Statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

    In these turbulent times, our thoughts and sympathy go out to everyone whose health is at stake and to their loved ones. In addition, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends from film festivals and cultural institutions in the Netherlands and worldwide, as well as with all filmmakers and film professionals, who have been hard hit by this pandemic and the additional economic instability.

    IDFA 2020 festival submissions now open

    We are now accepting submissions for IDFA 2020! Send us your films, performances, and interactive/immersive projects to be considered for the 33rd edition of IDFA, taking place November 18th to 29th, 2020.

    Pathways: film selections to watch at home

    To guide you through our online catalogue of films, we've compiled a couple of selections, tailored to the current situation. You can find them below.

    Filmmaker Olga Delane scores IDFA Project Award at East Doc Platform

    On March 13, filmmaker-to-watch Olga Delane took home the IDFA Project Award for her new documentary project Black Spot Karabash (Poland/Germany). Handed out at East Doc Platform in Prague, the award has secured the talented director accreditation at IDFA Forum 2020 in November and meetings with relevant decision makers, all expenses covered.

    Emerging Indian director receives IDFA Project Award at DocedgeKolkata

    Rising Indian filmmaker Sarvnik Kaur has won the IDFA Project Award for her documentary project Against the Tide. Handed out early last week at DocedgeKolkata, the award goes annually to one promising filmmaker at the Asian documentary forum. The prize package includes an invitation to IDFAcademy during IDFA 2020, travel, accommodation, and meetings with relevant industry professionals during the festival.

    IDFA Bertha Fund supports 8 new projects through IBF Classic

    Today the IDFA Bertha Fund is happy to present the latest IBF Classic selection. Concluding its winter selection round, the Fund has granted a total of €115,000 to eight documentary projects in development or (post-)production. Highlights include six female-directed projects, and two projects from Venezuela and Brazil.

    IDFA joins urgent call for freedom of filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof

    The European Film Academy, The Cannes Film Festival, the Deutsche Filmakademie, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Filmfest Hamburg, the IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), the Netherlands Film Fund and the Accademia del cinema italiano-Premi David di Donatello wish to express their deepest concern about the imminent incarceration of the Iranian film director Mohammad Rasoulof.

    Postponed | IDFA Meets Bo Hanna: Complex Realities

    *** POSTPONED ***To safeguard the health of our visitors, this event has been postponed to a later date (exact date t.b.d). We will reach out to ticket buyers by mail.

    Introducing IDFA Meets: sharing creative documentaries and new perspectives. All year round.

    IDFA Meets is IDFA's new event series for an emerging generation of documentary viewers. Each time at a different location, with a different Amsterdam collaborator, and always with special side programming.

    IDFA DocLab launches Open Call for R&D Proposals 2020

    Our new media program IDFA DocLab is now calling for proposals to the IDFA DocLab R&D Program. Read more about the innovative research and development framework for non-fiction art, and send in your proposal by March 6, 2020.