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    Renewed partnership with Lutfia Rabbani Foundation​ brings Arab film talents to IDFAcademy

    IDFA and the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation are proud to announce the continuation of their partnership that enables young Arab film talents from Palestine, Morocco, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon to attend IDFAcademy during IDFA, this year taking place November 21-24.

    IDFA Bertha Fund supports 2 new projects with €30,000 each via IBF Europe – Distribution grant

    Two documentary projects have been selected to receive the IBF Europe – Distribution grant, which supports the distribution of co-productions between European and non-European producers. One IBF Europe – Distribution grant is still available for 2019.

    Call for entry: IDFA Bertha Fund Classic

    Today, the IDFA Bertha Fund opens its IBF Classic funding scheme for entry, calling for a new round of applications. Read more about the grant below and apply by December 10, 2019.

    Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Alan Berliner to speak at IDFAcademy during IDFA 2019

    Taking place over four days during IDFA 2019, IDFAcademy once again welcomes 100 emerging filmmakers from around the world to learn the ins and outs of the documentary industry from renowned directors and other experts. As of today, you can explore the complete program and list of selected participants online.

    33 films supported by IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFA Forum, IDFAcademy in festival selection

    With the complete IDFA 2019 selection out in the world, we're eager to share our yearly harvest of documentary films supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund, IDFA Forum, and IDFAcademy.

    IDFA, Tribeca Film Institute, and RYOT Films announce finalists for IF/Then Global Pitch at IDFA 2019

    During the 32nd edition of IDFA, six filmmaking teams will compete for a $25,000 USD production grant and year-round mentorship through Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then Shorts Program.

    60 projects selected to pitch at IDFA Forum 2019

    Today, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) announces the selected projects for this year’s IDFA Forum, the festival's renowned co-production and co-financing market. The selection reflects the broad range of what documentary film and new media has to offer. IDFA Forum takes place in Amsterdam from November 24 to 27, 2019.

    Get a sneak peek at IDFA’s upcoming Industry Program

    At the end of November, our Industry Program returns with a new slate of talks, sessions, meetups, and think tanks for industry professionals. Every year, we design a program that aims to inspire our professional guests and keep them up to date on the latest developments in the documentary industry. This year the topics have evolved, but the mission remains the same. From Industry Talks on SVOD and film archiving to expert think tanks on festival diversity and filmmakers at risk, there’s something for everyone. Take a first look at what’s on offer at our upcoming Industry Program.

    Award winners from Ouaga Film Lab and CNEX come to IDFA 2019

    Last week, IDFA Industry staff had the pleasure of awarding two documentary talents in Burkina Faso and Taiwan. At the Ouaga Film Lab in Ouagadougou, emerging Congolese director Joseph Moura took home the IDFA Award for Most Promising Project for his work Resilience (formerly RFI). Over at the CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum in Taipei, the IDFA team awarded Chinese director-producer duo Bo Yang and Xiao-fei Xu for their project Agaar the Nomad. Read more about these two up-and-coming documentary projects, and what’s in store for them at IDFA 2019, below.

    IDFA DocLab 2019: new awards, new DocLab Forum, and new locations

    As the 2019 edition of IDFA DocLab approaches, our new media program promises to offer industry professionals a cutting-edge program that celebrates the skill and craft of new media while presenting an integrated approach to knowledge sharing. New developments include more awards in the DocLab competitions, a new collaboration between the Forum and R&D Summit, and an expanded network of DocLab festival locations. Learn more about what’s in store for professionals at IDFA DocLab 2019.