FAQ: IDFA Forum

    Frequently asked questions about IDFA Forum

    1. How can I submit a project for the IDFA Forum?
    2. Is there a submission fee?
    3. Can I enter more than one project?
    4. What is the difference between a Central Pitch and a Round Table pitch application?
    5. What is 'real market money'?
    6. Is it mandatory to present visual material with my application?
    7. When will I know if my project was selected?
    8. How can I sign up for the EDN Pitch Training?
    9. If my project is not selected for the Forum, can I still attend as an observer?
    10. Is there a pitching fee, and when and how do I pay it?
    11. Is there a registration fee for applying for an observer pass?
    12. Is there a fee for the observer pass, and when and how do I pay it?
    13. Do I have access to IDFA screenings and events if my project is selected for the Forum or if I am attending as an observer?

    1. How can I submit a project for the IDFA Forum?
    By filling out the online IDFA Forum entry form. You can find this form in the MyIDFA section of this website. Make sure you create a MyIDFA account first. Also make sure that your project meets our entry regulations and that you fill in all the required material in the entry form.

    Please read our Entry Regulations and Checklist for IDFA Forum entry form first. 

    2. Is there a submission fee?
    Yes, there is a submission fee of €25 excl. VAT.

    3. Can I enter more than one project?
    You can enter more than one project per production company, but we select a maximum of two projects per production company.

    4. What is the difference between the pitching categories?
    The Round Table pitches take places in our smaller halls. Decision makers indicate in advance if they want to attend the pitch and there is more time for feedback and discussion.
    The Central pitches take place is the larger central hall. Decision makers are placed around a U-shaped table and are asked for short comments. For both categories all production phases are eligible (except rough cut) and you don't need financing in place. 
    The Rough Cut section is for projects that have a rough cut in October and are searching for distributors and TV buyers.
    See Pitch Categories for more information.

    5. What is 'real market money'?
    'Real market money' is money invested by a third party, for example a broadcaster or film fund. Investments by the producer or co-producer and contribution in kind are not considered 'real market money'.

    6. Is it mandatory to present visual material with my application?
    No, providing images and a trailer (max. 3 minutes) of your project is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended. If you do not have material of the project yet, you can also send sample work. For more information about the visual materials see the Checklist for IDFA Forum entry.

    7. When will I know if my project was selected?
    We will inform you by the end of September if your project will go to the next selection round or not. If your project is in the next selection round we will inform you mid-October whether you are selected or not. Please refer to the Checklist for IDFA Forum entry for more information on selection procedures.

    8. How can I sign up for the EDN Pitch Training?
    If your project is selected, you will receive a detailed e-mail with all information about the EDN pitch training, the deadlines for signing up and the costs.

    9. If my project is not selected for the Forum, can I still attend as an observer?
    Yes. Observer seat requests can be made by producers who entered a project that wasn't selected. There is a limited number of seats reserved for observers. Because of the large demand for seats we are forced to make a selection. Only one person per production company is allowed to apply for an observer pass. All applicants are informed in October whether the observer seat application was honored.

    10. Is there a pitching fee, and when and how do I pay it?
    Yes, there is a fee for pitching your project at the Forum. The fee depends on the kind of pitch. The pitching fee includes two Forum passes for the pitching team, usually the director and the producer. Please consult the list of fees provided in the IDFA Forum entry regulations
    Once your project is selected you will receive an invoice by email with instructions on how to pay the pitching fee through our secured website. Online payment requires a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or PayPall. Please contact us if you can't use this form of payment. 

    11. Is there a registration fee for applying for an observer pass?
    No, there is no fee due for observer seat applications. 

    12. Is there a fee for the observer pass, and when and how do I pay it?
    Yes, there is a fee for observers. Please consult the list of fees provided in our accreditation information. If you are selected for an observer seat, you will receive an invoice by email with instructions on how to make a secure credit card payment through our website. Online payment requires a credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or PayPall. Please contact us if you can't use this form of payment. 

    13. Do I have access to IDFA screenings and events if my project is selected for the Forum or if I am attending as an observer?
    Yes, all Forum participants receive an IDFA festival pass. This pass will give you access to all screenings (including Industry screenings) and events during the festival. Please make sure to fill out the accreditation form as well. The accreditation form will be online from July through MyIDFA.