Docs for Sale is IDFA’s marketplace for creative documentaries. During the festival, accredited buyers, sales agents, and festival programmers can view documentaries in Amsterdam. These film professionals can also stream the selected documentaries via our online viewing platform, for up to one year after the festival.
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.
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 admitted to 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 could be interesting for buyers and sales agents. If your film is older than one year, it will not be accepted for the Docs for Sale catalogue.
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 online
IDFA 2020 is a special edition, as the festival is taking place in a hybrid form with most of the industry activities online. For those coming to Amsterdam, we will facilitate a lounge where you can meet with potential buyers. For those who are attending the festival online, we will help with setting up online meetings with potential buyers.
The Docs for Sale staff is 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 suggest 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.
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.
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.
Once you have prepared your file you need to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org via an online file transfer service (for instance: https://www.myairbridge.com/en). Before you send the file please take care in naming it clearly and correctly. You can add further information about version, codec, resolution and date if you wish to. As we receive hundreds of submissions, the title of your film is the most important component.
Here is an example of a clear naming convention whereby we immediately know the title, specifically for DfS, a final version and date of file creation: Bee Eaters_DFS _Final version_25102016.mp4
Your film will be online for one year.
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.
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