IDFAcademy during IDFA

    An intensive 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.

    IDFAcademy during IDFA 2021: In Amsterdam and online

    IDFAcademy during IDFA 2021 took place both in-person and online, not as a hybrid event, but rather two consecutive programs designed for different needs of participants.

    The in-person event took place from November 18 to 21 with 64 participants, who were split into smaller groups according to their professional needs. This way the program was more personal and tailored for those who can travel to Amsterdam, with round tables and feedback from professionals, which can now be more in-depth and detailed.

    The online program for the smaller group of 20 participants unable to travel to Amsterdam, took place November 22 to 24, focused on the exchange of ideas, experiences, and feedback. They were able to follow pre-recorded talks and specially produced content with inspirational speakers from the studio live in Amsterdam and took part in group meetings.

    The overall approach is intended to get each filmmaker the most accurately targeted possible support depending on their needs and the stage their projects are in, and to connect them to other segments of IDFA, letting them discover other exciting projects, directors, and producers.

    IDFA Film Student Route

    Every year, 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 2022 program with Q&As, extensive masterclasses, and network opportunities with international film students and professionals. Attending students and teachers also receive a special group discount on the IDFA Guest Pass.

    Is your film academy or film school interested in attending the IDFA Film Student Route in 2022? Then please contact IDFAcademy at

    IDFA's talent development program is made possible by The Netherlands Film Fund, Creative Europe Media, NPO Fund and Videoland.

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