from our Press Officers
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival pass (see above)

    IDFA Forum & DocLab Forum pass

    €360 excl. 21% VAT

    Due to high demand, the number of Observers is limited to one person per production company. Please check the page Who can attend IDFA Forum?  and Who can attend IDFA DocLab Forum? to see if you are eligible for accreditation.

    This pass gives access to:

    • IDFA Forum, the market for co-producing and co-financing international documentaries
    • IDFA DocLab Forum, the market for co-producing and co-financing international immersive and interactive projects
    • The IDFA Forum opening reception
    • The IDFA Forum lunches during the IDFA Forum pitching days
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival pass (see above)

    Producers Connection pass

    €360 excl. 21% VAT

    All Producers Connection accreditations will undergo a selection process due to limited seats. Please read more about the Producers Connection to see whether you are eligible here.

    This pass gives access to:

    • The Producers Connection for co-producing international documentaries
    • IDFA Forum, the market for co-financing international documentaries
    • The IDFA Forum opening reception
    • The IDFA Forum lunches during the IDFA Forum pitching days
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival pass (see above)

    Docs for Sale Acquisition pass

    €160 excl. 21% VAT

    This pass gives access to:

    • The viewing booths at Docs for Sale (reservation is necessary), which include the full Docs for Sale 2021 catalogue
    • A one-year subscription to the Docs for Sale online catalogue
    • The Docs for Sale lobby
    • The daily Docs for Sale Happy Hour
    • All industry screenings (no ticket needed: first come, first served)
    • The Industry Program and services of the Industry Office
    • The daily Guests Meet Guests drinks
    • The Awards Ceremony
    • The online Talks Library, where talks are added 24 hours after the live event until the end of the festival
    • Company profiles, strand profiles, biographies, and contact information of accredited guests through our online Guest List

    Docs for Sale Participant pass

    One pass is included in the entry fee to a representative (producer, director, or sales agent) of the film selected for Docs for Sale. Additional Docs for Sale Participant passes can be purchased for €70 excl. 21% VAT.

    This pass gives access to:

    • The Docs for Sale lobby
    • The daily Docs for Sale Happy Hour
    • The Industry Program and services of the Industry Office
    • The daily Guests Meet Guests drinks
    • Company profiles, strand profiles, biographies, and contact information of accredited guests through our online Guest List

    IDFAcademy pass

    €200 excl. 9% VAT

    IDFAcademy is open to emerging filmmakers and producers ready to expand their careers internationally. Selection will be based on the information you provide and will be made mid-October. The deadline for application to IDFAcademy is September 1.

    This pass gives access to:

    • the IDFAcademy program
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival pass (see above)

    Online passes

    Can't make the trip to Amsterdam? The following online offer caters specifically to guests who cannot attend the festival in person due to travel restrictions.

    ​Festival Online pass

    €180 excl. 21% VAT

    This pass gives access to:

    • The online Press and Industry Library, where films are available after their first screening until the end of the festival
    • The online Talks Library, where talks are added 24 hours after the live event until the end of the festival
    • Online group consultancies
    • Company profiles, strand profiles, biographies, and contact information of accredited guests through our online Guest List

    ​IDFA Forum & DocLab Forum Online pass

    €220 excl 21% VAT

    For online Observers. Please check the page Who can attend IDFA Forum?  and Who can attend IDFA DocLab Forum? to see if you are eligible for accreditation.

    This pass gives access to:

    • Recorded pitches, available within 24 hours after the live pitches for a limited period
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival Online pass (see above)

    ​Press Online pass

    €50 excl 21% VAT

    This pass gives access to:

    • Services by our Press Officers
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival Online pass (see above)

    ​IDFAcademy Online pass

    €150 excl. 21% VAT

    IDFAcademy  is open to emerging filmmakers and producers ready to expand their careers internationally. Selection will be based on the information you provide and will be made mid-October. The deadline for application to IDFAcademy is September 1.

    This pass gives access to:

    • the IDFAcademy Online program
    • All rights and services associated with the Festival Online pass (see above)

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