Attending IDFA Forum 2018

    IDFA Forum 2018 takes place November 18-21.

    51 projects will be introduced to industry experts who can dramatically shape their future trajectories and potential for success.

    View the daily schedule

    The Rough Cut Screenings take place on November 18 in Tuschinski 4 and will be followed by three days of pitches and meetings from November 19-21 at the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam with lunches at the nearby Zuiderkerk.

    The Crossmedia section of IDFA Forum will take place on 19 November (pitches) and 20 November (meetings) at the Compagnietheater.

    Who can attend?
    Learn about the pitch categories

    The deadline for accreditation is October 10, 2018.

    Quiet meeting space outside the IDFA Forum venue

    Only Forum pass holders will have access to the Compagnietheater and the Zuiderkerk, so please keep this in mind when you plan your meetings. For any meetings you may want to organize outside of our main venue, we would recommend Hotel The Grand (Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197). It's very close to the Forum venue (see walking route) and the staff are happy to welcome IDFA guests. Hotel The Grand has a food bar and a bistro, which are both suitable spaces to organize meetings.

    One-on-one Meetings

    Parallel to the Round Table sessions, we are holding one-on-one meetings between all pitching teams and various commissioning editors, funders, and other experts. The afternoons of the first two days and the entire third day of IDFA Forum are reserved for approximately 1000 prearranged one-on-one meetings. The cross media projects have one-on-one meetings on Tuesday morning as well.


    This year's moderators for the presentations are Axel Arnö, Rudy Buttignol, Ingrid Kopp, Karolina Lidin, Myriam Sassine, Jess Search and Ove Rishøj Jensen.


    In addition to IDFA Forum staff, there are three matchmakers on hand to provide assistance for all participants. This year’s matchmakers are Christina Jul Gregerson, Cleo Veger and Daan Vermeulen. Their role is to facilitate meetings between participants, and they can be contacted through the Forum Information Desk.


    IDFA Forum delegates can book meetings with a range of experts who offer specific advice on all aspects of the documentary business, such as distribution and sales, marketing and outreach, etc. The meetings can be booked at the Industry Office. We highly recommend that you take this opportunity to pick the brains of these international experts.

    Meet this year's consultants

    Moderator's Hat

    A unique chance for one observer to pitch his or her project in the Central Pitch! Those who wish to be eligible should put their business card in the Moderator’s Hat. During the Central Pitch sessions on Monday, a business card is drawn and the winner gets the opportunity to prepare and present a pitch the next day.

    Dutch Clog

    During IDFA Forum, all delegates can vote for their favorite pitch. The prize is the Dutch Clog, which includes some serious perks. The winner will be announced during the IDFA Forum closing drinks.

    Pitch Reports

    During your pitch, our pitch reporters will keep a record of the comments from decision makers. The day after your pitch, you can pick up your Pitch Report at the IDFA Forum Information Desk. For pitch teams only.

    Information Desk

    The IDFA Forum Information Desk operates as a reception and information desk. During the three days of IDFA Forum, the desk will be open to assist delegates and provide them with information. The IDFA Forum Information Desk also offers additional services including pitch reports, contact with matchmakers, the luggage depot and general festival information.

    Open during IDFA Forum hours (9.30 am-6 pm)
    Compagnietheater, Ground Floor

    The IDFA Forum One-on-one Desk

    The IDFA Forum One-on-one Desk operates as a booking desk for the one-on-one meetings. Pitch teams and decision makers can request meetings or pick up their most recent schedule.

    Open during IDFA Forum hours (9.30 am-6 pm)
    Compagnietheater, First floor
    For pitch teams and decision makers only.


    Tickets for all screenings and events can be obtained on our website and at the festival box offices during the festival. Pass holders can also acquire tickets at the Guest Box Office at the Industry Office. The presale for Press and Industry begins October 29, and general ticket sales begin November 1.

    Industry Office

    The Industry Office gathers all of IDFA’s existing festival services under one roof. It offers an extensive program of sessions, talks and meetups to inspire our professional festival guests and keep them up-to-date on the latest developments in the documentary industry.