Pitch Categories

    IDFA Forum offers a variety of different pitch formats tailored to each project

    IDFA Forum is open to artistic, innovative projects with international (theatrical) potential. Through the Crossmedia Forum, creative non-linear new media projects with an emphasis on interactivity are also welcome to apply. The Forum offers producers the opportunity to pitch their projects to leading professionals in the global documentary industry.

    Pitches are done in three formats: the Round Table pitch, the Central pitch and Rough Cut projects. All three are followed up in one-on-one meetings. Projects are selected for one of these formats depending on their genre, level of development and/or content. In all cases, the project will be introduced to industry experts who can dramatically shape their future trajectories and potential for success.

    Round Table pitches

    The Round Table Pitch offers the opportunity to pitch projects to a small table of decision makers (10) who have expressed interest in the project in advance. There is space for around 50 Forum delegates (including potential co-producers and financiers) in the audience.

    • Projects can be in all stages of production, except post-production/rough cut stage.
    • There are no restrictions regarding the amount of financing already in place.
    • Participants get 20 minutes to pitch, including a short trailer or other visual materials (for example: selected scenes) and including the discussion with the decision makers. Usually the pitch is around 10 minutes with another 10 minutes set aside for feedback.
    • In cases where a broadcaster, film board, or film institute is already on board, their presence at the pitch is highly desirable. Commitment from any aforementioned partners is not required to apply or be selected.
    • A moderator is present to coordinate post-pitch discussion and stimulate finance pledges.
    • Each project will have one-on-one meetings with professionals interested in the project, arranged by the Forum staff.
    • All projects are featured on the Forum website (through text and photos), where they can be viewed by decision makers who have a password. If you are a decision maker and want access to the online catalogue, please let the Forum staff know at idfaforum@idfa.nl.

    Genre-specific Round Table pitches

    Besides the regular Round Table pitches, there are also two genre-specific Round Table pitches:

    Arts and Culture
    The Forum strives for a selection that covers the wide range of the arts and culture genre. Within this genre documentaries on all art forms (including applied arts) are accepted, from in-depth studies of the creative process or artists in their historical and/or social context to documentaries on artistic trends. To enhance in-depth discussion and increase the potential for co-production, the selected projects are programmed together in a single Round Table pitch slot with commissioning editors working in the field of arts and culture.

    Youth Documentaries
    After two sidebar presentations showcasing documentaries geared at young audiences in 2014, IDFA Forum has given room to projects for an audience between 9-12 years old, looking to stimulate international collaborations in this burgeoning genre. Projects like Varicella and Tongue Cutters were presented in this setup in previous years. Additional discussions and/or networking events are organized in collaboration with RealYoung for professionals interested in this genre.

    Central pitches

    The Central Pitch takes place in a bigger hall offering room to a larger group of attendees. There is space for ca. 250 Forum delegates (including potential co-producers and financiers) in the audience. 

    • Projects can be in all stages of production, except post-production/rough cut stage.
    • There are no restrictions regarding the amount of financing already in place.
    • Projects should preferably be presented with a trailer (max. 3 minutes).
    • In cases where a broadcaster, film board, or film institute is already on board, their presence at the pitch is highly desirable. Commitment from any partners is not required to apply or be selected.
    • Each pitch takes 7 minutes and is followed by an 8 minute Q&A session, during which the decision-makers discuss the project with the producer and financier committed to the film.
    • Two moderators are present to advance post-pitch discussion and stimulate finance pledges.
    • Each project will have one-on-one meetings with commissioning editors interested in it, arranged by the Forum staff.
    • All projects are featured on the IDFA Forum website through text and photos, where they can be viewed by decision makers who have a password. If you are a decision maker and want access to the online catalogue, please let the Forum staff know at idfaforum@idfa.nl.

    Rough Cut Projects

    The Rough Cut Projects section caters to documentary projects that are in the final stages of production. IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale are partnering in this category which includes a secured video presentation on the IDFA website and pre-arranged individual meetings at the Forum and/or Docs for Sale venue.

    • Offers the opportunity to present your rough cut online to TV buyers, distributors, sales agents and festival programmers.
    • Projects previously pitched at IDFA Forum are encouraged to submit.
    • A minimum of 75% of your material must be shot.
    • Projects need to be looking for buyers, distributors/sales agents, and festivals. Preference is given to projects without a world sales agent.
    • Projects will have a screening of around 45 min. on Sunday, November 19 as well as an online presentation.
    • The online presentation consists of a video message (not mandatory but highly recommended) with explanatory notes about the status of the rough cut, what you are looking for (sales, festivals, etc.), followed by the rough cut. Preferably a 20-minute scene selection or part of the rough cut is also available. 
    • If you are selected, the online presentation (incl. rough cut) and scene selection must be delivered by Friday October 20, 2017. 
    • Producers will benefit from one-on-one meetings with Forum decision makers and Docs for Sale Acquisition delegates.
    • All projects are placed on the IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale website, where they can be viewed by decision makers who have a password. If you are a decision maker and want access to the online catalogue, please let the Forum staff know at idfaforum@idfa.nl.