IDFA Forum takes place from November 20 to November 26, 2021. We are very much looking forward to welcoming pitch teams, industry professionals, and observing producers in Amsterdam. For those who cannot travel, key services are also made available online. Check this page for useful information in planning for your visit, including the complete schedule, locations and accessibility, services at the Forum, COVID-19 protocols, and how to participate remotely.
Saturday, November 20, 13:00 to 16:30 CET (presentations followed by networking drinks) Sunday, November 21, 9:00 to 19:00 CET (one-on-one meetings and networking lunch)
IDFA’s new market service focuses on facilitating new connections among producers. Fifteen projects seeking international partners will present their projects to a room full of potential co-producers. The Producers Connection presentations take place in the Grote Zaal room at the venue de Brakke Grond (Nes 45).
Buma Music in Motion brings five composers experienced in film scoring to Producers Connection. They will take pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with the selected projects and attending Dutch producers.
Access to this market element is limited to producers or producer/director teams who are invited to actively participate in meetings (no Observers).
Sunday, November 21, 11:30 to 16:45 CET
The Rough Cut Presentations take place at Pathé Tuschinski 4 (Reguliersbreestraat 26) and feature an afternoon program of presentations, including a lunch break. The selected film teams introduce a twenty-minute excerpt of their rough cut, followed by a short, moderated Q&A. Following the Rough Cut Presentations on Sunday, the full rough cut files will be available online for Forum and Docs for Sale professionals.
Please note: due to COVID-19 restrictions, advance sign up is required for this program.
Open to all Forum passholders as well as Docs for Sale Acquisition passholders.
Sunday, November 21, 10:00 to 13:00 CET
Thirteen selected teams will present their projects to an international audience of potential collaborators and other industry professionals at Tolhuistuin (IJpromenade 2). The presentation is an opportunity for the teams to launch their project internationally and discover the relevant steps to take it further. Project teams will present for approximately five to seven minutes each, including presentation of any project visuals. The moderator will ask the project teams a few questions about the artistic intentions and goals of the team.
Monday, November 22, 9:00 to 13:00 CET
Tuesday, November 23, 9:00 to 13:00 CET
Wednesday, November 24, 9:00 to 13:00 CET
The Forum’s program of pitches is spread out over three days this year, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings in the Compagnietheater (Kloveniersburgwal 50). Four DocLab Forum Pitches will be among the 27 projects presented. The pitches take around twenty minutes each and consist of a presentation from the project team and a moderated feedback session with a group of hand-picked decision makers. Key participants who cannot travel to Amsterdam—such as pitch team members or decision makers on the feedback panels—will be able to participate in the pitch online.
Open to all Forum passholders.
Pre-arranged one-on-one meetings for all projects selected for the Forum Pitches, DocLab Forum Presentations & Pitches, and Rough Cut Presentations take place both in person and online.
Additionally, four projects selected from the IDFA DocLab R&D Program will also taking one-on-one meetings as part of the DocLab Forum. In-person meetings are on Monday, November 22; Tuesday, November 23; and Wednesday, November 24, from 14:45 to 18:00 CET in Compagnietheater.
Online meetings for parties that cannot travel are on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. Exact times to be announced.
IDFA Industry is working to remove access barriers in our programming and services, with the goal of making IDFA Forum accessible to all participants. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility.
Compagnietheater – Kloveniersburgwal 50
Zuiderkerk – Zuiderkerkhof 72
Pathé Tuschinski – Reguliersbreestraat 26
Tolhuistuin – IJpromenade 2
Sunday, November 21, 21:00 CET
Join us for a drink to meet fellow industry guests and celebrate the beginning of IDFA’s market activities. The venue will be announced shortly. Invitations will be sent to all market guests ahead of the event.
Open to all Forum and Docs for Sale passholders.
Monday, November 22, 8:00-9:00 CET
Tuesday, November 23, 8:00-9:00 CET
Wednesday, November 24, 8:00-09:00 CET
All accredited producers at the Forum can sign up to attend the Producers Breakfast, held every morning before the Forum Pitches at Compagnietheater (Kloveniersburgwal 50). The breakfast is a great opportunity to connect with other producers informally over coffee and croissants.
The Forum team will reach out to accredited producers at the end of October with more info on how to sign up.
Monday, November 22, 13:00-14:45 CET
Tuesday, November 23, 13:00-14:45 CET
Wednesday, November 24, 13:00-14:45 CET
After the pitches at Compagnietheater, all Forum guests are invited to have lunch at Zuiderkerk (Zuiderkerkhof 72). Zuiderkerk is within walking distance from Compagnietheater.
Open to all Forum passholders.
Wednesday, November 24, 17:30 CET
Join us at the Compagnietheater (Kloveniersburgwal 50) for the Forum Closing Drinks and the announcement of this year’s Forum award-winners. We will announce winners in four different categories:
Open to all Forum and Docs for Sale passholders.
November 19-24, 17:00-18:00 CET
Docs for Sale, IDFA’s sales market for completed films, hosts daily cocktail hours that Forum participants are welcome to join. Docs for Sale is located at the venue Arti et Amicitiae (Rokin 112).
Open to all Docs for Sale & Forum passholders.
During the IDFA Forum days, the Information Desk operates as a reception, available to support all Forum guests with questions about schedule, locations, etc.
November 22–24, 09:00-18:00 CET
During the Forum, decision makers can come to the one-on-one desk to request additional meetings or make changes to their schedules. The desk is located on the first floor of Compagnietheater (Kloveniersburgwal 50).
Forum attendees can register for consultancies 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 Industry Office arranges the consultancies, which include both group and one-on-one sessions. These consultancies will be held from Saturday, November 20 to Wednesday, November 24 at the Brakke Grond (Nes 45) and Het Groene Paleis (Rokin 65). All Forum Observers (producers) will be invited to sign up for the consultancies in advance.
Your Forum or Festival pass also gives access to a full range of festival services. You can read more about what’s on offer for each pass here.
IDFA puts health and safety first. In order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and hold a physical edition of the festival, we are taking comprehensive measures to ensure our guests’ safety, including checking for adequate vaccination documents or test results upon entry to the Forum venues. Please read the most up-to-date info about IDFA’s COVID-19 policy here.
For professionals who are unable to travel to Amsterdam, it’s still possible to take part in the core Forum service. We can facilitate online participation for project representatives (pitch teams) or industry representatives (decision makers and Observers).
If you are actively participating during the pitches or presentations, we will invite you to participate in the pitch via Zoom.
If you are an Observer, and not actively participating in the pitches, we will provide a recording of the pitches within 24 hours after the live event, for a limited period.
On November 25 and 26, we will hold meetings with film teams or professionals who are unable to come to Amsterdam.
The IDFA Forum & DocLab Forum Online pass also gives access to the full services of the Festival Online Pass. You can read more about what’s on offer here.