Awards

    Every year, outstanding new films compete for IDFA’s coveted awards. Explore the overview of all awards per competition as well as our cross-section awards and other prizes.

    ​IDFA Award for Best Film

    From the films selected for the International Competition, an international jury of five jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Film.

    The International Competition jury will also choose winners of additional awards that acknowledge the craft and innovation of filmmaking.

    IDFA Envision Award

    From the films selected for the Envision Competition, an international jury of five jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Envision Award.

    The Envision Competition jury will also choose winners of additional awards that acknowledge the craft and innovation of filmmaking.

    IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary

    From the films selected for the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Short Documentary.

    IDFA DocLab Awards

    Projects selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition program are eligible for one of the IDFA DocLab Awards that celebrate artistic excellence across immersive art, digital art, and interdisciplinary installations and performances.

    ​Cross-section awards

    In addition to the competition-specific awards above, several films from the IDFA selection will be nominated for cross-section awards.

    From the main competitions, Luminous, and Frontlight, an international jury will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best First Feature.

    From all program sections, two international juries will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Documentary and the winner of the Beeld en Geluid IDFA ReFrame Award for best creative use of archive.

    FIPRESCI Award

    An international jury from the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) will choose the winner of the FIPRESCI Award.

    IDFA Award for Best Youth Documentary

    From the films selected for the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Award for Best Youth Documentary.

    Other awards

    VPRO IDFA Audience Award
    The film that is most highly rated by festival audiences will win the VPRO IDFA Audience Award. All IDFA-selected films made in the past year are eligible.

    IDFA Forum Awards
    From the projects selected for IDFA Forum, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA Forum Award for Best Project and the IDFA Forum Award for Best Rough Cut Project.

    From the projects selected for IDFA DocLab Forum, an international jury of three jurors will choose the winner of the IDFA DocLab Forum Award for Best Project.

    NPO Fund - Karen de Bok Talent Award
    This prize is awarded to one of the projects in the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop. It consists of a grant of €25,000 for the development of the project and €5,000 for the production of a teaser.

    IDFA Spotlight Award
    Awarded at international festivals and markets throughout the year, this prize goes to talented filmmakers and promising documentary projects. The award consists of free travel and accommodation during IDFA in addition to accreditation and mentorship.

    Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Documentary Stipend
    With this stipend, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds awards a documentary talent with a grant of €50,000 that allows the recipient to make a documentary film about a subject of their choice. The award is intended for a documentary filmmaker with a proven track record who has already earned modest recognition in the documentary field.

    See all past award winners & juries

    IDFA’s competition program is supported by Ammodo.

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