About the Festival

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. It has consistently served up the latest works of the world’s leading documentarians to a discerning and discriminating audience, and has dedicated itself to the task of devising innovative funding structures to ensure continuing production of top-level documentary films.

This year IDFA celebrates its 25th birthday. This will of course be a time for reflection, but also a time to look forward and to anticipate the future trajectory of the vital and necessary genre to which we have dedicated our working lives. It will also be a time to salute our wonderful audiences and our highly talented, polemical, daring, thought-provoking and visionary filmmakers, without whom there would be no IDFA at all.
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.
IDFA Bertha Fund introduces distribution support September 1, 2015 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is adding a new branch to its recently introduced IBF Europe category: distribution support. The first deadline for the new scheme is February 1. Says IBF Manager Isabel Arrate Fernandez: "It's meant to be a place for new experiments and innovative ways of getting films out there."


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Very proud to announce the Top 10 selection by @errolmorris for IDFA 2015! https://t.co/hOypvJ789f
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