Program sections

    Every year, our festival program showcases the latest work by beloved documentary filmmakers, reviews the past year's festival hits, presents focus programs with social or artistic urgency, and much more. There's lots to see and do! For IDFA's competitions, click here.


    The 18 films selected for the non-competitive section Frontlight encourage a deeper understanding of the world today, examining the zeitgeist from lesser-heard perspectives.

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    What does it feel like to be alive today? The 20 films selected for the non-competitive section Luminous answer this question from a kaleidoscope of perspectives and shifting certainties.

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    IDFA DocLab Spotlight

    Part of IDFA's new media program, IDFA DocLab Spotlight offers a selection of documentary art across disciplines by masters and new talents, as well as special research projects. Presented in 2020 as part of the do {not} touch program.

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    IDFA on Stage

    As part of the do {not} touch program, the non-competitive program section IDFA on Stage offers, for the first time, a combination of live events in Amsterdam and online.

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    In the Paradocs section, IDFA showcases 11 of the year’s best experimental documentary artworks. Pushing time to its cinematic limits. Peeling back layers of representation. These films will make you question what you’re really seeing.

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    In the Masters section, IDFA selects titles from today’s auteurs of documentary cinema, whose renowned names and careers never disappoint.

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    Guest of Honor Gianfranco Rosi: Retrospective & Top 10

    This year's Guest of Honor is Italian director Gianfranco Rosi. The only filmmaker to win top awards at two A-list festivals with documentary films, Rosi's work will be in the spotlight at IDFA 2020 with a Retrospective and a Top 10 program of his favorite films.

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    See the Top 10

    Best of Fests

    Striking documentary films from the international festival circuit are central to Best of Fests. The program showcases prize-winners, public favorites, and high-profile titles from the past year.

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