Attend Docs for Sale

    Or subscribe to Docs for Sale online throughout the year.

    As a central component of IDFA, the Docs for Sale market is an unmissable event for buyers, distributors, and festival programmers looking for the best creative documentaries for their festival program or TV, cinema, or platform slot.

    Since 2007, Docs for Sale takes place in the Arti and Amicitiae Society, located at Rokin 112 within easy walking distance of all the other festival venues. The market spaces on the first floor provide viewing booths for Docs for Sale Acquisition passholders as well as a meeting place where producers and sales agents can meet potential buyers and make deals or arrange follow-up appointments. On the ground floor, there is a café where you can get a coffee or some lunch.

    The complete Docs for Sale 2021 catalogue will be announced on November 8. In the lead-up to the festival, you can also see our index of participating sales companies.


    We want your experience at Docs for Sale, whether it be your first time or your tenth, to be successful and stress-free. Below is an overview of the services we offer during the market. If you cannot attend the festival in person due to travel restrictions, we also offer core services online this year. More information coming soon.

    First time at Docs for Sale?

    If this is the first time you are attending the market, feel free to join our online introduction meeting on November 1. Only Docs for Sale passholders are eligible to attend. To sign up, please email

    Be sure to check out our guide for first-timers at Docs for Sale as well, which includes helpful tips to do before, during, and after the festival, and some seasoned advice from Docs for Sale regulars.

    One-on-one Meetings

    November 19–24, 11:00–13:00 and 14.30–16:30 (in person meetings)
    November 25-26, exact times to be announced (online meetings)

    Docs for Sale participants can register in advance for twenty-minute meetings with documentary experts who offer advice on a range of general and specific business questions. Sales agents, festival programmers, and TV buyers are just some of the professionals available for these meetings.

    Docs for Sale Happy Days

    November 19–23, 12:00–18:00

    Happy hours are now Happy Days! Head to Arti and Amicitiae for free coffee, tea, and snacks all day. At 16:45, you can pick up a voucher for a free wine or beer as well. Generously hosted by Autlook, Rise and Shine, Eye, Dutch CORE, Lightdox, and Millennium Docs Against Gravity. Open to Docs for Sale and Forum passholders.


    If you are new to Docs for Sale and need some help finding your way around, feel free to get in touch with our matchmakers. They’re available at the Docs for Sale Lounge from 10:00–17:00 every day during the market.

    Viewing Booth Reservations

    Viewing booths can be booked for a maximum of three consecutive hours. We advise you to make your reservation one day in advance at the information desk. If you are more than 15 minutes late for your viewing, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation. Please note that only Docs for Sale Acquisition passholders have access to the booths.

    Rough Cut Presentations

    All Docs for Sale Acquisition passholders have access to the Rough Cut Presentations on Sunday, November 21, from 11:30 to 16:45 CET in Tuschinski 4 (located at Reguliersbreestraat 26). This year, IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale present seven selected projects in the last stages of production that are seeking final financing and distribution. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, advance registration is required. More information to follow.

    Press & Industry Screenings

    Accredited guests have free access to exclusive Press & Industry Screenings with films selected for the International Competition, Envision Competition, IDFA Competition for Short Documentary, and the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary. Press & Industry Screenings are accessible to all passholders except the Docs for Sale Participant pass. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, advance registration is required. More information to follow.

    Industry Program

    Located in De Brakke Grond (at Nes 45), the Industry Program offers an extensive array of services, sessions, talks, and meetups to inspire our professional festival guests and to keep them up to date on the latest developments in the documentary industry.

    Social events

    Every day, IDFA invites its guests for plenty of networking opportunities. To make sure everyone can enjoy a safe, responsible, and successful IDFA this year, social events look a little different than what you’re used to. Read how it works.

    IDFA Guest List

    All Docs for Sale passholders have access to the IDFA Guest List. Here you can find the contact information of some 3,000 filmmakers and film professionals who are attending the festival.

    Screening rooms

    All accredited guests have the opportunity to reserve a meeting room or screening room for groups of up to fifteen people. Reservations can be made at the Industry Desk inside De Brakke Grond (located at Nes 45).

    Accessibility at Docs for Sale

    • Unfortunately, Arti and Amicitiae is not accessible to wheelchair users: Docs for Sale is located upstairs and there is no elevator. There is also no wheelchair-accessible washroom in the building.
    • If you have reduced mobility, the Docs for Sale team is happy to arrange meetings for you in another festival location that is more accessible. Please email for any questions regarding accessibility.
    • The Docs for Sale Catalogue is available entirely online; all selected films can be watched remotely.

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