Submit your interactive documentary to IDFA DocLab

    IDFA DocLab is open to all sorts of works that use new media to represent reality, ranging from digital non-fiction storytelling and art to physical installations, virtual reality experiences, live performance and multimedia projects.

    Entry is now closed; the selection will be announced in early November.

    IDFA DocLab Regulations 2017

    The following requirements are specific to projects submitted to IDFA DocLab. Please also refer to IDFA's general Entry Regulations before filling out the entry form.

    • Submitted projects will be considered
      (1) for the IDFA DocLab Competition,
      (2) as an installation for our festival exhibition,
      (3) as a performance at our live cinema events and/or
      (4) for the IDFA DocLab Online Database
    • Projects selected as part of the competition program are eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling as well as the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award.
    • Projects should be submitted via a password-protected (streaming) link, a download link to the VR build/360 video file (preferably by Dropbox/Google Drive), an app download package or game install.
    • We can view projects on most platforms/devices, including MAC, PC, iOS, Android, Steam, Sony Play Station, X-box, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive or Google Daydream / cardboard. In case of a performance, installation, or for a platform not specified above, please include visual/written documentation.
    • Documentaries will be presented to a general audience as well as professionals. The documentaries will be presented with English dialogue or in their original versions with English subtitles. We advise you to also subtitle projects if they are spoken in English which is hard to grasp for non-native speakers, i.e. an accent or slang. 
    • The IDFA DocLab program and competition are open to unreleased projects, as well as projects that have been made publicly available on the internet after August 2016. Priority is given to projects that have not yet been presented at other events or festivals.
    • Although we strongly prefer to be sent final versions, we do accept works-in-progress. We do not select unfinished projects, but do recognize that at the time of submission your project might be a rough draft. Please note however that we will not consider multiple iterations of the same work-in-progress.

    Selection procedure

    When a project is selected, the festival will notify the applicant, director, creator and/or producer no later than October 11, 2017. Once a work has been selected, creators may use the IDFA logo and the relevant IDFA laurel for publicity purposes. These files will be sent to them in digital form. 

    If selected, works will be showcased as part of the annual IDFA DocLab Exhibition and/or one of the Live Cinema Events. Creators of all selected projects will be asked to provide the following:

    • Film stills (high resolution, at least 3Mb each). Stills can be uploaded through MyIDFA or can be sent by email to the project's contact person at the Program Department.
    • Separate electronic press kit (EPK) with a passport-sized photo of the creators, a synopsis, a list of credits, biography and/or filmography. Additional material is welcome.
    • A high res video file of the trailer (if applicable).
    • Any of the required materials to bring the project to life in the festival exhibition. This could be the link to a website, the final build of a VR project/game, or the pieces of an installation. This will be done in close cooperation with one of our exhibition producers.

    Will I be invited to attend the festival?

    We want to encourage everyone to attend the festival and artists involved in a project selected for the DocLab program are eligible for a free guest badge. In some cases, we will also offer help with accommodation and travel expenses, however this support is limited and priority will be given to persons involved in specific festival events. Anyone who wishes to attend the festival must fill out the online accreditation form through MyIDFA.


    All IDFA entries will be charged an administration fee of €40 per entry.

    • In case you fill in a company which is based outside the Netherlands in the billing address you will not be charged additional VAT by IDFA, but you will have to pay your VAT duties in your own country. If this is within the European Union, you need to fill in your VAT details in the billing address field. For general VAT rules within the EU please go to EU Tax and Customs info.
    • If you have a company based outside the EU IDFA will not charge VAT but you will need to check your tax regulations in your own country and act accordingly.
    • All Dutch submissions and all submissions done by private persons only (with no company attached) will need to pay VAT and will be charged in the IDFA invoice.

    Address and contact information

    International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
    Frederiksplein 52
    1017 XN Amsterdam
    The Netherlands
    Phone +31 20 6273329

    Questions concerning regulations and/or entry forms should be directed to