Organization

Film program
IDFA is unique for its international film program, the variety of genres, its politically committed program and the many European and world premieres featured each year. Add to that the presence of many filmmakers, sizeable audiences, all the discussions and debates, workshops, masterclasses and the experienced staff, and it's no wonder IDFA is the pre-eminent festival for creative documentaries.

Creative documentaries
During IDFA, creative documentaries take centre stage. This means that IDFA chooses films which express the filmmaker's point of view in a creative and cinematic manner. The selection takes place on the basis of clear criteria. IDFA searches for documentaries that are cinematically intriguing or innovative, are relevant or highly topical to society at large, and stimulate the viewer to reflect, discuss and ask questions. IDFA strives for an international, diverse, topical and politically committed program.

International documentary institution
Aside from the festival, IDFA consists of three industry components: the IDFA Bertha Fund, the FORUM and Docs for Sale. All of these were established in order to improve the international climate for creative documentaries.

The IDFA Bertha Fund offers support to documentary projects and festivals in developing countries, the IDFA Forum is Europe's biggest co-financing market for international documentary productions, and Docs for Sale is an international documentary market where buyers, sales agents and distributors can see a selection from the best creative documentaries of the past year. Together, these activities have propelled IDFA to its current, top-ranked status within the world of creative documentary cinema.
IDFAcademy Summer School 2016 April 12, 2016 | The IDFAcademy Summer School has announced the sixteen selected projects for the 2016 edition of the week-long training program, held July 4-9.
Ally Derks announces her departure from IDFA in 2017 April 5, 2016 | Having spent almost thirty years at the head of IDFA, founder and festival director Ally Derks has decided to leave the festival in 2017, after the festival's 30th anniversary. Derks: "That seems like a good moment to say farewell and pass on the baton to the next generation."
IDFA Bertha Fund announces February 2016 selection April 5, 2016 | Eleven documentary projects from countries including Colombia, Kenya, Georgia and Iran will be supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund through its classic scheme. Another nine projects have been selected in the new IBF Europe category.
IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop announces 2016 tutors April 5, 2016 | The IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop 2016 will be tutored by filmmakers Petra Lataster-Czisch and Catherine van Campen. The deadline for entry is April 8.

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IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 1 day ago
Our first entry deadline (for films finished before April 1 this year) is coming up. Send us your film before May 1! https://t.co/dRMls6ynq0
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IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 10 days ago
RT @Docedge: THANK YOU, Rokhsareh is coming!! https://t.co/uAiiCrP4kR
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