Every year, the Docs for Sale catalogue presents a leading showcase of the most recent documentary films, series, and shorts seeking distribution and exhibition opportunities. A catalogue of roughly 400 titles that comprises IDFA-selected films, sales agent offers, and market-ready titles selected by the Docs for Sale team is available year-round through an online viewing subscription. This subscription also grants access to the Docs for Sale premier market and distribution incubator services in Amsterdam during the festival in November.
The online viewing subscription is the digital arm of the Docs for Sale market— IDFA’s professional networking event that brings film teams holding new titles together with over 200 potential buyers for five days during the festival in November. The online viewing subscription service grants buyers access to the same film catalogue that is presented during the festival at any time—digitally, remotely, and at their own leisure—while providing the opportunity to connect with the rights holders directly.
IDFA releases a new slate of Docs for Sale films a week before the festival starts in November. The titles featured in the catalogue must have been completed after September 1 of the previous year. As the catalogue bridges two years, professionals acquiring access in the spring, for instance, will be able to access both the 2022-2023 and the 2023-2024 catalogues.
It’s easy to filter on genres or on titles that have been included in the most recent edition of IDFA. It’s also possible to leave messages to the film representatives directly via the Docs for Sale platform, and the rights holders can download reports of who have viewed their film.
Professionals who acquire a Docs for Sale online viewing subscription outside of the festival period can attend the physical Docs for Sale market during the festival free of charge. To get access to the event, online viewing subscribers need to fill out the Festival accreditation form and request a Docs for Sale Acquisition pass. IDFA starts accepting general accreditations in mid-June, when you can also read more about what events and services are covered by the Docs for Sale Acquisition pass.
Docs for Sale is a professional service designed for industry professionals who acquire or exhibit documentaries as part of their core business. The Docs for Sale platform is typically used by television/platform buyers, distributors, sales agents, and festival programmers.
For individuals (not professionals) interested in watching documentaries online, please visit IDFA’s online collection.
Docs for Sale focuses on creative documentaries. Of the films that are selected for the catalogue, many have been included in IDFA’s competitive and non-competitive program sections. Others are films that Docs for Sale selects itself from an open call; submissions that we believe are interesting for buyers and sales agents, including classic documentary storytelling and seralized content. Finally, leading documentary sales agents submit titles from their current slate to our catalogue (see the list of sales agents with five or more titles included in the 2022-2023 catalogue). We select films with international appeal that can speak to different audiences, including theatrical and festival exhibition, television broadcast, and streaming platforms.
Non-fiction genres such as nature documentaries, travelogues, informational films, or corporate films are not included in our catalogue.
Acquiring a one-year online viewing subscription costs €160 (excl. 21% VAT). The subscription is valid for 12 months from the time the payment has been accepted by the Docs for Sale team and includes a Docs for Sale Acquisition pass to the upcoming edition of the IDFA festival.
Please read the terms and conditions before filling out the subscription form.
Contact the Docs for Sale team here.