Who can attend IDFA Forum?

    On this page, you can learn more about how IDFA Forum engages different groups of documentary professionals.

    To attend IDFA Forum, please submit your accreditation form before October 1, 2022 via MyIDFA. Please note that as of this date, your submission will not be taken into consideration. For details on the cost of the IDFA Forum pass, please see our accreditation information.

    This year’s edition will be a comprehensive live event that welcomes professionals and film teams to take part in the Forum 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 project teams, industry representatives, financiers, and observers to physically attend on site. For Forum guests, the market sections Producers Connection, Forum Pitch, DocLab Forum, and Rough Cut Presentations will all include in-person presentations and curated one-on-one meetings in Amsterdam.

    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?

    IDFA Forum welcomes all professionals with a serious and demonstrable interest in the documentary sector—including independent producers, financiers, commissioning editors, sales agents, distributors, digital platforms, and funds—to actively attend the market.

    If you are interested in attending the IDFA DocLab Forum, find out more here.

    All accreditation applications undergo a selection process; registration for IDFA 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 or affiliated production companies. If the Forum pass cannot be granted, you have the option to change your accreditation to a festival pass.

    Attending IDFA Forum in different capacities

    Selected projects

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

    Observers

    IDFA Forum offers independent producers the opportunity to attend the Forum to observe the pitches and to coordinate their own meetings with Forum industry professionals. If you are a producer who applied for IDFA Forum but your project was not selected, you can still apply to attend the event as an Observer. By attending the presentation and listening to the responses of the industry representatives and financiers, Observers get a unique insight into the documentary market and can learn more about the preferences and profiles of individual companies, funders, broadcasters, and other industry 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. All Observer accreditation applications will undergo a selection process due to high demand.

    Independent producers with a track record in co-production who wish to find new projects and network with international colleagues can request to participate in the Producers Connection. These independent producers take part in the project presentations and are invited to meet with projects of interest. Participants selected for Producers Connection automatically receive Observer access to the other Forum presentations and venues.

    IDFA Forum is a producers' Forum; if you are a director, you cannot apply for an Observer seat.

    Industry representatives and financiers

    Financiers, commissioning editors, distributors, sales agents, film funds, digital platforms, film institutes, NGOs, MEDIA Desks, and other film organizations are welcome to attend IDFA Forum as industry representatives and financiers.

    Industry representatives and financiers are requested to be present and actively participate in the Forum Pitch in addition to signing up for one-on-one meetings with the pitch teams. These follow-up meetings between the industry representatives and financiers and producers 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.

    Are you new to IDFA Forum and interested in attending the next edition as an industry representative or financier? Then please get in touch with the Forum team at forum@idfa.nl to set up a phone call, where we can give you more information about how the event works.

    The deadline for accreditation is October 1, 2022.

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