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.
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."


IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 3 days ago
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IDFAindustry @IDFAindustry 5 days ago
Very proud to announce the Top 10 selection by @errolmorris for IDFA 2015!
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