FAQ: Docs for Sale

    1. What is Docs for Sale?
    2. What does it mean to have a film in Docs for Sale?
    3. What kinds of films are eligible for Docs for Sale?
    4. What facilities does Docs for Sale offer?
    5. How does IDFA use Vimeo?
    6. Can I upload video without a Vimeo account?
    7. How long will my film be online?
    8. What can I do with my online subscription?
    9. Help! It isn’t working. What’s going wrong here?
    10. Can I reclaim VAT?

    1. What is Docs for Sale?

    Docs for Sale is IDFA’s distribution incubator and marketplace for creative documentaries. During the festival, accredited buyers, sales agents, distributors, and festival programmers can view documentary films in Amsterdam, meet with film teams in one-on-one meetings, and connect in the Docs for Sale Lounge. These film professionals can also stream the selected documentaries via our online viewing platform, for up to one year after the festival. The market also offers bespoke participation and networking services for filmmakers to successfully launch their film at IDFA.

    2. What does it mean to have a film in Docs for Sale?

    Having your film in Docs for Sale means that it can be viewed by hundreds of potential buyers and festival programmers. If your film is selected for Docs for Sale, it will be included in the catalogue, which is available during the festival in the Docs for Sale viewing booths as well as in an online secure environment for one year.

    3. What kinds of films are eligible for Docs for Sale?

    Docs for Sale focuses on creative documentaries. Non-fiction genres such as nature documentaries, corporate films, travelogues and informational films are not eligible for selection. Of the films that are ultimately presented in the market, many of them are also presented at IDFA in competitive and non-competitive sections. Others include films that Docs for Sale selects itself, on the basis of submissions that we believe are interesting for buyers and sales agents, including classic documentary storytelling and seralized content. If your film is older than one year, it will not be accepted for the Docs for Sale catalogue.

    4. What resources does Docs for Sale offer?

    Viewing reports
    If you have a film in the Docs for Sale catalogue, you can log in to your MyIDFA account at any time to get the latest information about who has viewed your documentary, and whether they have left any comments.

    Meet up with buyers or festival programmers
    The 2022 edition of Docs for Sale will be an in-person event at our new markets venue Felix Meritis (Keizergracht 324). There, the Docs for Sale team pre-arranges one-on-one meetings between professionals with a film in the catalogue and potential buyers. Felix Meritis is also home to dedicated Docs for Sale Lounge where you can connect with other professionals attending the markets.

    The Docs for Sale staff are always willing to help you meet the right people, but it’s also important to study the market beforehand. You should know what kind of film you are trying to sell and who might be interested in it. In the weeks leading up to the festival, you can find the Docs for Sale Guest List on our website, so you know who will be attending the market in Amsterdam.

    Contact details and profiles of buyers and sales agents
    If your film is selected for the Docs for Sale catalogue, you will have access to the contact details of all registered buyers via the online Guest List. This means you can introduce your documentary to registered buyers by sending e-mails to the ones whose profile corresponds to your film. Spamming everybody is not a good idea. Instead, do your homework to find out who might be interested in your film. 
The profiles of the potential buyers and their contact information will be available on our website at the end of September. We encourage you to reach out and plan meetings with market guests that you can subsequently hold in the Felix Meritis Business Lounge, accessible to all Forum and Docs for Sale passholders.

    5. How does IDFA use Vimeo?

    IDFA has a contract with Vimeo as the provider of HD-quality streaming video on our website. All video materials will be uploaded to a private Vimeo Business account managed by IDFA. Vimeo is a global platform and is used as an industry standard for filmmakers to share and present their work online. Over the past years more than 95% of all submissions to IDFA have allowed full access to content residing on Vimeo already.

    • We upload files to our 'private' Business account within a password-protected album that only IDFA has access to.
    • All files are set so they cannot be searched or found on Vimeo's public platform.
    • There are further settings in place that only allow the video to be viewed on www.idfa.nl, which ensures that all video is domain-restricted to IDFA only.
    • Our database checks the MyIDFA account that is logged in on the IDFA site and the video will only appear on the website if this MyIDFA account has rights to view the content.
    • Content cannot be commented on, shared or downloaded.

    6. Can I upload video without a Vimeo account?

    To upload your file for your Docs for Sale submission you do not need to create a Vimeo account as we have that covered with our own Business account. All we need from you is a video file of the final cut of your film, encoded according to Vimeo's compression guidelines. You need to upload the file directly onto our viewing platform through the automatically generated link you will receive after submitting the entry form.

    We will, however, also need a preview link to preview your film upon selecting it – it can be a link to Vimeo, but also any similar streaming platform. You can provide this link in the Docs for Sale entry form.

    7. How long will my film be online?

    Your film will be online for one year.

    8. What can I do with my online subscription?

    Docs for Sale online gives buyers access to a wide range of documentaries from anywhere in the world. This online documentary platform contains award-winning titles selected for IDFA as well as other important documentaries that shouldn’t be missed. You can watch documentaries online at your convenience. You’ll be able to browse through the catalogue or perform a search – by subject, genre, length, etc.

    Contact the sales representative of the film directly
    You can contact the sales representative of the film directly by clicking on the person’s name.

    9. Help! It isn’t working. What’s going wrong here?

    Please check whether you are logged in with your MyIDFA account. If not, log in at the top right of the screen.

    If this does not fix the problem, please try again using a different browser.

    10. Can I reclaim VAT?

    Professionals (entrepreneurs) can submit a claim for refund of VAT charged by IDFA if:

    • You use the goods and services for business and not personal use.
    • You use the goods and services for activities over which VAT is charged.

    Furthermore you may only submit a claim for refund if:

    • you are not required to file a VAT return in the Netherlands
    • the Dutch VAT has been charged to you
    • the VAT is deductible as input tax for the Dutch entrepreneur
    • the amount of VAT for which you claim refund is at least € 50 per calendar year.

    How to claim for a refund? This differs for EU entrepreneurs and non-EU entrepreneurs.

    EU entrepreneur:

    • Reclaim digitally through the tax administration of the EU country in which you are established.
    • Submit your claim before October 1 of the year following the year over which you are claiming refund of VAT. As from 2012 claims for refunds must always be submitted digitally.

    Entrepreneur outside the EU:

    • Claim a refund of the VAT that you have paid in the Netherlands using the form: 'Application for VAT refund for entrepreneurs based in non-EU countries' (downloadable from http://www.belastingdienst.nl).
    • In order to get to the form 'Application for VAT refund for entrepreneurs based in non-EU countries' you can use the Registration of foreign businesses aid. By answering a number of questions, you will know if you can complete the application straight away or if you first have to apply for a VAT identification number or registration number. The calculation tool will guide you to the correct form.
    • Submit your claim before July 1 of the year following the year over which you are claiming refund of VAT.
    • You must also enclose the following documents together with your claim for a VAT refund: (I) declaration of entrepreneurship, preferably from the tax administration in your country and (II) original invoice from IDFA.
    • The Tax authorities will only handle your request after you have registered as a foreign entrepreneur. No registration number yet? You can use the calculation tool Registration of foreign businesses aid to request a form for applying for the registration number.

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