FAQ: IDFA Forum

    Frequently asked questions about IDFA Forum

    1. How can I submit a project for IDFA Forum?
    2. Is there a submission fee?
    3. Is it possible to receive a fee waver for the Forum entry fee?
    4. Can I enter more than one project?
    5. Is it mandatory to present visual material with my application?
    6. When will I know if my project was selected?
    7. If my project is not selected for the Forum, can I still attend as an observer?
    8. How do I request to be an observer at the Forum?
    9. Is there a presentation fee, and when and how do I pay it?
    10. Is there a registration fee for applying for an observer pass?
    11. Is there a fee for the observer pass, and when and how do I pay it?
    12. 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?
    13. Does IDFA Forum provide support towards travel and accommodation for selected projects?
    14. Which category should I apply to depending on the stage and goals of my project?
    15. I am an independent producer wanting to meet with Producers Connection projects. How can I apply?

    1. How can I submit a project for the IDFA Forum?
    By filling out the online IDFA Forum entry form. There are separate entry forms for submitting to IDFA Forum (Pitch & Rough Cut Presentation), IDFA DocLab Forum, and Producers Connection. You can find all forms 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. We offer the following methods to pay the entry fee:
    i. Credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, and American Express
    ii. iDeal

    Payment should take place as quickly as possible and within two weeks after submission of our online entry form. Entries will not be processed and taken into consideration until your payment has been received.

    3. Is it possible to receive a fee waiver for the Forum entry fee?
    We only provide fee waivers for filmmakers who are based in a country on the IDFA Bertha Fund country list. If you are a producer with a production company registered in one of these countries, please get in touch with the Forum team via forum@idfa.nl to see if you’re eligible for a fee waiver.

    4. 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.

    5. Is it mandatory to present visual material with my application?
    No, providing a trailer or other visual material of your project is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended because it’s difficult for our selection committee to judge a project without visuals. If you do not have material of the project yet, you can also send previous work. For more information about sending additional material see the Checklist for IDFA Forum entry.

    6. When will I know if my project was selected?
    We will inform you by the end of August if your project will go to the next selection round. If your project reaches this round, we will inform you end of September of the final selection results. Please refer to the Checklist for IDFA Forum entry for more information on selection procedures.

    7. 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 was not 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 by October 20 about whether the observer seat application has been granted. For more information, please see our accreditation page.

    8. How do I request to be an observer at the Forum?
    You can request to be an observer by creating/logging into your MyIDFA account and going to the Accreditations section. From there, choose the Accreditation IDFA 2022 – Festival & Markets form. We start accepting accreditation entries from July 1, 2022.

    9. Is there a presentation fee, and when and how do I pay it?
    Yes, there is a fee for presenting your project at the Forum. The presentation fee includes two Forum passes for the project 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 presentation fee through our secured website.

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

    11. 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 from our guest services with instructions on how to pay.

    12. 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.

    13. Does IDFA Forum provide support towards travel and accommodation for selected projects?
    Unfortunately, we are not able to provide support towards travel and accommodation.

    14. Which category should I apply to depending on the stage and goals of my project?
    IDFA Forum aims to support projects at different stages of production. Producers Connection is best suited to projects in early development or development, thinking through their financing structures and narrative storylines, with an emphasis on international coproduction. Creatively, these projects can still be in the gestation stage and could welcome collaborative feedback from production partners. The Forum Pitch presentation welcomes projects at any stage of production (except rough cut) that are looking for financing and distribution collaboration. Creatively, these projects are more mature and advanced than those in Producers Connection. The Rough Cut presentation welcomes projects that are in editing or rough cut stage, far along in post-production, and almost ready for distribution. These projects are looking for gap financing, finalizing sales and distribution strategies and securing world premieres in high-quality festivals.

    15. I am an independent producer wanting to meet with Producers Connection projects. How can I apply?
    The Producers Connection presentation welcomes producers from all over the world with a track record in coproducing, including from countries with demonstrable financing for minority coproduction. The Producers Connection presentation is specially scheduled to occur before the Forum Pitches so that participating producers can seamlessly attend both events with the same Observer Pass. To attend Producers Connection, please submit here.

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