IDFAcademy during IDFA

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

    Taking place every November during IDFA, IDFAcademy gives emerging international filmmakers the opportunity to meet a broad spectrum of highly esteemed documentary professionals willing to share their knowledge of the industry.


    During this intensive four-day training program, participants gain up-to-date market knowledge of the documentary industry and learn first-hand 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 the 2019 program.


    IDFAcademy is open to 100 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 IDFAcademy. Although the program is not project-driven, participants should 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 day program. See this past year's participants.


    The next IDFAcademy will take place from Thursday, November 19 until Sunday, November 22, 2020. Accreditation form will be online July 1 and the selection will be made mid-October. For more information about IDFAcademy, please email

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    IDFA Film Student Route

    IDFA and the Netherlands Film Academy organize the IDFA Film Student Route: a tailor made program for film students from film academies and film schools. This is an inspiring route through the IDFA program that includes the latest developments in today’s international documentary industry. The IDFA Film Student Route includes, among other activities, the IDFA Film Academy Day at the Netherlands Film Academy, films from the IDFA 2020 program with Q&As, extensive masterclasses, and 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 on the IDFA Guest Pass.

    Please contact Dymme Plomp at

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