IDFA 2021 festival submissions

    You can now submit films and projects for IDFA 2021! Read an overview of all important information and deadlines below. The 34th edition of the festival takes place November 17 to 28, 2021.

    New in 2021

    • IDFA now has two main competitions for film: the International Competition and the Envision Competition. Next to these are the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary and the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary.
    • Each competition has its own award(s). There are also three cross-section awards for best first feature, best Dutch documentary, and best creative use of archive. Films in the main competitions, Luminous, and Frontlight can be nominated for the first award. Films in all program sections can be nominated for the second and third award.
    • In place of the former competitions for Dutch, mid-length, student, and debut feature films, IDFA will now select these films in relevant competitions and sections throughout the program.

    Read all about the competitions and awards at IDFA this year. Before you submit your film or project, we recommend that you read the regulations carefully, as well as the FAQ for film submissions or interactive/immersive project submissions. That way you won't have any surprises.

    Want to know more about our new competition structure? Check out the news article.

    About IDFA

    IDFA selects approximately 250 titles every year in several competitions, a wide range of non-competitive program sections, and an expansive new media program with works showcased in a physical exhibition or as experimental live performances. With locations across Amsterdam (and in 2020, also online), the festival welcomes some 295,000 visitors annually, including 3,300 industry professionals and 40,000 school children, making it the world’s largest and most influential documentary film and new media festival.

    Submission deadlines

    Our submission deadlines are:

    • May 1, 2021 – early deadline for films
    • July 1, 2021 – for all performances and interactive/immersive new media projects
    • July 15, 2021 – final deadline for films

    We encourage you to submit your documentary film or interactive/submersive project as soon as it is completed.

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