Submit to IDFA 2019

    The submission deadline for IDFA 2019 has passed. Submissions for IDFA 2020 will open in March.

    To submit to IDFA's markets, please check the separate info pages for IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale.

    Submission deadlines

    Our two submission deadlines are:

    • May 1st, 2019 – for all films and interactive/immersive projects completed between August 1st, 2018 and April 30th, 2019.
    • August 1st, 2019 – for all films and interactive/immersive projects completed after April 30th, 2019.

    We encourage you to submit your work as soon as it is completed.

    Submitting your film to IDFA

    Please read the regulations carefully before submitting your documentary film. For any questions about submitting your film to IDFA, take a look at our IDFA submission FAQs, or get in touch with us.

    Submitting your immersive/interactive project to IDFA DocLab

    Submit your immersive/interactive work via the separate DocLab entry form. Be sure to read the regulations carefully before submitting your project. IDFA DocLab is open to all sorts of formats that tell a documentary story or explore unknown realities, including web docs, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, physical installations, multimedia journalism, and live performances. For the complete list of formats that DocLab accepts, please refer to the DocLab submission FAQs. All projects submitted to DocLab will be considered for the Digital Storytelling Award and the Immersive Non-Fiction Award.

    What's new in IDFA program sections

    This year, we are pleased to announce that the program sections Frontlight, Luminous, Best of Fests, Masters, and Paradocs are open to films of any duration, including short films. The IDFA Competition for Short Documentary will now only accept world, international, and European premieres. After a successful first year of IDFA on Stage, this program section is now included in our entry form and is officially open for submissions. Finally, the IDFA award structure will be further developed in 2019. We look forward to sharing the details of these developments with you soon.

    Updates to the submission process

    To help facilitate the submission process, there are now separate entry forms for IDFA and IDFA DocLab. Likewise, you will find separate FAQ pages for submitting films and submitting interactive/immersive projects.


    As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering an inclusive festival experience, we are working to remove several access barriers in our programming this year. If your film is selected, we encourage you to provide more accessible film formats when possible. We will contact you about whether you have a version available with full English subtitles, Closed Captioning and/or Descriptive Sound. For more information, please see our accessibility page.

    Closed Captioned (CC): Display of text on a screen to provide additional or interpretive information.

    Descriptive Sound (DS): A digitally compatible described narration system for the blind and visually impaired with headphones