IDFA Forum Setup

    IDFA Forum offers different presentation formats tailored to each project

    IDFA Forum offers producers, directors, and creators of artistic, innovative projects (one-offs and series) with international (theatrical) potential the opportunity to pitch their projects to leading professionals in the documentary and new media industries. Creative non-linear new media projects with an emphasis on interactivity are welcome to apply to the IDFA DocLab Forum.

    Presentations are done in two formats: the Round Table Pitches or the Rough Cut Screenings. Both presentation formats are open for all Forum attendees, and are followed up by one-on-one meetings. In all cases, the project teams will be introduced to industry experts and potential collaborators who can dramatically shape their future trajectories and potential for success.

    Round Table Pitch

    The project team (consisting of the producer and director) presents the project to a hand-picked group of decision makers ranging from 10 to 15 people. The pitch is an opportunity to discuss the content and form of the project and discover which relevant steps can take the project further.

    Project teams get 20 minutes total for their presentation: the pitch, including visual material such as a trailer or selected scenes, lasts around 10 minutes; the following 10 minutes are set aside for feedback from the panel. All presentations can be customized to fit the needs of the team and the project. The teams will get feedback from a tailor-made group of potential financiers matched to each project being pitched, to allow room for in-depth conversations about the artistic intentions and goals of the team.

    Alternatively, some projects that are solely looking for co-producers may benefit from a presentation without feedback; this option can be discussed as well.

    Observers in the Round Table Pitch
    IDFA Forum values the process of transparent knowledge sharing, which helps the international documentary community to connect, grow and flourish. By creating a platform where both seasoned and less-experienced participants can learn, share, and interrogate documentary trends, IDFA Forum contributes to an open and pluriform documentary network. The Round Table Pitches are open for Forum delegates to observe; depending on the specific pitching room there is space for between 50 and 250 people (including potential co-producers and financiers).

    Genre-specific Round Table Pitches

    Within the Round Table Pitch category, there are also three genre-specific pitches:

    1. Arts and Culture
    Within this genre, documentaries on all art forms (including applied arts) are accepted, from in-depth studies of the creative process or artists in their historical and/or social context to documentaries on artistic trends. To enhance in-depth discussion and increase the potential for co-production and co-financing, the selected projects are programmed together in a single pitch slot with professionals working in the field of arts and culture. The Forum strives for a selection that covers the wide range of the arts and culture genre.

    2. Documentaries for Children
    Projects targeting an audience of 9 to 12 years old are presented in this genre-specific slot, in which 2 to 4 projects are presented to professionals working in this field. Additional discussions and/or networking events are organized in collaboration with RealYoung for professionals interested in this genre.

    3. New Media
    The IDFA DocLab Forum is open to all kinds of interactive projects in all production stages, ranging from webdocs, virtual reality and artificial intelligence projects to physical installations, multimedia journalism, live performances and everything else that tells a documentary story or explores unknown realities.

    Rough Cut Screenings

    Presented in collaboration with Docs for Sale, the Rough Cut Screenings cater to documentary projects that are in the final stages of production. The Rough Cut presentations offer project teams the opportunity to share approximately 30 minutes of edited material with decision makers such as sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, and TV buyers. An introduction and a short question-and-answer session bookend the screening, altogether comprising a total presentation slot of 45 minutes.

    The cinema hall offers room to around 100 professionals. Besides the cinema presentation, IDFA offers a secured video presentation on the Docs for Sale online catalogue and at the on-site Docs for Sale venue. One-on-one meetings are planned for after the presentation.

    One-on-one meetings & finding potential co-producers
    Parallel to all presentations, we organize one-on-one meetings between all project teams and various decision makers and other experts. Over the course of IDFA Forum, places are reserved for approximately 1,000 prearranged one-on-one meetings. If project teams indicate that they are looking for co-producers, the Forum team will also schedule meetings with producers attending the Forum.

    Matchmaking in pitches and one-on-one meetings

    We facilitate which decision makers attend specific pitches and one-on-one meetings based on the following criteria: input from decision makers who indicate upfront which pitches they would like to attend; input from the pitch teams; and the matchmaking expertise of the Forum team. In order to inform all participants in time about the projects, we will distribute project information several weeks before the Forum kicks off.