Since its launch in 1988 IDFA has been one of the world's leading documentary film festivals, dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of ground-breaking creative documentaries. To keep up to date on all things IDFA, subscribe to our Industry Newsletter.


Every year, IDFA welcomes some 2,500 international guests in Amsterdam to celebrate the variety and breadth of the documentary genre. Accreditation is now open; please join us in Amsterdam in November! » Read more

Training & Education

To stimulate new talent and high level documentary production, IDFAcademy organizes workshops and training programs for both filmmakers and producers. » Read more

Markets & Funding

Alongside the festival, two documentary markets take place during IDFA: Docs for Sale and the IDFA Forum. The IDFA Bertha Fund stimulates the documentary climate in developing countries.
Looking at documentary sound October 6, 2015 | Sound in the documentary will be the central theme of the Sounds Real program. IDFA has invited five international sound designers to choose two documentaries with exceptional sound design: one of their own, and one by a colleague.
Errol Morris's Top 10 selection announced September 29, 2015 | The Top 10 selection by renowned filmmaker Errol Morris for IDFA 2015 has been announced. The list includes classics such as Werner Herzog's Fata Morgana and Frederick Wiseman's Welfare as well as Nick Broomfield's most recent film Tales of the Grim Sleeper.
Opening film: A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert September 22, 2015 | The 28th edition of IDFA will open with A Family Affair by Dutch director Tom Fassaert, an exploration of the director's own delicate family history.
IDFA and the Stedelijk Museum present Don't Blink - Robert Frank September 15, 2015 | The work of American photographer Robert Frank will be in the spotlight at the upcoming IDFA.


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