Who can attend IDFA DocLab Forum?

    This year’s edition will be a comprehensive live event that welcomes professionals from the film and new media fields to take part in person in a new venue: Felix Meritis. Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic Jordaan district, steps from the festival center, the new location will house both IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale under the same roof for the first time. A dynamic marketplace focused on bringing the industry together, the location will welcome artists, XR producers, filmmakers, industry representatives, financiers, and observers to physically attend on site.

    To accommodate those who are unable to travel, we will facilitate online participation in project presentations and meetings where necessary, and provide recordings of key presentations and industry talks after each event.

    Who can attend?

    All new media professionals working in emerging media and interactive/immersive storytelling and art, who have a serious and demonstrable interest in the non-fiction sector, are welcome to register for active attendance, whether as independent producer or creator, buyer, curator, distributor, technologist, exhibition platform, financier or fund.

    All accreditation applications undergo a selection process; registration for IDFA DocLab Forum does not guarantee accreditation. The organizers reserve the right to accept or reject an application.

    After the accreditation deadline, we will let you know as soon as possible if access to the Forum is granted. Due to high demand, the number of participants is limited to one participant per production company. If the Forum pass cannot be granted, you have the option to change your accreditation to a festival pass.

    Attending IDFA DocLab Forum in different capacities

    Selected projects

    Creators with a selected IDFA DocLab Forum project are eligible for a Forum pass. A maximum of two participants per project (preferably the creative artist and producer who will present the project) may attend the Forum, and their accreditation is covered through the presentation fee.

    Attending the DocLab Forum without a selected project

    IDFA Forum offers independent XR studios and production companies the opportunity to attend the Forum to observe the pitches and to coordinate their own meetings with Forum industry professionals. If you are a XR producer who applied for IDFA DocLab Forum but your project was not selected, you can also still apply to attend the event as an Observer. By attending the presentations and listening to the responses of the industry representatives and financiers, Observers get unique insight into the new media market and can learn more about the preferences and profiles of individual companies, funders, buyers, and other new media stakeholders. There are also social events targeting Observers, such as the Producers Breakfast and Forum Lunch as well as access to the Felix Meritis Industry Lounge.

    Industry representatives and financiers

    Funders, buyers, and other new media stakeholders are also invited to attend IDFA DocLab Forum as industry representatives, whether you are working at a new media fund, institute, broadcaster, museum, gallery, distribution platform, festival, tech company, or other new media organisation looking for content and collaboration.

    Industry representatives and financiers are requested to be present and actively participate in the DocLab Forum pitches in addition to signing up for one-on-one meetings with the project teams. These follow-up meetings between the industry representatives and creators provide an opportunity to discuss potential collaboration in a more intimate setting. Industry representatives and financiers who are already on board with a project are invited to endorse the project team during their presentation.

    New to IDFA DocLab Forum?

    Are you new to IDFA DocLab Forum and interested in attending the next edition as an industry representative and/or financier? Don’t hesitate get in touch with the DocLab Forum team at doclabforum@idfa.nl to set up a phone call, where we can give you more detailed information about how the event works.

    To attend IDFA DocLab Forum, please submit your accreditation information form before October 1, 2022 via MyIDFA.

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