How to watch films in the IDFA collection

    Want to watch films in our online collection, but don't know where to start? Check out our viewing guide below for all the details.

    Navigating the online collection

    • Within the list films and projects you can watch online, the titles are listed alphabetically.
    • You can search for a specific title or filmmaker via the search bar at the top of the screen.
    • You can also navigate the collection using filters such as:
      • program section in which the title screened at IDFA;
      • the film or project length (run time);
      • and the IDFA edition (year) in which the title screened.

    Tips for better viewing conditions

    • As there’s no dedicated app for iOS, Android, or smart TVs yet, our online collection is best navigated on a web browser.
    • While you can watch the films however you like, our advice is to use the largest screen available. Please keep in mind that if you watch on a small screen such as a mobile phone, you will miss some elements of the image as well as the sound.
    • If available, we suggest using an HDMI cable from a computer to your TV screen. An alternative option is a screen sharing solution such as Apple TV or Chromecast.
    • Audio quality is equally important as image quality. Using headphones is one way to get good sound and enjoy a more immersive experience. If you have a sound system, simply connect it the same way you would when watching Netflix or Amazon Prime: directly from your TV’s HDMI ARC, or Optical Audio Out.
    • If your Internet connection allows, choose the highest streaming quality available in the settings of the player window. If the video is stopping or buffering, try lowering the streaming quality settings, or set them to Automatic.

    How to watch a film

    Once you have navigated to the film you would like to watch, click on the title. This will take you to the film page. Once you’re on the film page, hit the play button on the top left of the screen, above the film’s title. This will take you to a third-party streaming platform such as Vimeo, YouTube, or iTunes.

    Free films

    Once you’ve clicked through to the provided streaming platform, a pop-up window or new browser tab will open. If the film is available for free, it will start streaming immediately.

    Rented films

    Once you’ve clicked through to the provided streaming platform, the film’s trailer will start playing via a pop-up window or a new tab in your browser. These pages are set up by the films’ rights holders; all proceeds made from online streaming will go directly to them.

    If watching in Vimeo, you’ll see a price in the top right corner of the pop-up window. Click on the price, and follow the instructions provided to pay the contribution online and start watching the film.

    If watching on YouTube or another platform, follow their respective instructions to pay the contribution and start watching. You will need to make an account with the individual streaming platform before you can rent (or in some cases, buy) the film.

    How to watch a new media project

    To experience our collection of new media projects from IDFA DocLab, different viewing formats often apply. Get yourself oriented with our separate viewing guide for DocLab projects.

    Regional availability

    Please note: depending on individual distribution licenses, some of the films and projects are not available to view worldwide. We are currently developing a new feature to better indicate which titles are available for international viewers. We look forward to sharing this update with you soon!

    Film tips

    Not sure where to start? Take a look at some tips from our programmers, which include curated pathways through the collection as well as a selection of IDFA films that were scheduled to be cinemas but are now available online.

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