Internship: Program Department

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is the largest documentary film festival in the world and takes place each November over the course of 12 days in Amsterdam. Every year, some 290,000 tickets are sold and 3,000 international guests make their way to Amsterdam. The organization is headquartered in the Dutch capital and consists of 30 part-time and full-time employees throughout the year. In the months leading up to the festival, the staff doubles in size with temporary employees and interns. As an IDFA intern, you are a full-fledged member of a department. You are assigned tasks and responsibilities that allow you to learn and gain considerable experience. Besides getting to know your own department, you will also get to know the documentary film industry through your contact with filmmakers, producers, sales agents and distributors, and will work with other departments within IDFA. 

    Internship Program Department

    IDFA’s selection process involves active research and two selection rounds during which films can be submitted. As a Program Department intern you also get the chance to experience part of the research phase. During the selection rounds, all submitted films are evaluated by a team of viewers before the Festival Director compiles or approves the program. As a Program Department intern, you manage the submitted films, send them to the viewers and remain in contact with them regarding selection. After selections have been made, you are assigned a number of films and are responsible for gathering information for online publications, catalogue and programming. You also arrange for (digital) transport of the films. During the festival, you attend screenings of “your” films, you meet the filmmakers and welcome them to IDFA. You are a full-fledged member of the department, which, under the leadership of the Artistic Director, consists of five programmers, a program producer and three interns. If a research project is required for your course of study this can be arranged in consultation with the organization.


    You are creative, flexible, communicative, stress resistant and work well with others. You have a great affinity with documentary cinema and have seen a considerable number of documentaries. You are nearing the end of your course of study (usually related to film) and have the time take up an internship. You can work well in a hectic environment and you are very organized. You don’t mind working long hours in the weeks leading up to the festival and thrive when you’re working to several strict deadlines. You are a quick learner when it comes to new software, you aren’t afraid of talking on the phone and you speak English fluently.

    Tasks and responsibilities

    • Assisting in film program research
    • Processing entry forms in the film database
    • Corresponding with directors, producers and sales agents regarding selection, programming films and side programming
    • Collecting material for the catalogue, website and other forms of communication
    • Assuming responsibility for the transport of films to and from the festival
    • Occasionally introducing premieres during the festival

    Contract information

    There are three internships available: one from May 1 – December 7 and two from  July 1 - December 7, 2018. The internship is full-time; if time is needed to attend classes, we can discuss the possibilities. Remuneration is €300 per month for a full-time internship, lunch included; travel expenses within the Netherlands are covered if you live outside of Amsterdam during the internship. Travel costs to the Netherlands and accommodation are not covered by IDFA.

    How to apply

    Send a motivation letter and a CV as soon as possible to Annabet Langkamp at, preferably both as pdf attachments. In your letter, tell us why you would like to intern at IDFA and why you think you are a good fit for this internship.

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