IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop

    Young talents develop a film plan under the guidance of renowned documentary makers

    During the annual IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop, six young Dutch-speaking talents develop a documentary plan in text and images.

    See the 2019 tutors & participants


    During the workshop, participants are guided in the process of researching, structuring their idea, and writing a film plan that could result in a 50- or 55-minute documentary, a 25-minute documentary, or a web documentary. In addition to a collaborative discussion of the film plans, several inspirational guest lessons are delivered by directors and professionals from other disciplines. Each participant is linked to a producer in the process, and receives €5,000 to develop a teaser. Participants meet on average once a week and can expect about 2/3 days of work per week. During IDFA, the film plans and teasers are presented to the Dutch public broadcasters. At this meeting, the winning film from the IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop receives the Karen de Bok Talent Award and a development contribution of up to €25,000 from the NPO Fund.


    The IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop is intended for emerging documentary makers who have at least one (short) documentary to their name that shows talent and ambition, and that has been screened on television or another leading platform (festival, cinema, digital platform, etc.). Filmmakers cannot be permanent employees of a participating Dutch broadcaster.

    The working language of the workshop is Dutch. Filmmakers must have a command of the Dutch language in both speaking and writing. All participants must be well prepared and present at all meetings.

    Dates & application deadlines

    The IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop takes place from the end of August until the end of November 2019 in Amsterdam. The introduction meeting takes place in the first week of July.

    The application deadline is April 12. Selection interviews will take place in May/June. The application form asks for a detailed motivation letter, CV, links to previous work and a description of the research already done. Participation in the workshop costs €500.

    Please note the application deadline has passed for the 2019 edition of the workshop.

    Participants of the 2019 IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop

    The IDFAcademy & NPO Fund Workshop is part of IDFA's talent development program supported by the NPO Fund, Creative Europe Media, Dioraphte, Vevam and Videoland Academy.