IDFAcademy during IDFA

    An intensive four-day training program for emerging documentary filmmakers and producers

    IDFAcademy gives filmmakers the opportunity to meet a broad spectrum of highly esteemed documentary professionals who are willing to share their knowledge of the industry. During the training, the participants gain up-to-date market knowledge of the documentary industry and become street-smart about the current trends in documentary filmmaking. Trends and models in various parts of the world are dealt with to ensure that participants develop a broad view of the sector. The program consist of masterclasses of well-known directors and smaller sessions on subjects like outreach and distribution. Participants take part in round tables and one-on-ones so they can strengthen their network. See this year’s program.

    The IDFAcademy is open for directors and producers making their first or second film, who have proven their talent on a national scale and would like to expand their career internationally. Film students are not eligible for the IDFAcademy. The training program is open to a maximum of 100 participants. The group consists of filmmakers with a film in the IDFA program, filmmakers selected together with European film institutes and an amount of seats is allocated for sign-ups. Although the program is not project driven, participants have a project or finished film during their attendance. This ensures that participants are constantly applying the general knowledge and advice to their own documentary during the four days.

    The IDFAcademy during the festival takes place from Thursday November 15 until Sunday November 18. Please note the deadline for accreditation has now passed. The selection will be made mid October. For more information about the IDFAcademy send an email to

    Participating in IDFAcademy 2018 costs €230,-.

    IDFA Film Student Route

    IDFA and the Netherlands Film Academy present a new edition of the successful IDFA Film Student Route: a tailor made program for film students from film academies and film schools. A route through the IDFA program, full of inspiration and with the latest developments in today’s international documentary industry. The IDFA Film Student Route includes a.o. the IDFA Film Academy Day at the Netherlands Film Academy, films from the IDFA 2018 program with Q&A, masterclasses & network opportunities with international film students and professionals.

    Film academies and film schools are invited to apply for the IDFA Film Student Route. Attending students and teacher receive a special group discount of 15% on the IDFA Guest Pass.

    Please contact Dymme Plomp at

    IDFAcademy is made possible by Creative Europe Media, Dioraphte and Vevam